Last week’s filing of seven lawsuits against McDonald’s Corp. and several of its franchisees threatened the industry titan with “vicarious liability” for the alleged wrongdoing of its owner-operators, which large restaurant franchisors have faced before, attorneys said. However, in the lawsuits brought by McDonald’s employees against the brand and its licensees in California, Michigan and New York, the plaintiffs seek to characterize Oak Brook, Ill.-based ...

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