California Law Firm Mulcahy Reeves Secures Arbitration Victory for Leading Franchisor

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Mulcahy Reeves, a leading antitrust and franchise litigation boutique in California, successfully litigated an arbitration proceeding against a franchisee on behalf of coffee house franchisor It's A Grind. The firm secured dismissal of the franchisee's antitrust and fraud claims, and an award of damages for the franchisor.

MulcahyReeves took a very serious claim against us and completely turned the tables

Mulcahy Reeves, a California law firm specializing in antitrust and franchise litigation, recently won an arbitration proceeding on behalf of It's A Grind ("IAG"), one of America's fastest growing coffee house franchises. IAG Coffee Franchise, LLC, et al. v. Sanders, et al. # 73-114 Y 00190 06 NOCA.

After trying to help a franchisee who had been unable to find a location by identifying an existing store that was available for purchase, IAG found itself accused of fraud regarding the franchisee's past profitability, violations of the California Franchise Investment Law, and price fixing in violation of the Cartwright Act. The franchisee claimed damages in excess of $700,000.

After being retained by IAG, the California antitrust and franchise lawyers at Mulcahy Reeves immediately initiated a binding arbitration seeking damages for the franchisee's abandonment of their business in violation of their franchise agreement, and a ruling that the franchisee's alleged claims lacked merit.

After nine days of arbitration, the arbitrator issued a ruling (i) denying the claims asserted by the franchisee against IAG in their entirety, and (ii) ordering the franchisee to pay IAG damages for lost royalties, attorneys' fees and costs, arbitration expenses, and filing and case service fees.

"MulcahyReeves took a very serious claim against us and completely turned the tables," said It's A Grind CEO Steve Shoeman. "We could not be happier with the result."

About Mulcahy Reeves LLP
Based in Irvine, California, the attorneys at Mulcahy Reeves have extensive experience representing major clients in antitrust, franchise and distribution disputes throughout the country, including complex litigation in federal and state courts, and before state administrative agencies and arbitration panels. The firm has litigated matters regarding franchise and distribution violations of state and federal laws, the federal Sherman, Clayton and Robinson-Patman Acts, as well as California's Cartwright Act and Unfair Competition Act.

James M. Mulcahy, Esq.
Mulcahy Reeves LLP
phone: 949-252-9377

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