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    Cassie Doutt is an associate supporting clients primarily within the firm's Franchise & Distribution practice group. Her practice focuses on franchise and distribution litigation, and she has experience with state and federal ...

A state trial court in Minnesota granted Renters Warehouse USA, LLC’s motion for a temporary injunction, and enjoined Life Property Managers, LLC (LPM) from violating its post-termination obligations and a covenant not to compete. Renters Warehouse USA, LLC v. Life Property Managers, LLC, No. 27-CV-24-5837 (Minn. Dist. Ct. June 12, 2024).

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Posted in Arbitration

A federal court in California recently granted a motion brought by a franchisor and two of its employees to compel arbitration and dismiss an action alleging violations of the California Franchise Investment Law, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and misrepresentation. Singh v. Batteries Plus, LLC, 2024 WL 2132525 (E.D. Cal. May 13, 2024).

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A federal court in Ohio recently granted summary judgment in favor of multiple hotel franchisors on sex trafficking claims brought under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). S.C. v. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc., 2024 WL 1429114 (N.D. Ohio Apr. 2, 2024).

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A federal court in Washington recently granted in part and denied in part a former distributor’s partial motion to dismiss claims for breach of a post-termination noncompete agreement, breach of the implied duty of good faith and fair dealing, and civil conspiracy. HydroFLOW USA, LLC v. ECO Integrated Tech., Inc., 2024 WL 1049998 (W.D. Wash. Mar. 11, 2024).

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Posted in Patents

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a preliminary injunction granted as to franchisor Urban Air’s patent and trade dress infringement claims against Kangaroo, LLC. UATP IP, LLC v. Kangaroo, LLC, 2024 WL 658205 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 16, 2024).

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Posted in Damages

An appellate court in California has affirmed a trial court’s rejection of more than $4 million in lost business profits, which appellant Glen Suh alleged in a breach of contract action against franchisor Boba Time, Inc. Suh v. Pak, 2024 WL 768839 (Cal. App. Feb. 26, 2024).

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A federal court in Illinois recently granted partial summary judgment to LMLC Franchising, LLC (LMLC-F), LMLC Management, LLC (LMLC-M), and Todd Barnhardt on claims brought by John Doe and Aylin & Ramtin, LLC (A&R) for breach of fiduciary duty and violating the Illinois Franchise Disclosure Act (IFDA), among others. Aylin & Ramtin, LLC v. Barnhardt, 2024 WL 325384 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 29, 2024).

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Posted in Antitrust

A federal court in California denied a franchisor’s motion to dismiss a consumer’s claims for a violation of the unfair-practices prong of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL) and unjust enrichment. Torres v. Botanic Tonics, LLC, 2023 WL 8852754 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 21, 2023).

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