Ichter Thomas, LLC Obtains $1.155 Million Verdict for Former Franchisees of Legacy Academy, Inc.

A Gwinnett County jury has awarded Michele and Lorraine Reymond (the “Reymonds”), former franchisees of Legacy Academy, Inc. (“Legacy”), $1,155,000 after concluding Legacy made misleading and deceptive earnings claims to the Reymonds as an inducement to enter into a franchise agreement, and simultaneously denied Legacy’s claim against the Reymonds for approximately $700,000 in royalty and attorney’s fees under that franchise agreement. The Reymonds were represented at trial by Cary Ichter and Dan Davis.

The underlying relationship started in 2001, when Legacy represented to the Reymonds that they could expect, based on the performance of existing Legacy daycare centers, to have a net income, before taxes and depreciation, of $259,000 in their first year of operation, and $439,000 in their second and third years of operation. In fact, the Reymonds, like many other Legacy franchisees, never made anything close to this amount in their first three (3) years of operations.

In 2010, the Reymonds filed suit in the Superior Court of Gwinnett County alleging violation of a legal duty arising under 16 C.F.R. § 436.1 pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 51-1-6 (a statute that creates a right to recover for violations of legal duties that do not otherwise provide a private right of action), fraud, negligent misrepresentations, Georgia RICO, and rescission of their franchise agreement. Legacy filed a counterclaim in which it sought to recover six percent (6%) of the Reymonds’ gross income as royalty fees due under the franchise agreement from November 2010 until September 2026—an amount which easily totaled six (6) figures and which Legacy later represented as some $650,000.

On March 25, 2013, the case proceeded to trial. After a full week of evidence, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the Reymonds. Importantly, the jury specifically concluded that Legacy and its owners and officers—Frank and Melissa Turner—had engaged in at least two (2) acts of theft by deception, which is a criminal offense.

Currently, Legacy is involved in five (5) other lawsuits with former Legacy franchisees, all of whom are represented by Ichter Thomas, LLC, and all of who have similar claims alleging fraud and/or a pattern of racketeering activity. This wave of litigation follows an earlier arbitration involving five (5) other Legacy franchisees who were also represented by Cary Ichter. In 2010, the Superior Court of Gwinnett County confirmed an arbitration award finding Legacy had also given “misleading financial information in the [Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”)-required Uniform Franchise Offering Circular (“UFOC”)] and outside the UFOC to [these other franchisees] and [in doing so] violated the disclosure requirements of [16 C.F.R. § 436.1],” and, as a result, awarding those five (5) former franchisees more than $1 million in damages and rescinding both $1 million in promissory notes and the franchise agreements at issue.

Whether helping franchisors with litigation avoidance, such as complying with the FTC rules concerning disclosures to franchisees, or franchisees with avoiding potentially catastrophic financial ruin from business relationships induced by deceit, Ichter Thomas, LLC is ready and able to provide a full array of legal services on your behalf. If you are interested, please call Cary Ichter or Dan Davis at 404-869-7600.

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LEGACY ACADEMY Invited to Respond to Franchise Complaints

The Legacy Academy daycare franchise and its founders, Melissa and Frank Turner, have garnered some pretty unflattering press on UnhappyFranchisee.Com.

We reported that it appeared that the Legacy Academy franchise company has had as many franchisee lawsuits as it has open centers (11).

We reported that “In 2010, the Superior Court of Gwinnett County confirmed an arbitration award finding Legacy had given ‘misleading financial information’ to prospective franchisees, awarding five (5) former franchisees more than $1 million in damages and rescinding both $1 million in promissory notes and their franchise agreements.”

We reported that “After hearing a case presented by attorney Cary Ichter, the jury concluded that Legacy and its owners and officers—Frank and Melissa Turner—had engaged in at least two acts of theft by deception, which is a criminal offense.

“As of April, 2013, Legacy was involved in five (5) other lawsuits with former Legacy franchisees, all of whom are represented by Ichter Thomas, LLC, and all of who have similar claims alleging fraud and/or a pattern of racketeering activity.”

We also voiced our concern as to whether Legacy Academy and Melissa & Frank Turner have altered their franchise marketing and sales approach in light of these lawsuits.

Despite multiple franchisee failures and lawsuits, the Legacy Academy website uses terms like “very profitable return,” “our very successful Daycare Franchises,” and states that franchising “is one of the most secure forms of business operation available…”

Legacy AcademyA testimonial video currently posted on the franchise page provides student enrollment representations that could potentially be construed as an earnings claim in violation of the FTC Franchise Rule.

We were (and are) interested in what the company thinks of our observation that Legacy Academy doesn’t seem to have reverted to the highly conservative franchise marketing messages one would expect after being litigated for misleading and deceptive claims.

[Photo, left, Legacy Academy sign, Snellville, GA. Photo credit: John Robert Conley. License: Creative Commons]

Legacy Academy Asked for Their Side of the Story

Every company and every individual discussed on UnhappyFranchisee.com has the right to address allegations, opinions or other statements made about them, and provide corrections, clarifications or rebuttals.

That’s our policy.

We are all about hosting a dialogue, and letting readers decide for themselves.

When the news is as unflattering as Legacy Academy’s, we often make a special effort to give the company a chance to respond.

In the case of Legacy Academy and Melissa & Frank Turner, we not only included the invitation in our post, we submitted it to them August 9, 2013 via the web form on their website.

We received this confirmation by email:

Thank You For Contacting Legacy Academy – Corporate

Legacy Academy [email protected] via worldsecuresystems.com

8/9/13

Dear Unhappy Franchisee,

Thank you for contacting us at Legacy Academy – Corporate. One of our Legacy team members will contact you shortly. Below is the details of your form submission!

