BK sued by franchisees over soft drink contracts

ATLANTA Burger King franchisees are suing the franchisor, as well as The Coca-Cola Co. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc., claiming Burger King Corp. is unlawfully diverting funds that once were earmarked for franchisees to the corporate advertising account.

The dispute stemmed from Burger King’s announcement on April 6 that it intended to substantially reduce the restaurant operating funds, or ROFs, paid to franchisees by Coke and Dr Pepper under the terms of

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