The SJC and Dunkin’ Donuts: Squeezing the Filling Out of the Small Franchise
Melissa Ann Gauthier
Franchising businesses deliver goods and services to American consumers in every field imaginable, from well-known fast-food outlets, gas stations, and car dealerships, to little-known areas such as process serving, window blind cleaning, and stone refinishing. Franchising has become a way of life in America and people interact with franchise organizations on a daily basis without realizing it. This Note examines critical issues confronting the small franchisee owner—the covenant not to compete within the franchise agreement and the methods by which courts analyze the covenants. . . .