Summary of web form submission:

Your Name

Unhappy Franchisee 555-555-5555

Email Address

UnhappyFranchisee[at]gmail.com

Case Number

7347499

Home Address

123 Unhappy Drive

Unhappy, GA 30518

United States

Reason For Contacting Us?

Press Inquiry: Legacy Academy on UnhappyFranchisee.Com, response requested

Reason Description

Please forward to the principals of Legacy Academy.

UnhappyFranchisee.Com is a franchise issues discussion site that invites commentary on franchisor/franchisee disputes. Our goal is to give both sides of a dispute the opportunity to present their views, and let our readers decide for themselves. Legacy Academy has been mentioned in two recent posts:

LEGACY ACADEMY Franchise Complaints http://www.unhappyfranchisee.com/legacy-academy-franchise-complaints/

LEGACY ACADEMY Ichter Thomas Wins Suit for Legacy Academy Franchise Owners http://www.unhappyfranchisee.com/legacy-academy-ichter-thomas-wins-lawsuit/

We invite Legacy Academy to provide us with a rebuttal, explanation, clarification or other statement regarding these franchisee complaints that we will publish with the same prominence as the original posts. We have also be interested in knowing what changes you have made in your franchise sales process and franchisee relations efforts as a result of these lawsuits.

Feel free to also encourage your franchisees, customers, employees or associates to post positive comments of support in the comment sections that follow each post.

Thank you,

ADMIN

UnhappyFranchisee.Com

Legacy Academy: 5 Months of Silence, Then a Legal Threat

After inviting Legacy Academy to address the unflattering press on UnhappyFranchisee.Com, and inviting them to publicize positive steps they have taken to avoid future litigation, we did not hear a peep from them for over 5 months.

Then, on January 24, 2014, we received a letter from Legacy Academy’s attorney, M. Kathleen Hart of Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C.

We will post Ms. Hart’s letter, as well as our response(s) shortly, so check back soon.

Read more about the Legacy Academy franchise:

LEGACY ACADEMY Franchise Complaints

LEGACY ACADEMY Ichter Thomas Wins Suit for Legacy Academy Franchise Owners

ICHTER THOMAS Another Win Against Legacy Academy Franchise

Disclosure: The Ichter Thomas law firm are featured in the UnhappyFranchisee.Com Franchisee Attorney Directory.

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LEGACY ACADEMY Franchise Complaints

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By Unhappy Franchisee on August 9, 2013

Legacy Academy franchise complaints include deceptive and illegal earnings claims, and exaggerated potential profits, furnished to prospective franchisees.

Are you familiar with the Legacy Academy franchise? Please share your opinion or insight – positive or negative – as a comment below.

(UnhappyFranchisee.Com) According to the Legacy Academy child care franchise website, “Legacy Academy offers investors an exciting opportunity to earn a profitable return, while helping families and children with our very successful Daycare Franchises.

“Legacy Academy’s, success is tied to the success of each new childcare franchisee, so it is our goal for each franchisee to build and manage a well-run and profitable center. Franchise operation is not for everyone but it is one of the most secure forms of business operation available for those with good business skills and a desire to be successful by following a proven system.

“Ours is a massive open market with tremendous potential.

“The minimum investment to begin operating a Legacy Daycare Franchise is approximately $405,000 + Operating Capital. Legacy will work to help you obtain the necessary financing, choose the best site, build and begin operating your new center.”

Legacy Academy: Franchisee Litigation & Controversy

Legacy Academy is a small chain with a (relatively) massive number of franchisee lawsuits and complaints.

As we reported in the post LEGACY ACADEMY Ichter Thomas Wins Suit for Legacy Academy Franchise Owners, a jury awarded former Legacy Academy franchise owners Michele and Lorraine Reymond $1,155,000 after concluding Legacy made misleading and deceptive earnings claims to the Reymonds as an inducement to enter into a franchise agreement.

After hearing a case presented by attorney Cary Ichter, the jury concluded that Legacy and its owners and officers—Frank and Melissa Turner—had engaged in at least two acts of theft by deception, which is a criminal offense.

As of April, 2013, Legacy was involved in five (5) other lawsuits with former Legacy franchisees, all of whom are represented by Ichter Thomas, LLC, and all of who have similar claims alleging fraud and/or a pattern of racketeering activity.

In 2010, the Superior Court of Gwinnett County confirmed an arbitration award finding Legacy had given “misleading financial information” to prospective franchisees, awarding five (5) former franchisees more than $1 million in damages and rescinding both $1 million in promissory notes and their franchise agreements.

That’s a total of eleven (11) lawsuits, which just happens to be the same as the number of Legacy Academy daycare centers listed on the company website.

Has Legacy Academy Ceased Its Deceptive Franchise Practices?

The Legacy Academy website lists 11 child care locations in Florida (Lake Mary), Georgia (Berkeley Lake, Flynn Crossing, Satellite, Snellville, Suwanee, Suwanee Dam), North Carolina (Morrisville, Chapel Hill), & South Carolina (Greenville, Woodruff Rd.).

One would think that perhaps after 11 legal disputes involving deceptive sales practices, Legacy Academy and it owners Frank and Melissa Turner may have learned their lessons, cleaned up their acts, seen the light, and raised themselves up onto the righteous path of franchise sales compliance, stellar franchisee support, and positive franchisee-franchisor relations.

In addition to inviting franchisee complaints, UnhappyFranchisee.Com has also invited Legacy Academy to provide us with a rebuttal, explanation, clarification or other statement regarding these franchisee complaints. We have also asked them to tell us what changes they have made in their franchise sales process and their franchisee relations efforts as a result of these lawsuits.

Disclosure: Cary Ichter and Ichter Thomas law firm are featured in the UnhappyFranchisee.Com Franchise Attorney Directory.

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Legacy Academy Franchisor Loses Again

The controversial franchisor has found federal court no more hospitable than state court or the AAA.

