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Quiznos Scores Litigation Win in Denver Court


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Cheng Cohen lawyers are celebrating, after a Denver District Court ruling put the brakes on multiple cases against Quiznos, their much-beleaguered client that agreed to a class-action settlement in 2010.

Here’s the background: Thirteen separate groups of Quiznos franchisees who wanted to opt out of the 2010 Quiznos National Class Settlement filed identical lawsuits in Colorado state court. They raised a variety of claims about Quiznos’ supply chain, marketing programs and other practices.

As lead counsel for Quiznos, “we responded with a flurry of punches,” a Cheng Cohen newsletter says, including motions to dismiss each of the complaints, motions to compel arbitration of six of the 13 lawsuits, and a motion to disqualify the Ballard Spahr law firm representing each of the plaintiff groups.

The court granted in May its motion to disqualify Ballard Spahr under Rule 1.10 of the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct. It also granted motions in six of the cases to compel arbitration and stayed those cases pending the outcome of mandatory arbitration, Cheng Cohen says.

Watch for more on that convoluted case in an upcoming Continental Franchise Review column.

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