UPS Franchisees Appeal after Judge Decertifies Class - Blue Maumau The UPS Store / Mail Boxes Etc franchisees filed a notice of appeal last week while still licking their wounds from a devastating blow from a California court. The judge decertified their collective claims as a “class” group. In the franchisees’ lawsuit against franchisor United Parcel Services, they claim The UPS Store business model presented to them after UPS took over in 2001 was flawed, causing irreparable harm to their stores. Last month, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William F. Highberger granted summary judgment to the shipping giant, ruling that franchisees who owned Mail Boxes, Etc. stores that later converted to The UPS Store system, had not proven to the court that they were harmed by the conversion. A year ago, he had granted 3,500 MBE franchisees class-action status in the lawsuit.