Dunkin' Says Ex-Franchisees Hurt Its TM With Hiring Practices

By Suzanne Monyak (June 25, 2019, 2:54 PM EDT) -- Dunkin' Donuts accused multiple former franchisees in Delaware federal court Monday of sullying the coffee chain's reputation and intellectual property by failing to verify whether employees hired at the restaurants are authorized to work in the U.S.

The lawsuit follows the disputed termination of the franchise agreements over claims that owners with locations in Pennsylvania and Delaware engaged in illegal hiring practices in breach of their contracts, diluting the restaurant chain's registered trademarks and trade dress as a result.

The suit also claims the franchisees have infringed Dunkin's IP by continuing to display the chain's registered marks and trade dress, including...

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