FRANCHISE: Did 7-11 enact “Operation Philadelphia” to get rid of franchisees?

Several lawsuits have claim that 7-11 schemed to scheme to drive out franchisees in Philadelphia and South Jersey and take back their stores.  More recently, a New Jersey federal court permitted a franchisees claim of an “Operation Philadelphia” to go forward under a theory of a breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. The Court found that the franchisee Korchid sufficiently plead this claim as the initial stages of the proceeding.  See Korchid v 7-Eleven, Inc., 2019 WL 3812472 (D.N.J. August 14, 2019).

Will we find out if Korchid ultimately prevails?  Probably not – the Judge referred the case to arbitration as required the franchise

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