Food fight over franchise fees

The combination Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins store at 11 S. Nansemond St. in Carytown. (PHOTO: RichmondBizSense.com)

The combination Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins store at 11 S. Nansemond St. in Carytown. (PHOTO: RichmondBizSense.com)

By Michael Schwartz

RICHMOND, Va. (RichmondBizSense.com) – Doughnuts and ice cream can get messy.

The owners of 10 Central Virginia Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins stores, including seven across the Richmond area and three in Fredericksburg, have been sued in federal court after allegedly falling behind on franchise fees and rent payments.

Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins on Feb. 7 sued a dozen LLCs that own the franchises, alleging trademark infringement and demanding they cease use of all branded items and signage.

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