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• The Wall Street Journal reports that "in the latest dispute over the legal relationship between companies and their franchisees, New York’s attorney general on Tuesday claimed that Domino’s Pizza Inc. is responsible for its franchisees knowingly underpaying their employees ... The lawsuit against Domino’s and three of its franchisees, filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan on Monday, claims that the company’s faulty payroll system led to workers being underpaid a total of at least $565,000 for 10 of its stores."

According to the story, "Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is suing the company, said a four-year investigation revealed that Domino’s is highly involved in the hiring and firing practices of its franchisees and that the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based parent company mandated that they use a payroll software system that under-calculated gross wages and failed to fix it when problems were brought to their attention."

• MNB took note the other day of a New York Times story about a company called Beyond Meat that says it has come up with a robust plant-based alternative to the hamburger - and that will go on sale this week in a Colorado Whole Foods, where it will be sold out of the same case that has beef, poultry, lamb and pork. " The burger bleeds (beet juice!) when cooked, and is said to have the same texture and smell as cooked beef.

A quick follow up here .... because the Chicago Tribune is reporting this morning that when the Beyond Meat burgers became available - at $5.99 for a pack of two patties - the first batch sold out in an hour.
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