In July 2010, an American Arbitration Association panel awarded 5 franchisees a total of $1,036,347 in damages and attorney fees, plus an additional $84,745 in costs. The 3 member panel said:

The Panel finds that the franchisor, Legacy Academy Inc, gave misleading financial information in the UFOC and outside the UFOC to each of the Franchisee Respondents and violated the disclosure requirements of the Federal Franchise Laws and Regulations as to each Franchisee Respondent.

The award was subsequently confirmed in court.

On November 22, 2010 some other franchisees (Michele Reymond & Lorraine Reymond, and their entity Mamilove LLC) http://www.bluemaumau.org/files/Mamilove v. Legacy TRO MOTION 23 Dec 2010.pdf” target=”_blank”>sued in Georgia state court. Among the claims was that Georgia law states:

When the law requires a person to perform an act for the benefit of another or to refrain from doing an act which may injure another… the injured party may recover foer the breach of such legal duty if he suffers damage thereby.

Since the franchisees were claiming that Legacy Academy had violated the Franchise Rule, this would then give them a cause of action under the Georgia statute. The franchisees were not claiming a private right of action under the Franchise Rule.

Nevertheless, the franchisor argued that the case raised a federal question since “an essential element” of the franchisees case was the Franchise Rule.

The federal court disagreed. It held that the case did not involve “a substantial federal issue” and the case is now remanded to the Gwinnett County Court for further proceedings.

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http://www.bluemaumau.org/files/Mamilove v. Legacy Academy OPN 20 Jan 2011.pdf” target=”_blank”>Mamilove LLC et al v. Legacy Academy Inc et al, ND Georgia, January 20,2011

For franchisees: Ichter Thomas LLC (Atlanta)

For franchisor: The Foree Law Firm (Marietta GA)

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Misrepresentation Claims in Business Franchising – Legacy Academy, Inc. v. Mamilove

All franchise companies have a kind of “sales pitch” they offer when promoting the company to potential franchisees. But it can be a fine line between when that sales pitch crosses the line into being a misrepresentation that could be worthy of legal action down the road.

Generally speaking, franchisors must be very careful about statements of fact offered at pre-sale discussions. The reason is that if any untrue statement is made by a franchisor to a franchisee that in turn induces the franchisee to enter into a business agreement, and there is a loss suffered by the franchisee as a result, the franchisee may have a valid claim for misrepresentation against the franchisor.

Misrepresentations will usually fall into one of three categories: fraudulent, negligent, or innocent. A fraudulent representation is one that is knowingly made falsely or with reckless disregard for the truth. Negligent misrepresentations are those made without reasonable grounds to believe they are true. Innocent misrepresentations are those wherein the franchisor had reasonable grounds to believe the statements true.

If a court finds a misrepresentation to be negligent or fraudulent, it can choose to have the agreement rescinded, have the parties placed back in the position they were prior to the agreement, or award damages to the franchisee. Even in cases of innocent misrepresentation, there could be remedies, but it likely won’t include both damages and rescission.

The issue of misrepresentation was one of several asserted by the plaintiffs in Legacy Academy, Inc. v. Mamilove, LLC, a business lawsuit recently before the Georgia Supreme Court.

According to court records, two sisters, in business together, approached the franchisor with an interest in buying a daycare franchise from the defendant. This was in 2001. During these pre-sales meetings, the defendant provided the sisters with an earnings claim that reportedly showed the historical earnings of existing franchisees.

Per those statements, within two years of purchasing a franchise, buyers could expect a net income of between $260,000 and $440,000.

Also at that meeting, the defendants discussed available property with the sisters and suggested a specific location that might be prime for the new franchise.

The sisters founded an LLC for the purpose of holding title to that property and personal property associated with the franchise. Both sisters then signed the agreement and purchased the franchise. They agreed they did so without reading the agreement.

In the first year, they lost $212,000. They had a net earnings of $104,000 by 2004, but within five years, their net earnings fell to just $29,000.

Ten years later, they filed a lawsuit. In that filing, they asserted the company fraudulently induced them to sign the agreement by providing false information about earnings of other franchisees.

The trial court denied the franchisor’s motion for a directed verdict as to all of the claims, including fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and violations of the state RICO act. Jurors then decided in favor of the plaintiffs, awarding $750,000 in compensatory damages, $375,000 in RICO damages, and $30,000 in litigation costs.

The franchisor appealed, specifically challenging the trial court’s denial of the motion for directed verdict. The defense argued the claims were precluded by the fact that the plaintiffs never read the agreement.

The Georgia Supreme Court agreed with the defendant. Under state law, in order to prove misrepresentation, the plaintiffs had to show they reasonably relied on the misrepresentation and were also reasonably diligent in the use of facilities at their command. The fact that they didn’t read the contract meant they failed to prove this part of the misrepresentation claim.

The court reversed and remanded on the misrepresentation claim.

Whether you are a franchisor or a franchisee in this situation, you will need guidance from an experienced legal team before deciding how best to move forward.

The Ferraro Law Firm provides comprehensive legal services, including business litigation on a contingency-fee basis in Miami and Washington D.C. Call 1-800-275-3332.

Additional Resources:
Legacy Academy, Inc. v. Mamilove, LLC, April 20, 2015, Georgia Supreme Court

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LEGACY ACADEMY Franchise Complaints

Legacy Academy franchise complaints include deceptive and illegal earnings claims, and exaggerated potential profits, furnished to prospective franchisees.
Are you familiar with the Legacy Academy franchise? Please share your opinion or insight – positive or negative – as a comment below.

