NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on Dec. 30 found that an appeals court decision that awarded an international franchise store and others attorney fees and granted sanctions was appropriate, ordering that the plaintiffs in the case pay $23,512 (Panayota Bletas, et al. v. Frederick Deluca, et al., No. 11-1777, S.D. N.Y.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 182267).