Emergent Files Statewide Class Action Against Janitorial Franchisor

Emergent Legal, in partnership with Basis Law, has filed a statewide class action against CleanNet, a leading franchisor of janitorial services.  The complaint alleges that CleanNet is operating a massive scam that takes millions of dollars from hardworking people who purchase its franchises, and seeks relief for everyone who has purchased or owned a CleanNet franchise in California in the past four years.

More specifically, the action, filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on April 18, 2014, alleges that CleanNet systematically:

  • Fails to make required disclosures to potential franchise purchasers before they buy a franchise;
  • Makes untrue and misleading statements and omissions to potential franchise purchasers;
  •  Fails to provide franchisees with their guaranteed minimum monthly janitorial accounts;
  •  Fails to ensure it can provide sufficient janitorial accounts to everyone who purchases a franchise;
  • Terminates franchisees’ janitorial accounts without cause and on false pretenses;
  • Retains an unfair portion of its franchisees’ revenues; and
  •  Violates California’s law forbidding unlawful, unfair, and fraudulent business practices.

A copy of the complaint is available for download here.  A multilingual website with information in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese is here.

We're grateful for this opportunity to serve the named plaintiffs and the class.  For more information about this litigation, contact us.