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MATCO TOOLS Franchise Complaints

June 5, 2012

MATCO TOOLS Franchise Complaints:  Have you had any dealings with MATCO Tools  or the MATCO Tools franchise?  Please share a comment about your experience – good or bad – below, as well as advice for those considering investing in a MATCO Tools franchise.

Also read: FRANCHISE LAWSUIT Alleges Matco Tools Scam, TD Bank Fraud

We received the following franchise warning about the MATCO TOOLS franchise opportunity.  According to commenter “TOMMY CHEUNG” :

“STAY AWAY FROM MATCO TOOLS. THEY WILL SELL YOU A BILL OF GOODS,WHICH IS NO GOOD.

“RUMOR HAS IT ,MATCO MAKES MORE MONEY SIGNING NEW FRANCHISES THAN THEY DO TAKING CARE OF THEIR CURRENT ONES.

“DARYL PRITCHETT AND MIKE RAMEY WORK TOGETHER TO SIGN YOU UP AND THEN KICK YOU TO THE CURB. I AM WORKING ON A LAWSUIT AGAINST MATCO, HOPING TO TURN IT INTO A CLASS ACTION SUIT. YOU MAY CONTACT JERRY MARKS AT MARKS AND KLEIN LAW FIRM AT [redacted], IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

“I INVESTED ALOT OF MONEY IN MATCO AND AFTER 3.5 YEARS THEY SHUT ME DOWN. WHEN THE ECONOMY SLOWED IN 2008,THEY PUT ME OUT OF BUSINESS.

“I ALSO SPOKE TO A PREVIOUS EXECUTIVE, WHO CALLED ME, AND STATED THATS THE WAY MATCO DOES BUSINESS. STAY AWAY FROM MATCO TOOLS AND RUN LIKE HELL WHEN YOU SEE THEM. I REPEAT DO NOT BUY OR INVEST IN MATCO TOOLS…”

Marks & Klein is a legitimate franchise law firm that often represents franchisees in lawsuits against their franchisors, but we haven’t verified with them whether a lawsuit against Matco Tools is in the works or not.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?  IS MATCO TOOLS A GOOD FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY, A FAIR FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY OR A FRANCHISE SCAM? 

If you’ve had dealings with Matco Tools, please share a comment below.

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links)

MATCO TOOLS Franchise Report Alleges Distributor Churning  November 29,
2011

MATCO TOOLS 2011 Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) & Other
Resources
  November 22, 2011

MATCO TOOLS Class Action Lawsuit, “Secret” Sales Projections  November
22, 2011

FRANCHISE LAWSUIT Alleges Matco Tools Scam, TD Bank Fraud  November 15,
2011

Failure Rates of the 10 Most Popular Franchises  April 26, 2010

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Comments

4,809 Responses to “MATCO TOOLS Franchise Complaints”

  1. Todd A. Peterson says:

    I want JUSTICE! I want these criminals put behind bars! THAT MEANS YOU Tim Gilmore, Ernie Lauber, Tom Willis, Tim Novak, Rick Pena and Anthony Kramer! Oh! and lets not leave out some scum bag Matco/ Danaher attorneys who lie to victims of their franchise scam after they falsely terminate them according to the Arkansas Franchise Practices Act that they say is greater than the written contract in the UFOC!

  2. Todd A. Peterson says:

    I am going NOWHERE! This site is here to expose what the franchise world really is and I plan on expressing the TRUTH to keep others from ever buying into this piece of crap industry! People will recognize the truth when you trolls get on here to harass me! I back my statements up with FACTS! Not made up crap like Tim Gilmore does in his recruitment videos to entice MORE victims to become franchisees in their CHURN machine! My prayer is someday an honest public servant will need me to testify (PROFESSIONAL FRANCHISEE WITNESS) to the blatant contract fraud and criminal actions Matco (Danaher) commits against their franchisees. I don’t want a DIME! Just get me in a #%$ing court room!!! PLEASE!

