A Florida franchisee executed a franchise agreement (FA) containing a non-compete provision and a Pennsylvania forum selection clause. Following termination of the FA, the former franchisee’s wife opened a similar business in another part of Florida. The franchisor filed suit in Pennsylvania against the former franchisee and his wife, and they moved to dismiss or, alternatively, to transfer the case … Continue Reading
Earlier this month, New York Pizzeria, Inc., a pizzeria chain with over thirty restaurants in the United States and the Middle East, filed a complaint in federal court in Texas alleging trade secret misappropriation. New York Pizzeria alleged that a former employee, as well as individual restaurant owners, were conspiring … Continue Reading
Throughout 2010, Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s dedicated Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes practice group hosted a series of webinars that addressed key issues facing clients today in this important and ever changing area of law. The series consisted of five webinars: The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: What You Need to Know, Protecting the Secrets in Your Employees’ Heads, Trade Secret … Continue Reading
In a battle of competing noodle franchises, a federal district court in Arizona recently granted a franchisee’s motion to compel arbitration in a trade secret and breach of contract dispute with its franchisor.
Apart from its colorful facts, the court’s ruling is significant. First, it demonstrates that franchisors that include arbitration provisions in their franchise agreements may be precluded … Continue Reading
In Atlanta Bread Co. Int’l, Inc. v. Lupton-Smith, S08G1815, 2009 WL 1834215 (Ga. Jun. 29, 2009), the Georgia Supreme Court today confirmed that in-term restrictive covenants are subject to the same strict scrutiny standard applied to post-term covenants and the same reasonableness standards of time, territory, and scope.
The question presented in Atlanta Bread Company was whether the in-term … Continue Reading
By Robert Milligan & Jim McNairy
After obtaining a sweeping nationwide injunction from an arbitrator that enjoined licensee Comedy Club, Inc. (“CCI”) from opening any new comedy clubs until 2019 pursuant to a trademark license agreement, licensor/competitor Improv West Associates (“Improv”) could not have been in the mood for laughs when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit … Continue Reading
Earlier this year, the Georgia Court of Appeals made news in Atlanta Bread Company Int’l v. Lupton-Smith, Court of Appeals Case No. A08A0348, when it struck down in-term restrictive covenants of a franchisee on the grounds that the in-term restrictive covenants did not pass the test of reasonableness applied to post-term restrictive covenants. In this case, the franchisee had … Continue Reading