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Dickey's Barbecue Pit Files Lawsuit Against Former Owner/Operator

MERIDIAN, Idaho — Dickey's Barbecue Pit has filed a federal lawsuit against former Meridian, Idaho, franchise owner Luigi Mangione after he continued to use the brand when his franchise agreement ended, it was announced April 12.

Dickey's terminated Luigi Mangione's franchise agreement on Jan. 19, 2010, after he stopped paying royalties to Dickey's, a condition required by the franchise agreement.  Mangione's continued use of Dickey's trademarks, trade secrets, proprietary marks and decor has instigated the suit, according to company officials.

The lawsuit's title is Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. v. Lira, LLC and Luigi Mangione in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division.

U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis granted a temporary restraining order in Dickey's favor on March 3, 2010 and a further order to extend the temporary restraining order shortly after.

Dickey's is currently seeking to enforce the temporary restraining order to the fullest extent possible.

Dickey's Barbecue is the largest barbecue chain in the United States.