Business Litigation and Franchise Litigation

Proudly Serving North Texas & Clients Nationwide

At Mullin Rybicki, we represent business and franchise clients in all types of commercial disputes, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, intellectual property infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and employment claims. Our attorneys are well-versed and experienced in various dispute resolution venues, including counseling clients through mediation, arbitration proceedings, and federal and state courts.

Our notable litigation achievements:

Franchisor Representation:

  • Defended franchisor in administrative proceeding alleging violations of state business opportunity laws, resulting in summary judgment in favor of franchisor on claims that failure to provide disclosure violated anti-fraud provisions of the state law.
  • Successfully represented franchisor on a motion to transfer venue from U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, enforcing a forum-selection clause providing litigation in the county in which the franchisor maintains its principal place of business.
  • Obtained Temporary Restraining Order against former employees of an eyelash extension salon business for violations of non-compete, non-disclosure, and non-solicitation clauses in the employees’ agreements.
  • Served as an expert witness for an international restaurant chain, in the Courts of Marbella, Spain, on the subject of whether a Texas court would grant preliminary injunctive relief to enforce a terminated franchisee’s post-term de-identification requirements, resulting in the Spanish Court’s grant of Interim Remedial Measures enforcing post-term de-identification requirements.
  • Defended national franchisor in federal wage and hour class action lawsuit resulting in reduced class and minimized payment of damages to plaintiffs.
  • Obtained re-opening of EEOC charge for the client in which additional evidence was allowed even though an award had already been made.

Franchisee Representation:

  • Represented franchisee against national party supply franchisor in arbitration proceedings, resulting in a favorable settlement to the franchisee.
  • Defended 50-unit pizza franchisee in federal wage and hour class action resulting in a minimized collection of damages by plaintiffs.
  • Successfully represented franchisee in first case to hold that that the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) applies to termination of commercial leases, and one of the few cases holding that the SCRA provides a remedy for civil litigants (cited by Congressional Committees as support for the recent passage of the Veterans’ Benefits Act of 2010 which, among other things, clarified a private right of action under the SCRA).
  • Obtained dismissal of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges for multi-unit franchisee.
  • Obtained reinstatement of a franchise agreement for a franchisee of a national retail franchisor.

Other Representation:

  • Appointed to represent numerous indigent tenants in appeals of forcible entry and detainer actions in Dallas County Courts.
  • Obtained judgments on behalf of secondary mortgage lender, and recorded abstracts of judgment across the State of Texas.

If you are dealing with or are anticipating a business dispute, contact our litigation and dispute resolution team today.

What Makes Us Different?

  • Collaborative Environment

    Our entire team has unique skills and specialties, which helps the entire staff get to know you and anticipate your needs.

  • Comprehensive Service

    Running a business often leads to a variety of legal needs and challenges, and our team is willing and ready to assist you from start to finish.

  • Big Firm Experience. Boutique Firm Rates.

    We offer the substantive knowledge and skill of a large law firm without charging you the big firm prices.

  • Personalized Attention

    We provide customized strategies for each and every client, and offer the experience to implement them.

Full-Service Representation Tailored to You

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