Meineke franchisees win $601 mil in ad fund lawsuit

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GKN, parent of Meineke Muffler Discount Shops, said it will appeal the decision in a lawsuit it wrongly took money from its advertising account and failed to fulfill its ad commitment. U.S. District Judge Robert Potter last week ruled franchisees had been defrauded and awarded franchisees $601 million. The case could prompt ad-related lawsuits from other franchisers.

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