(UnhappyFranchisee.Com) According to the Legacy Academy child care franchise website, “Legacy Academy offers investors an exciting opportunity to earn a profitable return, while helping families and children with our very successful Daycare Franchises.
“Legacy Academy’s, success is tied to the success of each new childcare franchisee, so it is our goal for each franchisee to build and manage a well-run and profitable center. Franchise operation is not for everyone but it is one of the most secure forms of business operation available for those with good business skills and a desire to be successful by following a proven system.
“Ours is a massive open market with tremendous potential.
“The minimum investment to begin operating a Legacy Daycare Franchise is approximately $405,000 + Operating Capital. Legacy will work to help you obtain the necessary financing, choose the best site, build and begin operating your new center.”
Legacy Academy: Franchisee Litigation & Controversy

Legacy Academy is a small chain with a (relatively) massive number of franchisee lawsuits and complaints.
As we reported in the post LEGACY ACADEMY Ichter Thomas Wins Suit for Legacy Academy Franchise Owners, a jury awarded former Legacy Academy franchise owners Michele and Lorraine Reymond $1,155,000 after concluding Legacy made misleading and deceptive earnings claims to the Reymonds as an inducement to enter into a franchise agreement.
After hearing a case presented by attorney Cary Ichter, the jury concluded that Legacy and its owners and officers—Frank and Melissa Turner—had engaged in at least two acts of theft by deception, which is a criminal offense.
As of April, 2013, Legacy was involved in five (5) other lawsuits with former Legacy franchisees, all of whom are represented by Ichter Thomas, LLC, and all of who have similar claims alleging fraud and/or a pattern of racketeering activity.
In 2010, the Superior Court of Gwinnett County confirmed an arbitration award finding Legacy had given “misleading financial information” to prospective franchisees, awarding five (5) former franchisees more than $1 million in damages and rescinding both $1 million in promissory notes and their franchise agreements.
That’s a total of eleven (11) lawsuits, which just happens to be the same as the number of Legacy Academy daycare centers listed on the company website.
UPDATE!!! The Georgia Supreme Court reversed the decision in Michelle & Lorrane Reymond’s (Mamilove, Inc.) lawsuit and ruled in Legacy Academy’s favor. That nullified the damages award. Read the Judge’s decision and what the franchisee’s did wrong here: LEGACY ACADEMY, INC. v. Mamilove LLC Franchisee Award Reversed (Court Ruling)
Has Legacy Academy Ceased Its Deceptive Franchise Practices?

The Legacy Academy website lists 11 child care locations in Florida (Lake Mary), Georgia (Berkeley Lake, Flynn Crossing, Satellite, Snellville, Suwanee, Suwanee Dam), North Carolina (Morrisville, Chapel Hill), & South Carolina (Greenville, Woodruff Rd.).
One would think that perhaps after 11 legal disputes involving deceptive sales practices, Legacy Academy and it owners Frank and Melissa Turner may have learned their lessons, cleaned up their acts, seen the light, and raised themselves up onto the righteous path of franchise sales compliance, stellar franchisee support, and positive franchisee-franchisor relations.
In addition to inviting franchisee complaints, UnhappyFranchisee.Com has also invited Legacy Academy to provide us with a rebuttal, explanation, clarification or other statement regarding these franchisee complaints. We have also asked them to tell us what changes they have made in their franchise sales process and their franchisee relations efforts as a result of these lawsuits.
Disclosure: Cary Ichter and Ichter Thomas law firm are featured in the UnhappyFranchisee.Com Franchise Attorney Directory.
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5 Responses to “LEGACY ACADEMY Franchise Complaints”
discoverypointAvoid says:
May 13, 2014 at 9:51 am
The admin of this website has forgotten to add a link to submit comments for Discovery Point. Please add one. Currently no comments can be added for Discovery Point, which seems to be a corrupt organization and currently buying franchisees to rob SBA.
Discovery Point and Legacy Academy are based on the same location, Atlanta, GA, and based on the same franchisee mauling principles.
This is how we are looking for adding comments: Open Discovery Point from the drop down list of franchises. There is no link to add comments!! Please add a link.
According to Discovery Point, “A Wake Forest couple is trading their international careers for local connections: Jan and Hong Chen aim to meet the Triangle’s burgeoning demand for quality child child care by opening North Carolina’s first Discovery Point Child Development Center.
Ground was broken in March at 1212 Heritage Links Drive for what will be Discovery Point’s biggest child care center: 13,200 square feet capable of handling between 230 and 240 children ranging in age from newborns to grade school. The center will serve the Wake Forest, Raleigh and Rolesville areas starting in the Fall of 2014.”
This so called “trading international careers” couple are actually job less (doing odd jobs now) and Discovery Point is buying them Green Card to operate this center. SBA will be looted again. Note that this center is even bigger- earlier smaller centers went bankrupt because they could not be filled. This franchise knows the magic to sell to SBA- now changed bank because earlier banks refuse to finance this franchise. The total package will be made such a way that the loan amount will be much higher than the construction price, so that Discovery point can make money on pseudo-names. Discovery Point will pretend to make contribution to the project from the profit made – if this is not fishy, what is? SBA wake up- it has happened on many loans made to this franchise and loans were not marked as franchise loans. Please stop wasting tax payers’ money!!
ADMIN says:
May 13, 2014 at 10:53 am
discoverypointAvoid:
Here is the complaint page for Dscovery Point:

DISCOVERY POINT Franchise Complaints


If you have any problems posting comments to it, please email me at unhappyfranchisee[at]gmail.com
discoverypointAvoid says:
May 13, 2014 at 11:08 am
Admin,
Thanks. But how does a viewer get there? There is no way of knowing that page exists. The website from the drop down list for Discovery Point is:
http://www.unhappyfranchisee.com/category/franchisor/discovery-point-franchise/
and that does not link to what you suggested. So, essentially, your referenced page is not searchable or available. Please add a link to that page in the main Discovery point page: http://www.unhappyfranchisee.com/category/franchisor/discovery-point-franchise/
ADMIN says:
May 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm
discoverypointAvoid:
It would be helpful if you email me at UnhappyFranchisee[at]gmail.Com and if you comment with your real email address. I almost emailed Cliff which would not have been good. Emails won’t show publicly and privacy is assured so please use your real one.
If you use the pull-down menu for Discovery Point, it will bring you to the category listing here:
http://www.unhappyfranchisee.com/category/franchisor/discovery-point-franchise/
Click on the headline and it should display the full post, with the comment box at the bottom.
I’m not sure what you mean by “It’s not searchable” You can type in “Discovery Point” in the search box at the top of the header and it should indicate that same page. If you Google “Discovery point franchise complaints” it shows up third.
Feel free to email me about this and Discovery Point.
http://www.unhappyfranchisee.com/category/franchisor/discovery-point-franchise/
ADMIN says:
May 13, 2014 at 1:19 pm
PS I copied your comment there