  3. Todd A. Peterson says:

    By the way Mr. Hancock. You mentioned class action lawsuit by Mr. Gerald (Jerry) Marks. Did you know that we franchisees were misrepresented by Mr. Marks? You see there were some franchisees called the Villano’s. They sued Matco for the SBA loan fraud! BUT WAIT! Why were there a lot of other franchisees sending Mr. Marks a $4000 retainer +40% of any moneys? Did those individuals know they were being involved in a class action? No they did not! Why wouldn’t Mr. Marks tell clients who thought they were being represented individually they were part of a class action? If you told your attorney you didn’t want to be part of a class action and then he takes your money and you see after he falsely terminated your relationship that he mediated 30+ franchisees you helped bring to him by calling terminated franchisees on the FDD would this be a misrepresentation by an attorney if you see in the new FDD that Mr. Marks lists this other group in a class action? I am sure that the clients he rejected (I know of three) would have loved to jump aboard a class action. I for one told Mr. Marks I wanted no part of a class action. I wanted him to represent me in court and then in arbitration if he could not get Matco to mediate first. Never ever heard the word class action come out of his mouth or fingers!

    Yes! I hired Mr. Marks! I also had an Ohio attorney hired to represent me in Arbitration! Funny how Mr. Marks made all that go away! Shortly after I hired Mr. Marks to represent my claims against Matco my Ohio attorney sent me back my retainer to represent my in Ohio if I was forced into Arbitration. Then after Mr. Marks falsely terminated our client/ attorney relationship I was forced to hire another law firm within 10 days. I hired another franchise attorney firm called Lagarius & Boulter whom took my retainer and was supposed to get Matco and myself together to mediate face to face but that never happened! Instead, I got a letter from Rob Boulter stating that he was no longer with Lagarius & Boulter within a month after I gave him $5000 for Lagarius & Boulter to represent me. Of course Matco requested all the documents I had to produce when Mr. Marks represented me and of course the $5000 retainer was gone without ever getting us to the mediation table. Of course, the $5000 I paid was supposed to get representation of a FIRM but was left solely to Rob Boulter who talked alot but did not do what he said he would do when I hired him. His bill was like over $12,000 he wanted me to pay but he hadn’t done crap to get us together in Ohio to attempt to mediate. After sitting down and coming up with damages in excess of $700,00 Matco only wanted to mediate I believe it was $50,000 and, of course, I would have to sign their exit strategy agreement stating I would never discuss my franchise, deem myself the one responsible for the failure and agree not to be involved in any class action. Of course, I told Matco to screw themselves.

    Arbitration: Rob Boulter put a price tag on mediation at about $50,000. He would be there to arbitrate but another Ohio attorney would have to be hired.

    So a falsely terminated franchisee who had criminal acts (felonies) committed against his franchise has to pay in excess $50,000 to obtain justice against felons?

    So if I drive to Ohio (Matco Headquarters) and commit crimes against Matco they will have to Arbitrate in Ohio and pay lots of money to do it?

  4. Hancock says:

    Todd –

    Now that’s the way to explain your situation.

    Not surprised that arbitration could cost upwards of $50,000.

    I don’t know if you have a winnable case against Matco and the attorneys who previously represented you.

    Have you talked with Peter Silverman or James A. Meaney?

  5. Todd A. Peterson says:

    I have spoke with at least a hundred attorneys about my case. Most would not even look at ANY evidence because it was franchising. Even franchise attorney’s blew me off. They didn’t even ask what my franchisor did to me! They just assume I am pissed because I failed! But I didn’t fail! I was fraudulently terminated for a “good cause” Matco (Danaher) created. I have absolute proof of all of this but no one cares!

    Why does noone care?

