Quiznos had sought to strip eight franchisees of their franchises after a franchisee gripe site posted the suicide note of a Quiznos franchisee on its website. The note blamed the Quiznos Corporation for ruining his business and his life. The franchisee, Bhupinder â€œBobâ€ Baber, was found dead last November in the bathroom of a Quiznos restaurant in Whittier, California, after pumping three rounds from a .380 caliber handgun into his own chest.
Another group of angry franchisees, the Toasted Subs Franchisee
Association (TSFA), took up his cause, and posted his suicide note on
its website to raise money for the Baber family. Quiznos quickly
responded by yanking the franchises of the eight directors of the TSFA,
and the TSFA responded by filing for an injunction in federal court in
Denver seeking to hold onto their franchises until the defamation
allegations filed by Quiznos could be litigated.