LEGACY ACADEMY Franchise Marketing Representations

Legacy Academy has had a number of former franchisees accuse (and successfully sue) the company for allegedly making misleading, deceptive and/or unlawful financial representations during the franchise sales process.
UnhappyFranchisee.Com has volunteered to share concerns about certain representations being made on the Legacy Academy franchise sales webpage.
We offer our concerns in the hope that future Legacy Academy franchisees cannot claim that they were enticed by promises of success and abundant student enrollment from the start.
Here’s our letter to Legacy Academy franchisors Melissa & Frank Turner, sent to them via their attorney Kathleen Hart:
Frank & Melissa Turner
Legacy Academy, Inc.
4536A Nelson Brogdon Blvd.
Sugar Hill, GA 30518
January 27, 2014
Dear Frank & Melissa:
I am the person who contacted you last August asking for comment, clarification, rebuttal, etc. etc. regarding the news (posted on UnhappyFranchisee.Com) that Legacy Academy has now lost a bunch of lawsuits and over $1M in judgements to unhappy franchisees. The most serious allegations, I believe, involved you making prohibited earnings claims and/or promises of performance to prospective franchisees.
I didn’t get a response for 5 months, then received your attorney Kathleen Hart’s letter on January 24th, 2014 objecting to our use of your logo in proximity to our URL, and warning use not to make libelous comments. I think we’ve complied with her requests and put that behind us. No hard feelings on our end. She seems very nice. In the future, feel free to just shoot us an email with any requests – I imagine threatening letters from attorneys of Ms. Hart’s caliber get expensive!
I know that no one truly wins these franchise lawsuits. Even though your franchisees appear to have “won,” I’m sure they would rather not have gone through the ordeal in the first place. And from your standpoint, you not only have to pay (I imagine) significant attorney fees, judgements, and other legal bills, you have to try to sell franchises with a bunch of litigation disclosed in your FDD and negative stories about you on the Internet.
I’m sure you’d rather avoid going through that aggravation ever again! From our standpoint, we’d rather move on to other topics and never write about Legacy Academy franchise lawsuits in the future.
In the spirit of helping you reduce the likelihood of Legacy Academy getting sued (and losing) future lawsuits based on the marketing representations posted on your website, please accept the suggestions below in the constructive spirit in which they’re intended.
The Legacy Academy website states: “Legacy Academy offers investors an exciting opportunity to earn a profitable return, while helping families and children with our very successful Daycare Franchises.”
With all due respect, do you really think it wise to promise a “profitable return” to investors? I was taught it was always bad for franchisors to even mention the word “profit” because they have no control over franchisee profitability, what expenses they run through the business, etc. Also, do you think it’s prudent to refer to your franchises as “very successful””? I don’t know what your failure rate is, exactly, but this seems like a representation that could come back to bite you. At least several, it seems, have not been successful.
The Legacy Academy website states: “Legacy Academy’s, success is tied to the success of each new childcare franchisee…”
The old saw that franchisors only make money when their franchisees make money is clearly in dispute. I think I recall allegations of making money on real estate sold to Legacy Academy franchisees, construction, etc. (I could be wrong). Plus royalties are collected on gross sales, not profits, right? So it’s conceivable you could make money even if a franchisee is unsuccessful, correct? Someone could make the claim that this was an inaccurate and misleading statement.
The Legacy Academy website states: “Franchise operation is not for everyone but it is one of the most secure forms of business operation available…”
Do you have a source that validates your claim that franchises are one of the most secure forms of business operation? Several studies and a report by the SBA suggest that franchises are, in fact, riskier than independent business startups. Again, how many Legacy Academy schools have opened and closed? Someone could challenge your assertion that the Legacy franchise is one of the most secure forms of business, could they not?

The Legacy Academy franchisee video may violate Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations
Now I’m not an attorney and I’m not saying you are violating FTC regulations, but if I were you I’d have your attorneys take a good hard look at the content of the Cindy Agnew franchisee testimonial that you’ve put on YouTube and your website.
It’s my understanding that franchisees are free to share their enrollment or sales numbers with prospective franchisees directly, but testimonials posted in franchise marketing materials or on the franchisors website are just the same as if the franchisor stated them directly.
It’s also my understanding that franchisors are prohibited from providing sales or performance representations unless they disclosing them in Item 19 of the FDD, unless they provide the factual basis for the representations, and unless they include disclaimers such as the fact that prospective franchisees might not achieve the same results.
In the video, the Greenville, SC franchisee state that, despite being in a recession, “Our first summer we had 22 kids… we filled up to just over 180 children… We started with just 22 kids and we’d eventually have a waiting list that is about 40 deep…”
Cindy Agnew states that 250 people attended her center’s graduation ceremony, and that she already has 9 kids signed up for her second facility months ahead of opening. Prospective franchisees may feel that Cindy’s is the typical result that they can expect.
As I haven’t reviewed your Franchise Disclosure Document (I would be glad to if you want to share it with me), but I am guessing that Ms. Agnew’s sales representations are NOT included in Item 19 Financial Performance Representations section of the FDD. Maybe they don’t have to be, maybe “enrollment numbers” don’t count as “sales,” but I would think you are in ultra-cautious mode at this point, and would not want to be accused of providing Financial Performance Representations without proper disclosure.
Let me know what you think of these suggestions, and also anything you would like the world to know about your philosophy, practices, and and expansion plans for the Legacy Academy franchise!
All the best,

