Zaxby's Franchising LLC v. MJM Foods LLC
PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION. Signed by Chief Judge Brian S. Miller on 6/6/2016. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
ZAXBY’S FRANCHISING, LLC
CASE NO. 3:16-CV-00137 BSM
MJM FOODS, LLC
On May 25, 2016, a temporary restraining order was entered. A hearing for a
preliminary injunction was scheduled for June 1, 2016; however, the parties reached an
agreement for the entry of a preliminary injunction.
The temporary restraining order was entered because plaintiff, Zaxby’s
Franchising, LLC (“Zaxby’s), submitted sufficient evidence of its likelihood of
succeeding in its trademark infringement and other claims under the Lanham Act, 15
U.S.C. § 1114(1) & 1125(a); that irreparable harm that would ensue from the actions of
defendant, MJM Foods, LLC (“MJM Foods”); that the harm to Zaxby’s would outweigh
any potential harm to MJM Foods; and that the public interest was best served by
enforcing Zaxby’s trademarks and preventing any consumer confusion.
Based on the agreement of the parties, the court enters this preliminary injunction
with respect to the Zaxby’s restaurant operated by MJM Foods at 2625 Red Wolf
Boulevard in Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401 (“the Restaurant”). MJM Foods, its agents,
servants, employees and attorneys, and all others in active concert or participation with
them shall immediately comply with the following post-expiration Obligations, stated in
the identified paragraphs set forth in Section XIV of the License Agreement, which is
attached as Exhibit B to the complaint [Doc. No. 1-2 at pp. 39-40]:
Cessation of Operation. [MJM Foods] shall immediately cease to
operate the Restaurant and shall not thereafter, directly or indirectly,
represent to the public or hold itself out as a franchisee or licensee of
Cessation of Use of Marks. [MJM Foods] shall immediately and
permanently cease to use, in any manner whatsoever, any equipment,
format, confidential methods, customer data base, programs, literature,
procedures and techniques associated with the System, the name “Zaxby's”
and any other Marks.
In particular, [MJM Foods] shall cease to use,
without limitation, all signs, fixtures, furniture, equipment, promotional,
marketing or advertising materials or displays, uniforms, stationery, forms
and any other articles which display any of the Marks associated with the
Cancellation of Name. [MJM Foods] shall take such action as may
be necessary to cancel any assumed name or equivalent registration which
contains the Marks or any other trademark, trade name or service mark of
[Zaxby’s], and [MJM Foods] shall furnish [Zaxby’s] with evidence
satisfactory to [Zaxby’s] of compliance with this obligation within thirty
(30) days after expiration of this [License] Agreement.
Non-Usage of Marks.
[MJM Foods] agrees, in the event it
continues to operate or subsequently begins to operate any other business,
not to use any reproduction, counterfeit, copy or colorable imitation of the
Marks (including [Zaxby’s] trade dress), either in connection with such
other business or the promotion thereof, which is likely to cause confusion,
mistake or deception, or which is likely to dilute [Zaxby’s] exclusive rights
in and to the Marks (including [Zaxby’s] trade dress) and agrees not to
utilize any designation of origin or description or representation which
falsely suggests or represents an association or connection with [Zaxby’s]
so as to constitute unfair competition.
Prompt Payment Upon Default.
[MJM Foods] shall promptly
remit all sums owing to [Zaxby’s] and its Affiliates and all undisputed
amounts owing to any approved vendor or supplier of [Zaxby’s].
Assignment of Telephone Listings. [MJM Foods] shall promptly
notify the appropriate telephone company and all telephone directory listing
agencies of the termination or expiration of its right to use any telephone
number and any regular, classified or other telephone directory listings
associated with any of the Marks and authorize the transfer of same to or at
the direction of [Zaxby’s]. In connection therewith, [MJM Foods] shall
execute a telephone assignment agreement in substantially the form of
Attachment C attached [to the License Agreement]. [MJM Foods] agrees
to execute updated letters of direction to any telephone companies and
telephone directory listing agencies directing termination and/or transfer of
[MJM Foods]'s right to use any telephone number associated with the
Marks, which [Zaxby’s] may hold until termination or expiration hereof.
[MJM Foods] acknowledges that as between [Zaxby’s] and [MJM Foods],
[Zaxby’s] has the sole right to and interest in all telephone numbers and
directory listings associated with any Marks. [MJM Foods] authorizes
[Zaxby’s], and hereby appoints [Zaxby’s] and any officer of [Zaxby’s] as
its attorney in fact, to direct the appropriate telephone company and all
listing agencies to transfer all such listings to [Zaxby’s] upon termination of
this [License] Agreement.
Covenant of Further Assurances. [MJM Foods] shall execute any
legal document that may be necessary to effectuate the termination
hereunder and shall furnish to [Zaxby’s], within thirty (30) days after the
effective date of termination, written evidence satisfactory to [Zaxby’s] of
[MJM Foods]'s compliance with the foregoing obligations.
Compliance with Covenants. [MJM Foods] shall comply with all
applicable covenants contained in Sections VIII. and XV. of this [License]
Notwithstanding anything in this Preliminary Injunction to the contrary, nothing
herein shall be construed to: (i) impair MJM’s right to represent to the public or hold
itself out as a franchisee or licensee of Zaxby’s as to other License Agreements between
MJM and Zaxby’s; (ii) impair MJM’s right to use equipment, formats, confidential
methods, customer data bases, programs, literature, procedures and techniques associated
with the System, the name “Zaxby’s” and any other Marks as to other License
Agreements between MJM and Zaxby’s; (iii) require MJM to cancel assumed names or
equivalent registrations related to other License Agreements between MJM and Zaxby’s;
(iv) affect MJM’s right to use the Marks in connection with other License Agreements
between MJM and Zaxby’s; or (v) affect MJM’s ownership or use of telephone numbers
and similar items as to other License Agreements between MJM and Zaxby’s.
The temporary restraining order only enjoined MJM Foods from using the
Zaxby’s Marks, brand and name in connection with the Restaurant; however, this
preliminary injunction has placed additional restrictions and requirements upon MJM
Foods. This preliminary injunction will remain in effect until further order of this Court.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 6th day of June 2016.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
APPROVED AS TO FORM:
PURYEAR MAYFIELD & McNEIL, P.A.
/s/ Mr. Jeffrey W. Puryear
Attorneys for Plaintiff
Mr. E.B. Chiles, IV
QUATTLEBAUM, GROOMS & TULL, PLLC
/s/ Mr. E.B. Chiles, IV
Attorneys for Defendant
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