11th Circ. Renews Most Winn-Dixie Lease Exclusivity Claims

Law360, Miami (March 6, 2014, 6:32 PM EST) -- The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday said that a 2002 Florida state appellate decision compelled it to reinstate most of a lawsuit brought by Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. that claimed rival retailers operating dollar stores violated grocery exclusivity clauses in their leases for nearly 100 locations.

Taking a broader interpretation of definitions for the terms “staple or fancy groceries” and “sales area,” the three-judge appeals panel reversed and remanded a district court's dismissal of 41 stores in Florida, 11 in Alabama and two in Georgia, but the Eleventh...
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