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Tim Hortons Franchisees File Lawsuit Against Parent Co.

CBJ — A number of franchise owners within the Tim Horton’s group continue their battle with the large company and it appears it won’t be resolved any time soon following the launch of a lawsuit alleging that parent company Restaurant Brands International, its subsidiary and several top executives have subverted their right to associate.

The defendants have engaged in conduct that “seeks to interfere with, restrict, penalize, or threaten franchisees from exercising their rights to associate,” according to a lawsuit filed in an Ontario Superior Court of Justice on behalf of two franchisees who belong to The Great White North Franchisee Association. None of the claims have been proven in court.

The association formed this past March to raise franchisee concerns over the management of the brand.

Tim Hortons responded by calling the lawsuit “unfounded,” in a statement released by its media relations arm.