Tim Hortons Franchisees Sue RBI for $850M


TORONTO — Members of the Great White North Franchisee Association (GWNFA) — formed by Tim Hortons franchisees to address their grievances with parent company Restaurant Brands International Inc. (RBI) — have filed an $850-million class-action lawsuit against the company, according to the Financial Post.

The lawsuit alleges that the fast-food operator is trying to intimidate its restaurant owners and force the franchisees who formed the GWNFA out of their restaurants.

This marks the second class-action lawsuit members of the association have filed against RBI this year. In June, a Tim Hortons franchisee sought a class-action lawsuit against the company, alleging it improperly used money from a national advertising fund.

In the statement of claim filed in Ontario Superior Court, two GWNFA board members say that RBI and its Ontario-based Tim Hortons operator, TDL Group Ltd., issued them default notices based on claims that they, along with the rest of the association’s board group, leaked confidential corporate information to the press. Last month, TDL issued default notices to all nine of GWNFA’s board members — eight in Canada and one in the U.S.

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