Attorneys provide services that economists classify as credence goods which are quite susceptible to fraud.
Franchisee attorneys sometimes act on their own self-interest because only the elites know the game and they mostly keep their mouths shut. After the confidentiality agreements are signed, there is very little danger of client complaints.
Here is one perspective on the U.S. Quiznos class action lawsuit settlement process that resonates.
If you were a conspiracy theorist, might you suspect something like…..
The lawyers for both sides colluded to end the case in a manner that got the franchisees nothing; cost the franchisor nothing other than its legal fees (because the debt written off was worthless anyway); the “benefits” to the franchisees are illusory and valuless; the judge would sign off on anything just to clear the case from his docket so long as he had some/any piece of paper in the record saying that the franchisees were getting real value; and they found a valuation “expert” with a degree in alchemy.
NAH! THEY WOULDN’T DO THAT.WOULD THEY?
Richard Solomon has over 40 years of franchise law experience in the United States and his Franchise Remedies site is an important resource.