Texas Lawbook Covers Haynes Boone’s Litigation Win for Pizza Hut

June 28, 2022

Partners Deb Coldwell and Jason Jordan and Associates Sally Dahlstrom, Alicia Pitts and Wilson Miller were mentioned in a Texas Lawbook Litigation Roundup about their Pizza Hut franchise win. Read an excerpt below:

On June 17, U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder handed Pizza Hut a $6.6 million win in a battle involving the Plano-based pizza empire’s franchise agreements in Philadelphia.

Pizza Hut filed the lawsuit in 2019 against multiple franchisees, alleging that the Philadelphia franchise agreements were terminated based on multiple breaches by the defendants. They lodged counterclaims seeking tens of millions. Pizza Hut sought payment for unpaid fees and indemnity fees, as well as injunctive relief because it alleged the franchisees continued to use Pizza Hut’s trademarks and trade dress.

Judge Shroeder’s final judgment follows a weeklong bench trial this spring in Texarkana. Pizza Hut was represented by a team from Haynes and Boone, including Partners Deb Coldwell and Jason Jordan and Associates Sally Dahlstrom, Alicia Pitts and Wilson Miller. Local counsel was Geoffrey Patton Culbertson and Kelly Tidwell of Patton Tidwell & Culbertson.

The defense was represented by Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann, including partners Michael Hurst, Mary Goodrich Nix, and Sara Chellete and associates Farsheed Fozouni and Daniela Vera Holmes. Local counsel was Jennifer Haltom Doan and Cole Riddell of Haltom & Doan.

Excerpted from Texas Lawbook. To read the full article, click here.

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