7-Eleven's Legal Crises
Follow the trail of franchisee issues plaguing the country's largest convenience store chain
DALLAS -- On the heels of nine 7-Eleven store owners and managers being charged with exploiting immigrants as part of a federal probe, 7-Eleven itself has filed a lawsuit against a former chairman of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees claiming that he siphoned off hundreds of thousands of dollars for at least four years. Click through the headlines below as CSP Daily News follows each step as these stories unfold.
New Franchisee Concerns for 7-Eleven (July 31, 2013)
Franchisee suit accuses corporate of "fraudulent misrepresentation" on overtime, benefits, taxes, more
More Arrests Expected in Immigration, Identity-Theft Probe (July 29, 2013)
One defendant claims wife, child taken "as leverage to keep him from talking"
7-Eleven Legal Issues Cast Shadow on Franchisee Convention (July 11, 2013)
Annual meeting anything but business as usual
First Rulings Come Down in 7-Eleven-Khan Lawsuit (July 3, 2013)
Franchisee allowed to maintain stores at least until next court date
7-Eleven Complaint Details Claims Against Khan, Others (June 25, 2013)
Inventory shortages allegedly topped $2.43 million
7-Eleven Franchisee Khan Denies Siphoning Off Funds (June 24, 2013)
Chain conducted "secret buys" to investigate alleged wrongdoing; "witch hunt," says defendant
What Did 7-Eleven Know? (June 24, 2013)
Questions focus on corporate's central payroll system
7-Eleven Inc. conducted "secret buys" to investigate suspected wrongdoing.
7-Eleven Exploitation Scheme Defendants Go to Court (June 23, 2013)
Report looks at how franchisees' "plantation system" worked.
7-Eleven Inc. Conducting Post-Raid Franchisee Reviews (June 20, 2013)
Tells all franchise stores to perform internal audit ahead of field audits of employee files.
7-Eleven Inc. Taking Over Raided N.Y., Va. C-Stores (June 19, 2013)
Stores reopening after federal raids, staffed by corporate supervisors, workers.
Coalition Leader, Authorities Speak Out Over 7-Eleven Raid (June 18, 2013)
Defendants exploited immigrants, "creating modern-day plantation system," says U.S. attorney.
Federal Raid Targets N.Y., Va. 7-Eleven Stores (June 17, 2013)
Investigation into franchisee exploitation of illegal immigrants going nationwide (slideshow).
Two South Jersey Franchisees Sue 7-Eleven (June 14, 2013)
Claim chain not keeping up with competition in their markets