SPRINGFIELD INVESTMENTS, LLC ET AL. v. GLOBAL INVESTMENTS, LLC ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Aug 27, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Everett L. Hixson, Jr., Adam U. Holland, and Everett L. Hixson, III, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellants, Springfield Investments, LLC; Global Southern Realty Holdings, LLC; and Mohammed Abbasi, individually.

Attorneys 2:

Cameron S. Hill and Marcie Kiggans Bradley, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellees, Global Investments, LLC; Global Foods, LLC; Goul Group Management, Inc.; Jamal Alghoul, individually; and Kamal Alghoul, individually.

Judge(s): FRIERSON

This case involves a claim for, inter alia, intentional interference with business relationships. The plaintiffs allege that the defendants, owners and operators of a franchise pursuant to an agreement with Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers Restaurant (“Wendy’s”) in Cleveland, Tennessee, interfered with the plaintiffs’ ability to timely secure a franchise agreement with Wendy’s to build a new restaurant in Cleveland. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants improperly used a non-compete agreement, entered into in 1998 by the defendants and a brother of one of the plaintiffs, to object to Wendy’s grant of the new franchise. Following a bench trial, the trial court found, inter alia, that the plaintiffs failed to establish the claim of intentional interference with business relationships. The court did enter a judgment, however, in favor of the plaintiffs for nominal damages in the amount of $500. The plaintiffs have appealed. Discerning no reversible error, we affirm.