The Canton, Mass.-based companies that own Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins are suing two of their Texas franchisees for allegedly falling short of company standards relating to health, sanitation and safety. In Dunkin' Donuts Franchised Restaurants LLC, et al. v. Sunrin Group Inc. and Saloni Enterprises Inc., filed Aug. 28 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the two major brands sued franchisees in Plano and Carrollton that sell both donuts and ice cream (awesome combination) for alleged breach of contract, trademark infringement, unfair competition and trademark dilution. "Defendants' actions," the plaintiffs allege, "have caused and continue to cause irreparable harm to Plaintiffs, including harm to Plaintiffs' reputation and goodwill." The brands seek an injunction requiring the franchisees to clean up their allegedly bad acts. When I first heard about this suit, I was shocked that Dunkin' Donuts shops actually exist in Texas. Then I remembered someone brought a box of Dunkin' Donuts to work here at Texas Lawyer one day. They were delicious.
-- Jonathan Fox