Attorney Jonathan Fortman filed suit in Missouri yesterday seeking certification of a nationwide class of all Stratus Building Solutions unit franchisees who have agreements with the master franchisees.
Fortman’s petition to the court on behalf of Stratus franchisees Markeeta Rivera and Guadalupe Clemente (and those similarly situated) does not seek monetary compensation. According to Fortman, “We are simply asking the court to declare that under Missouri law, the Stratus Master Franchisees are captive agents of Stratus (based on Stratus’ level of control) and not independent contractors.”
Fortman says “We are also asking the court to declare that Stratus Building Solutions and its franchising company have conspired to defraud both the master and the unit franchisees into purchasing into a system they knew, based on their experience in St. Louis, could not be sustained.”
The Stratus Master Franchise Agreements require that the agreement be interpreted under Missouri law. If the Missouri judge rules in Fortman’s favor, he will be well-positioned to file group action lawsuits throughout the country on behalf of Stratus Building Solutions franchise owners.
The lawsuit includes the sad stories of the Plaintiffs, two Hispanic women who lost their savings through the alleged “churning” and other deceptive practices of the Stratus Building Solutions franchise sales machine. As soon as they are posted, you can read their stories here:
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