In Five-Week Jury Trial, Haynes and Boone Prevails for TGI Fridays™ In Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Joint Venture Lawsuit


DALLAS – A team of Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers successfully represented Carrollton, Texas-based TGI Fridays™ in a lawsuit arising over a joint venture dispute involving its restaurants at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Fridays™ currently operates six restaurants at the airport.

The complete win for Fridays came after three years of litigation that culminated in a five-week Dallas state court jury trial. Jurors found for Fridays on its affirmative claims for relief, allowing for dissolution of the joint venture and recovery on a declaratory judgment action. The company was also accused of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, tortious interference and conspiracy but prevailed on all of those claims.

“This is a great example of how our firm handles big-ticket trials by drawing on the layers of expertise available across multiple practices and offices,” said Rick Anigian, who chairs one of the Haynes and Boone litigation sections. “In cases like this, we find success by developing teams that pull in outstanding talent from whichever practice group is required to provide the best possible results. Great clients like Fridays understand that we are offering an alternative to the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach by developing customized strategies that are effective in each case we handle.”

Friday’s legal team was led by Dallas Haynes and Boone Partner Deb Coldwell, chair of the firm’s franchise litigation marketing group and co-chair of the firm’s sports law practice group, and Pete Marketos of Reese Gordon Marketos. Other members of the Haynes and Boone team included Dallas Partners Jan Sharry and Anne Johnson, Fort Worth Partner Karen Precella and Dallas Associates Katie Dolan-Galaviz, Suzanne Trigg, Will White, Laura Warrick and Jamee Cotton.


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