W. Pa. Franchises File Class-action Over Quiznos

July 9, 2008 6:02:18 AM PDT
A group of Quiznos franchise holders in southwestern Pennsylvania is suing the Colorado-based company saying it promotes "grossly inflated" company profits at their expense. The company's general counsel says the federal lawsuit filed in Pittsburgh is a copycat action of one recently dismissed by a federal judge in Illinois. He says the suits contain allegations that have nothing to do with how the company operates now.

The Pittsburgh-area franchise owners says the company oversaturates areas with Quiznos restaurants, many of which fail as a result. The company also forces franchise owners to deal with suppliers connected to Quiznos, who charge high prices and cause the stores to lose money, among other complaints.

Quiznos has about 5,000 U.S. stores and 130 in Pennsylvania.