    Do we live in a world where criminal (felony) acts can be committed against a franchisee and noone will hold them accountable for their actions. You say I want a “nanny state” but don’t we already have one? If I choose not to wear my seatbelt a police officer will pull me over and give me a $50 fine! But if a franchisor commits felony acts against a franchisee the franchisee has to PAY for the franchisor to be brought to justice? This sounds like a bunch of BULL#$% to me! Why the HELL should I pay any taxes to this government? Why the hell should I pay any State taxes to my State? If they won’t protect me with the laws they make which hold franchisors accountable for improper relationships with their franchisees why should I have ANYTHING TO DO WITH ANY FORM of government or state leadership? Our Constitution ensures that certain liberty’s are protected so as Americans we should not have to be dependent on government. I don’t want to pay for entitlements, SNAP, Social Security, Retirement, Health Care, FEMA, DHS, FTC, etc… Why should I have to support the programs I do not want when my government will not protect me from those who break the laws my government makes? Again! I am not some shmuck who bought into something thinking that I would make money because Matco was going to give me success. I MADE MY FRANCHISE SUCCESSFUL!!!!!!! Matco didn’t have s#$% to do with it! MATCO (DANAHER) destroyed my success and committed felony’s against my franchise to terminate it FALSELY!!!

  6. Guest says:

    “I have spoke with at least a hundred attorneys about my case. Most would not even look at ANY evidence because it was franchising. Even franchise attorney’s blew me off. They didn’t even ask what my franchisor did to me! They just assume I am pissed because I failed!”

    Todd, attorneys take on franchise cases with failed franchisees every day. May I humbly suggest that they won’t work with you because (no offense) you are an irrational hothead who doesn’t listen and refuses to consider what others are saying to you. You transmit but you don’t receive.

    If you see a guy screaming, ranting and raving on a city sidewalk, you don’t think “Hmmm this fellow is making some valid points” or “I think I’ll stop and listen to his entire story.” No, you think “there’s a crazy guy” and you move to the other side of the street.

    You have some valid issues but you blow your credibility because a lot of what you say is just inaccurate and wrong and you won’t listen to those who try to educate you like a rational person would do.

    I feel bad for you, but as long as you act like the crazy guy on the street corner you will just keep ranting and most everyone will continue to ignore you. I’m sure your family and everyone around you heads for the hills when it’s ranting time.

  7. Todd A. Peterson says:

    I transmit because I have LIVED! Why are you transmitting guest with no name? I am a hot head? You damn right I am! Why would I not be hot GUEST? A victim of a multi-billion dollar scam of the American people? You yourself have admitted that Matco (Danaher) is a scam! Yet, you want to act like I am the reason for my failure and somehow there is no responsibility to franchisors for their fraud! You only know what I have told but I could show you so much more Guest! Do you want to see? I doubt it! You just want to paint me as a lunatic which I am not! I am just a victim who is smart enough to figure out how Matco (Danaher), as well as hundreds of other franchisors, ride the corporate umbrella of the IFA to clench their hands around the necks of their franchisee victims! As far as I am concerned and based on the fact that my franchisor can violate laws without being held accountable for their actions the WHOLE entire industry is predicated on FRAUD!!! I mean as Americans we are subject to laws. We can not violate laws without punishment. How is it that a FRANCHISOR can violate laws and NO ONE wants to hold them accountable? Crimes like creating false documents to terminate a franchisee. Inflating a franchisees head count on paper to justify “good cause” for separation. Terminating a franchisee for “good cause” when the franchisee was told he had cured. Committing “grand larceny” by not paying in full the franchisee the total amount for the tools he was allowed to return. Breaching a contract before the franchisee ever steps in his route. Terminating a franchisee for a second offense for “good cause” when the law says he is to be given 10 days to cure. Terminating a franchisee based on a reason for “good cause” when that “good cause” is a violation of law. Sending an owner (investor) of NMTC Inc. dba Matco Tools to get a franchisee to surrender the success of his business. Sending a Regional Manager to threaten a franchisee with the loss of his franchise if he does not surrender what makes his business successful.

    So many violations and not one person to make a stand against this type of behavior. It is a felony according to the “Arkansas Franchise Practices Act” for NMTC Inc. dba Matco Tools (Danaher) employees to do what was done to my franchise. I guess a crime is only a crime if someone will hold you to the letter of the law. I want those who committed crimes against me, my family, my state and hundreds of thousands of franchisees to be held ACCOUNTABLE for their CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR!!!

    Does anyone have a BACKBONE!

  8. Todd A. Peterson says:

    By the way GUEST! Please list ANYTHING I am saying which you say is not true!

  9. Todd A. Peterson says:

    Or inaccurate!

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