The Providence Journal reports that Senior U.S. District Judge Ronald Lagueux – midway through trial – threw out a Vermont businessman’s suit accusing Dunkin’ Donuts of knowingly setting up his franchises to fail, finding there was no evidence the coffee shop chain contributed to his financial losses. Judge Lagueux said that the plaintiff had not proven that Dunkin’ Donuts engaged in fraud or breached its contract with him.
“I’m very disappointed,” Barkan said Thursday as he and his wife headed back to Vermont. “I’d have a lot more confidence in a decision by a jury. That’s why we pursued this case.”
Barkan said he had lost “millions and millions of dollars” in business dealing with Dunkin’ Donuts and that the day he signed on with the company was the worst of his life. Both he and his lawyer, Elizabeth M. Noonan, of Adler Pollock & Sheehan, promised to appeal.