Disgruntled franchisees suing Green Acres

A group of more than 60 people have gone to the High Court to try and claim more than $8.1 million for training, guaranteed income for the term of the franchises, non-existent franchise businesses and equipment bought from former Green Acres franchise manager Keith Lapham, The New Zealand Herald reports.

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April 26, 2010

Disgruntled franchisees suing Green Acres

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Source: ONE News

Dozens of people claiming to have been ripped off after signing up to allegedly non-existent Green Acres franchises are suing the firm for millions of dollars.

A group of more than 60 people have gone to the High Court to try and claim more than $8.1 million for training, guaranteed income for the term of the franchises, non-existent franchise businesses and equipment bought from former Green Acres franchise manager Keith Lapham, The New Zealand Herald reports.

Lapham has been committed to trial over the matter following a Serious Fraud Office investigation and is defending the three fraud charges he faces, while Green Acres also says it will defend any claims.

Almost 200 people, including many immigrants, paid up for ironing businesses .

The company is being accused of breaching its duty by failing to monitor and control Lapham, who bought the master ironing franchise for the Auckland area, and failing to terminate the franchise agreement with him.

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