Franchisees File Law Suit Against Edible Arrangements
by Ed Teixeira
Edible Arrangements the franchisor that sells floral like designs from
sculpted fresh fruit has been sued by a group of franchisees. Read further
details of this story.
A group of 170 franchisees filed a lawsuit on September 20th against the
franchisor, Edible Arrangements. The suit was brought in federal district
court in Connecticut.
Edible Arrangements, which is based in Wallingford, Connecticut has over
780 franchisees in its network. The company started franchising in 1999 and
has grown significantly over the past 10 years.
The EA Independent Franchisee Association which represents a number of EA
franchisees brought the action. Numerous sources reported that Justin Klein,
the attorney representing the franchisees stated that Edible Arrangements
has altered its business arrangement with franchisees over the last several
years. As a result, Klein stated, the franchisees have seen expenses
increase because of new mandates implemented by Edible Arrangements.
Klein stated “The mandates that the franchisor is requiring the
franchisees to implement is in violation of its contractual obligations and
general principles of fairness,” Klein said.
Klein reported that the EA Independent Franchisee Association has been in
existence for about a year and includes some Connecticut franchisees, Klein
said, although he declined to identify any who are participating in the
lawsuit. There are 32 Edible Arrangements stores in Connecticut, including
eight in the New Haven area.
For the past year there have been reports of franchisee dissatisfaction
and the lawsuit could be the result of a failure of the parties to resolve
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