Supreme Court confirms legal victory by Dunkin Donuts Quebec franchisees

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 17, 2016 11:16 am MDT Last Updated Mar 17, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Former franchisees that ran coffee shops under the Dunkin’ Donuts banner in Quebec have won a 13-year battle against the parent company.The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday dismissed a request to hear an appeal of a Quebec Court of Appeal decision last year.The ruling forces Dunkin’ Brands Canada Ltd. to pay the 21 former operators of 32 locations in the province nearly $18 million, including interest and legal costs.The former franchisees sued the company in 2003 for failing to live up to its obligation to promote the U.S. donut chain’s brand in Quebec as it faced growing competition from Tim Hortons.The company had alleged that the franchisees didn’t manage the brand according to its standards.In 2012, the Quebec Superior Court ruled in favour of the franchisees, cancelled their leases and contracts, and ordered Dunkin’ Donuts to pay $16.4 million in damages.Three years later, the Court of Appeal unanimously upheld the ruling but reduced the award to $10.9 million.Only four Dunkin’ Donuts locations remain in Quebec, all in the Montreal area. Supreme Court confirms legal victory by Dunkin’ Donuts Quebec franchisees read more