Lawsuits continued to plague the industry in 2007 as special-interest groups, governmental agencies, customers, employees and franchisees pressed claims against restaurant companies for the usual range of alleged infractions.Those complaints run the legal gamut, rooted in everything from slip-and-fall incidents, food poisoning outbreaks and civil-rights disputes to on-the-job bias and harassment issues, back-pay claims, and contractual grievances.Especially troubling because of the ...

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