ADMIN
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LEGACY ACADEMY Ichter Thomas Wins Suit for Legacy Academy Franchise Owners
ICHTER THOMAS Another Win Against Legacy Academy Franchise
LEGACY ACADEMY Are Frank & Melissa Turner “Disreputable”?
LEGACY ACADEMY UnhappyFranchisee.Com Complies With Legal Request/Threat
LEGACY ACADEMY Issues Cease & Desist Letter to UnhappyFranchisee.Com
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ICHTER THOMAS: Franchisees Can Now Use FTC Franchise Rule to Sue in Georgia

A Georgia court has ruled that franchisees can sue franchisors who breached the disclosure obligations required of them by the FTC’s Franchise Rule.
(UnhappyFranchisee.Com) The precedent-setting ruling by the Georgia Court of Appeals came down July 16, 2014, in Legacy Academy, Inc., et al., v. Mamilove, LLC, et al. The Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the Superior Court of Gwinnett County finding Legacy Academy, Inc. (“Legacy”) and its owners, Franklin Lee Turner and Melissa Veal Turner (the “Turners”), committed fraud and criminal theft by deception with respect to a former Legacy franchisee.
Attorney Cary IchterWhy is this a big deal? According to Ichter Thomas principal Cary Ichter, franchisees cannot sue to enforce the FTC Franchise Rule. Several courts have concluded that, even if a franchisor violated the Franchise Rule, the franchisee is still stuck with the franchise agreement. However, the ruling means that in Georgia courts, breaches of the FTC Franchise Rule are actionable under the Georgia Civil Code O.C.G.A. § 51-1-6 which addresses “Recovery of damages upon breach of legal duty.”
[Pictured, left, Attorney Cary Ichter]
So, while franchisees cannot sue directly for breaches of the FTC Franchise Rule per se, in Georgia they can sue because violation of the Franchise Rule contitutes a breach of legal duty.
It’s also a big deal because the appeal ruling was decided by a seven-judge Court, with a four-judge majority concurring in the judgment. As a result, the Court’s decision is binding precedent.
It’s an especially significant victory for Ichter Thomas on behalf of wronged franchise owners.
And it must be a sweet personal victory for attorney Cary Ichter, who has outspokenly asserted that franchisees should be able to sue for violations of the FTC Franchise Rule
(See Ichter’s article: Attorney Cary Ichter: There is No Federal Franchise Regulation)
Congratulations Mamilove, LLC, et al., Cary Ichter and the team at Ichter Thomas, LLC.
Keep up the good work on behalf of unhappy franchisees and fraud victims!
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LEGACY ACADEMY Committed Franchise Fraud, Court Rules

Legacy Academy and franchisors Frank Turner and Melissa Turner committed fraud and criminal theft by deception against its franchisee, according to Superior Court of Gwinnett County. The Georgia Court of Appeals has affirmed the precedent-setting decision. Orininlly published August 19, 2014, updated 10/1/15. See link to important update below.
(UnhappyFranchisee.Com) Legacy Academy franchisee Mamilove, LLC, et al. and law firm Ichter Thomas have scored a big victory, scoring both a significant financial award and setting new Georgia case law in the process.
The Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the Superior Court of Gwinnett County finding Legacy Academy, Inc. (“Legacy”) and its owners, Franklin Lee Turner and Melissa Veal Turner (the “Turners”), committed fraud and criminal theft by deception with respect to a former Legacy franchisee.
On July 16, 2014, in Legacy Academy, Inc., et al., v. Mamilove, LLC, et al. (Case No. A14A0718), the Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the Superior Court of Gwinnett County finding Legacy Academy, Inc. (“Legacy”) and its owners, Franklin Lee Turner and Melissa Veal Turner (the “Turners”), committed fraud and criminal theft by deception with respect to a former Legacy franchisee.
Jury Finds Legacy Academy Guilty of Fraud; Franchisees Awarded $1.1M

Legacy Academy LogoFollowing a week-long trial last April, a jury concluded Legacy and the Turners fraudulently induced Michele and Lorraine Reymond (the “Reymonds”) to enter into a franchise relationship with Legacy by falsely representing a pro forma financial statement was based on the historic performance of then-existing franchisees.
Legacy and the Turners appealed the trial court’s judgment on the jury’s verdict for a host of reasons, including purported errors when the trial court denied Legacy and Turners’ motions for summary judgment, directed verdict and a new trial.
In a full-Court decision, however, the Court of Appeals rejected all these arguments.
As a result, the Reymonds’ franchise agreement with Legacy has been rescinded and the Legacy and the Turners are jointly and severally obligated to pay the Reymonds monetary damages in the principal amount of $1,155,000.
UPDATE!!! The Georgia Supreme Court reversed the decision in Michelle & Lorrane Reymond’s (Mamilove, Inc.) lawsuit and ruled in Legacy Academy’s favor. That nullified the damages award. Read the Judge’s decision and what the franchisee’s did wrong here: LEGACY ACADEMY, INC. v. Mamilove LLC Franchisee Award Reversed (Court Ruling)
Legacy Academy has had contentious and turbulent relationships with its franchisees, some of which have been documented on UnhappyFranchisee.Com:
LEGACY ACADEMY Franchise Complaints
LEGACY ACADEMY Ichter Thomas Wins Suit for Legacy Academy Franchise Owners
ICHTER THOMAS Another Win Against Legacy Academy Franchise
LEGACY ACADEMY Franchise Marketing Representations
We have also had our own issues with Legacy Academy and its attorneys:
LEGACY ACADEMY Issues Cease & Desist Letter to UnhappyFranchisee.Com
LEGACY ACADEMY Are Frank & Melissa Turner “Disreputable”?
LEGACY ACADEMY UnhappyFranchisee.Com Complies With Legal Request/Threat
LEGACY ACADEMY Invited to Respond to Franchise Complaints
Ichter Thomas Makes Franchise Law in Georgia

