GNC Franchisee Class Action Settlement Valued At $4.2 Mil.
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
GNC's more than 1,400 domestic franchisees have until Oct. 11 to decide whether to participate in a class action settlement that ultimately could be worth as much as $4.2 mil.
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