Franchisee Can't Escape Pizza Chain's Trade Secret Suit

By Joyce Hanson (August 17, 2022, 8:49 PM EDT) — A large franchise owner has failed to convince a Texas federal judge to throw out pizza chain CiCi Enterprises LP’s suit claiming it breached their contract by signing a development deal with Papa John’s and failed to maintain the confidentiality of Cicis-brand restaurants’ trade secrets.

U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn, chief judge of the Northern District of Texas, noted Tuesday in her one-page order that she heard arguments that day from franchise owner Mucho Pizza LLC and related defendants on their motion to dismiss CiCi’s first amended complaint.

Ultimately, Judge Lynn said, she only decided to grant Mucho Pizza’s dismissal…

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