Now, for the first time, the Georgia Court of Appeals has held that franchisees can state a claim against franchisors that breach their disclosure obligations under the Franchise Rule pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 51-1-6. Furthermore, the appeal was decided by a seven-judge Court, with a four-judge majority concurring in the judgment. As a result, the Court’s decision is binding precedent. See Ga. Ct. App. R. 33(a).
Read more at ICHTER THOMAS: Franchisees Can Now Use FTC Franchise Rule to Sue in Georgia.
According to a release by Ichter Thomas:
Of particular note, however, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled, for the first time, that franchisees can assert claims for relief under O.C.G.A. § 51-1-6 for violations of duties arising under the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) franchise rule, 16 C.F.R. Parts 436 and 437 (the “Franchise Rule”). The FTC promulgated the Franchise Rule pursuant to its authority under the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 41-58, for the stated purpose of “prevent[ing] deceptive and unfair practices in the sale of franchises and business opportunities….” FTC, Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising and Business Opportunities, 72 Fed. Reg. 15,445 (Mar. 30, 2007). As a result, the Franchise Rule imposes substantial, pre-sale disclosure requirements on franchisors concerning a variety of issues, including their business experience; litigation history; fees; supply chain restrictions; assistance and support to franchisees; renewal, termination, transfer and dispute resolution procedures; and financial performance representations.
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Attorney Cary Ichter[Left, attorney Cary Ichter of Ichter Thomas]
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Franchisees, however, cannot sue to enforce the Franchise Rule. See Holloway v. Bristol-Myers Corp., 485 F.2d 986, 987 (D.C. Cir. 1973) (“[P]rivate actions to vindicate rights asserted under the Federal Trade Commission Act may not be maintained”). In addition, several courts have concluded that, even if a franchisor violated the Franchise Rule, the franchisee is still stuck with the franchise agreement. See, e.g., Vino 100, LLC v. Smoke on the Water, LLC, 864 F. Supp. 2d 269, 281 (E.D. Pa. 2012) (“[A] franchisee may not use a franchisor’s alleged noncompliance with Rule 436 to invalidate a franchise contract”); Holiday Hospitality Franchising v. 174 W. Street Corp., 2006 WL 2466819, at *6 (N.D. Ga. Aug. 22, 2006) (“[T]he Defendants have not cited—and the Court cannot find—any case in which a court has voided an otherwise valid and enforceable franchise agreement because of regulatory violations”).
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Furthermore, while the FTC can enforce violations of the Franchise Rule, it often does not. See GAO-01-776, FTC’s Enforcement of the Franchise Rule 3 (July 2001) (“FTC staff told us that limited resources and other law enforcement priorities prevent[] FTC from pursuing every meritorious complaint and investigation involving franchises and business opportunities”). All of this is a particular problem for franchisees in states that, like Georgia, do not have any statutes, i.e., disclosure, registration or relationship laws, of general application. Cf. Georgia Motor Vehicle Franchise Practices Act, O.C.G.A. § 10-1-620 et seq.
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O.C.G.A. § 51-1-6, however, provides that “[w]hen the law requires a person to perform an act for the benefit of another or to refrain from doing an act which may injure another, although no cause of action is given in express terms, the injured party may recover for the breach of such legal duty if he suffers damage thereby.” Courts applying Georgia law have previously held this statute allows private litigants to sue for a breach of legal duties arising under federal statutes (and the regulations promulgated pursuant thereto) that themselves do not confer the right to sue. See, e.g., Pulte Home Corp. v. Simerly, 322 Ga. App. 699, 746 S.E.2d 173, 179-80 (2013) (Clean Water Act); Cardin v. Telfair Acres of Lowndes County, 195 Ga. App. 449, 450, 393 S.E.2d 731 (1990) (OSHA).
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Now, for the first time, the Georgia Court of Appeals has held that franchisees can state a claim against franchisors that breach their disclosure obligations under the Franchise Rule pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 51-1-6. Furthermore, the appeal was decided by a seven-judge Court, with a four-judge majority concurring in the judgment. As a result, the Court’s decision is binding precedent. See Ga. Ct. App. R. 33(a).
For more information on Georgia-based Ichter Thomas, see the profiles for attorneys Cary Ichter and Dan Davis in our Franchise Attorneys Directory.
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4 Responses to “LEGACY ACADEMY Committed Franchise Fraud, Court Rules”
Reasoned Source says:
August 19, 2014 at 4:21 pm
@Viewers, I wonder if Pete Frese and Dennis Jarrett are worried…Maybe even Afshin Cangarlu and Foad Rekebi have some items of concern as well.
Similar Issues between Stratus Franchising, LLC. and Legacy Academy:
a) Fraudulent Inducement
b) False Pro-Forma
c) False Validators
d) FDD issues
In fact, are we sure Pete Frese and Dennis Jarrett don’t own Legacy Academy?
DiscoveryPointIsFraudToo says:
September 8, 2014 at 8:47 am
Reasoned source- they learn from each other, there is a franchiser association. With your logic, these guys perhaps own Discovery Point franchising too.
Are all these Legacy Academy buildings sold without SBA guarantees? It is suspicious that all franchise information was hidden from SBA. Loan Census and other SBA franchise listings do not show Legacy Academy as SBA guaranteed franchise or any loans issued ever. Perhaps they used a different pseudo name. Any idea what is going on? There may be more fraud with this franchise. Moreover, discovery point bought the equipment package after the appraisal was done on the equipment. Perhaps the same happened here too as they were friends and have the same business model. Cary Ichter, please note this. One can back-out the manufacturing dates from the serial numbers of computers, appliances and you will be perhaps surprised to find that those were manufactured after the appraisal was done.
DiscoveryPointIsFraudToo says:
September 23, 2014 at 8:03 am
Are these Legacy center’s SBA guaranteed? Like Discovery Point, Legacy did not mark them as franchised loans so that SBA cannot trace these failures back to the franchise. They both played tricks with the system with the help from banks and should be brought to justice. Millions of tax payers Dollars have been used on their lavish life styles. They are so selfish that they do not hesitate to harm families with young children again and again.
DiscoveryPointFraudToo says:
August 26, 2015 at 10:34 am
Did the supreme court reversed the RICO claims? These childcare franchises are rogue and have money to pay lawyers to get them out of everything. Avoid these franchises, they will destroy you financially and your children will blame you for knowingly dragging them in these.

