Weintraub litigators were in the news this week as their client, local restaurant owner Jared Katzenbarger, filed suit against Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. The lawsuit is in response to Dickey’s demand that Mr. Katzenbarger enter into arbitration regarding Dickey’s franchise restaurants that Mr. Katzenbarger has since closed and replaced with original concept restaurants Jyro’s Twisted Gyros and Side Burn BBQ and Beer.
In Sacramento Business Journal‘s article on the dispute, Josh Escovedo explained that the dispute is based on misrepresentations made by the national chain about the nature of the franchise agreement.
“We are hoping that the court will stay the arbitration proceedings and issue a ruling,” Escovedo said in an article in Law360 about the dispute. “It is our position that the arbitration provisions in the franchise agreements are unenforceable.”
The Sacramento Bee article on the dispute reports that Mr. Katzenbarger is not the only Dickey’s franchisee that has had trouble with the nationwide chain.