Canadian Tim Hortons franchisees have received
copies of the proposed settlement in two class-action lawsuits filed by the
Great White North Franchisee Association (GWNFA) against the brand’s parent
company, Restaurant Brands International (RBI), according to The Canadian Press.
The agreement, which was filed in Ontario Superior Court on
March 6, addresses allegations that the company improperly used funds from a
national advertising fund and tried to intimidate its restaurant owners and
force the franchisees who formed the GWNFA out of their restaurants.
The agreement addresses points laid out in the term
sheet submitted last month, as well as greater detail on the Tim
Hortons franchisee advisory board will function to increase transparency. The
proposed settlement will also allow franchisees to negotiate some contracts,
such as insurance and dairy, on their own in the future.
Tim Hortons has also agreed to rescind brand protection and
breach of media policy notices served to six GWNFA members last year and extend
the franchisees’ agreements by 10 years.
have until mid-April to accept the settlement or request to opt out.