LEGACY ACADEMY Invited to Respond to Franchise Complaints

The Legacy Academy daycare franchise and its founders, Melissa and Frank Turner, have garnered some pretty unflattering press on UnhappyFranchisee.Com.
We reported that it appeared that the Legacy Academy franchise company has had as many franchisee lawsuits as it has open centers (11).
We reported that “In 2010, the Superior Court of Gwinnett County confirmed an arbitration award finding Legacy had given ‘misleading financial information’ to prospective franchisees, awarding five (5) former franchisees more than $1 million in damages and rescinding both $1 million in promissory notes and their franchise agreements.”
We reported that “After hearing a case presented by attorney Cary Ichter, the jury concluded that Legacy and its owners and officers—Frank and Melissa Turner—had engaged in at least two acts of theft by deception, which is a criminal offense.
“As of April, 2013, Legacy was involved in five (5) other lawsuits with former Legacy franchisees, all of whom are represented by Ichter Thomas, LLC, and all of who have similar claims alleging fraud and/or a pattern of racketeering activity.”
We also voiced our concern as to whether Legacy Academy and Melissa & Frank Turner have altered their franchise marketing and sales approach in light of these lawsuits.
Despite multiple franchisee failures and lawsuits, the Legacy Academy website uses terms like “very profitable return,” “our very successful Daycare Franchises,” and states that franchising “is one of the most secure forms of business operation available…”
Legacy AcademyA testimonial video currently posted on the franchise page provides student enrollment representations that could potentially be construed as an earnings claim in violation of the FTC Franchise Rule.
We were (and are) interested in what the company thinks of our observation that Legacy Academy doesn’t seem to have reverted to the highly conservative franchise marketing messages one would expect after being litigated for misleading and deceptive claims.
[Photo, left, Legacy Academy sign, Snellville, GA. Photo credit: John Robert Conley. License: Creative Commons]
Legacy Academy Asked for Their Side of the Story
Every company and every individual discussed on UnhappyFranchisee.com has the right to address allegations, opinions or other statements made about them, and provide corrections, clarifications or rebuttals.
That’s our policy.
We are all about hosting a dialogue, and letting readers decide for themselves.
When the news is as unflattering as Legacy Academy’s, we often make a special effort to give the company a chance to respond.
In the case of Legacy Academy and Melissa & Frank Turner, we not only included the invitation in our post, we submitted it to them August 9, 2013 via the web form on their website.
We received this confirmation by email:
Thank You For Contacting Legacy Academy – Corporate

Legacy Academy [email protected] via worldsecuresystems.com

8/9/13

Dear Unhappy Franchisee,
Thank you for contacting us at Legacy Academy – Corporate. One of our Legacy team members will contact you shortly. Below is the details of your form submission!
Summary of web form submission:
Your Name
Unhappy Franchisee 555-555-5555
Email Address
UnhappyFranchisee[at]gmail.com
Case Number
7347499
Home Address
123 Unhappy Drive
Unhappy, GA 30518
United States
Reason For Contacting Us?
Press Inquiry: Legacy Academy on UnhappyFranchisee.Com, response requested
Reason Description
Please forward to the principals of Legacy Academy.
UnhappyFranchisee.Com is a franchise issues discussion site that invites commentary on franchisor/franchisee disputes. Our goal is to give both sides of a dispute the opportunity to present their views, and let our readers decide for themselves. Legacy Academy has been mentioned in two recent posts:
LEGACY ACADEMY Franchise Complaints http://www.unhappyfranchisee.com/legacy-academy-franchise-complaints/
LEGACY ACADEMY Ichter Thomas Wins Suit for Legacy Academy Franchise Owners http://www.unhappyfranchisee.com/legacy-academy-ichter-thomas-wins-lawsuit/
We invite Legacy Academy to provide us with a rebuttal, explanation, clarification or other statement regarding these franchisee complaints that we will publish with the same prominence as the original posts. We have also be interested in knowing what changes you have made in your franchise sales process and franchisee relations efforts as a result of these lawsuits.
Feel free to also encourage your franchisees, customers, employees or associates to post positive comments of support in the comment sections that follow each post.
Thank you,
ADMIN
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Legacy Academy: 5 Months of Silence, Then a Legal Threat
After inviting Legacy Academy to address the unflattering press on UnhappyFranchisee.Com, and inviting them to publicize positive steps they have taken to avoid future litigation, we did not hear a peep from them for over 5 months.
Then, on January 24, 2014, we received a letter from Legacy Academy’s attorney, M. Kathleen Hart of Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C.
We will post Ms. Hart’s letter, as well as our response(s) shortly, so check back soon.
Read more about the Legacy Academy franchise:
LEGACY ACADEMY Franchise Complaints
LEGACY ACADEMY Ichter Thomas Wins Suit for Legacy Academy Franchise Owners
ICHTER THOMAS Another Win Against Legacy Academy Franchise
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