Haynes and Boone Represents Prevailing Parties in Two of Franchise Times Top Ten Legal Cases of 2015


Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers were on the winning side of two of the court cases recently listed by the editor of Franchise Times magazine as the Top Ten Legal Cases of 2015.

Managing Editor Beth Ewen ranked matters involving Haynes and Boone franchise clients How Do You Roll and Jimmy John Liautaud of Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, in her annual Top Ten list.

“Members of our Franchise and Distribution practice consistently deliver for clients when they are confronted with important legal challenges,” says Deb Coldwell, head of the Haynes and Boone practice group. “Our high-profile appearances on this Franchise Times list show that we are at the forefront of the litigation that makes a difference to clients.”

In the Franchise Times No. 4 ranked case, Estep v. Yung, Haynes and Boone successfully represented defendants Yuen Yung and HDYR, LLC in asserting that a How Do You Roll sushi franchise area representative agreement was not a franchise under the California Franchise Relations Act. The court also upheld the forum selection clause in transferring the case from California to Texas.

In the No. 5 ranked matter, Brunner et al. v. James John Liautaud et al, the court sided with Haynes and Boone Partner Mary-Christine “M.C.” Sungaila and ruled in favor of the CEO, holding he was not a joint employer with franchisees in disputes over labor practices.

The Haynes and Boone Franchise and Distribution Practice annually ranks among the top global practices in Chambers USA, Chambers Global and U.S. News/Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” Its lawyers have experience in-house with franchise companies and outside in the real world working in the industries served, and seek to combine business skill and legal knowledge to balance the business objectives and economic expectations of franchise and distribution clients.

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