Simon-Starbucks Case May Give Landlords A Legal Roadmap

Law360, Minneapolis (January 19, 2018, 11:39 AM EST) -- Starbucks Corp. earlier this week settled with mall owner Simon Property Group following a ruling by a judge in late 2017 that said Starbucks had to keep dozens of Teavana stores open despite the company's wish to shutter them, and lawyers say landlords — now armed with the knowledge of the way the case played out — may follow the real estate investment trust's lead.

Starbucks last summer announced plans to close all 379 of its Teavana stores by 2018, but Simon Property subsequently sued, saying the company was not allowed to close its 77 Teavana stores in Simon malls per...

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