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This Franchisee Lawyer Keeps Dreaming Up New Ways to Sue 7-Eleven

From left: Gerald A. Marks, Esq., and Louis D. Tambaro, Esq., outside of 7-Eleven franchise location in Red Bank, N.J., in July 2013
Courtesy of Marks & Klein, LLP

Gerald Marks has spent the past year suing 7-Eleven. The New Jersey lawyer is representing plaintiffs in a dozen lawsuits against the Dallas-based chain, including allegations that 7-Eleven violated labor laws and an antistalking statute and discriminated against immigrant business owners. Marks’s latest action, filed last week in federal district court in New Jersey, seeks back pay for a group of 7-Eleven corporate employees and paints the chain as a bully that uses its heft to push franchisees out of their stores. The company disputes the allegations.