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Monday, August 18, 2008

Burger King Franchises Oppose Longer Hours

Three longtime Burger King Holdings Inc. franchisees have filed suit against the parent company, alleging that forcing stores to have extended late-night and early-morning hours wastes money and puts the safety of employees and customers at risk. The franchisees, who together own 57 Burger King locations, filed the lawsuit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court. They allege that Burger King's actions violate their franchise agreements. Starting June 1, Burger King began to require that all stores stay open until at least 2 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. According to the suit, the franchise agreement states that stores have to stay open until 11 p.m. The suit was previously reported by the Miami Herald.

Wall Street Journal; August 1, 2008