OCA certifies national class in Quizno’s franchise litigation

“Quiznos spared no effort to prevent the franchisees from bringing this case forward as a group. Franchisees are powerful when they band together and are easily crushed when they are forced to act alone. We now have a fair fight on our hands.”

http://business.financialpost.com
June 24, 2010

OCA certifies national class in Quizno’s franchise litigation
Julius Melnitzer

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld certification of a national class action brought by Canadian franchisees of the Quizno’s restaurant chain. The plaintiffs allege that Quizno’s violated its franchise agreement by improperly conspiring with co-defendant Gordon Food Service to inflate prices paid by franchisees for their supplies. The Court noted that the lawsuit was “exactly the kind of case for a class proceeding.”

“This is a very satisfying end to a long and bitterly fought process to obtain class action certification,” said David Sterns, who with colleagues Allan Dick and Sam Hall of Sotos LLP represented the franchisee plaintiffs. “Quiznos spared no effort to prevent the franchisees from bringing this case forward as a group. Franchisees are powerful when they band together and are easily crushed when they are forced to act alone. We now have a fair fight on our hands.”

Tim Pinos, Geoffrey Shaw and Eunice Machado of Cassels, Brock & Blackwell acted for Quizno’s; and Katherine Kay and Mark Walli of Stikeman Elliott were counsel for Gordon Food Services.

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