By Sean Kelly
7-ELEVEN Franchise Lawsuit Alleges Stalking and Harrassment of 7-11 Franchisee
Posted: March 19, 2014
A successful, multi-unit franchise owner who was the 2008 Franchisee of the Year is suing 7-Eleven, Inc. for stalking, harrassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and for running him down outside a CVS Pharmacy. [It’s the 2nd lawsuit of the day filed against 7-Eleven. Also see 7-ELEVEN Patel Franchise Lawsuit Alleges 7-11 “Storm Trooper” Tactics] Adnan “Andy” Khan has been a well-respected 7-Eleven franchisee for nearly 34 years. He owns the rights to and operates five California 7-Eleven franchises in South El Monte, West Covina, Baldwin Park, El Monte, and Pomona. Andy Khan’s accomplishments are impressive and numerous: Founding member and Past President of the 7-Eleven Political Action Committee. An active member and past board member of three Franchise Owners Associations (FOA). Franchisee of the Year. A Certificate of Achievement and Champion Retailer designation from 7-Eleven. A Certificate of Congressional Commendation.
However, the lawsuit filed on Andy Khan’s behalf in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California alleges that the profitability of Andy Khan’s high-volume stores, along with his active and influential role in the 7-Eleven franchisee community, has made him a target for forced expulsion from the 7-Eleven franchise system. The lawsuit alleges that the Asset Protection division of 7-Eleven is actively trying to drive out franchisees like Andy Khan – influential leaders with valuable locations – so that they can seize and resell their franchise rights to third parties for millions of dollars in additional revenue. Andy Khan maintains that he and his Operations Manager are being subjected to intense and terrifying surveillance, via GPS tracking through their cell phones and physical “tailing” of them by a mystery man who regularly switches vehicles.
The lawsuit, Adnan Khan v. 7-Eleven, Inc., filed by law firms Marks & Klein LLP and Schindler Law Group, alleges Violation of the California Unfair Business Practices Act, Violation of California’s Anti-Stalking Statute, and Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress. It demands a trial by jury and judgement against 7-Eleven that includes a prohibition against private investigations in connection with Khan, his family, stores, employees and associates, compensatory, consequential and punitive damages, attorneys fees, court costs and more.