August 31, 1991 |
Eleven El Pollo Loco franchisees have filed a lawsuit against the charbroiled-chicken chain's parent company, alleging that its management has failed to live up to goals for marketing, development of new products and expansion, attorneys said Friday. As a result, 13 of the 49 El Pollo Loco restaurants operated by the disgruntled franchisees have closed, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Orange County Superior Court. The suit seeks at least $90 million in damages. James C.
February 25, 1998
San Diego-based Foodmaker Inc., owner of the Jack in the Box fast-food chain, said it signed a $58.5-million settlement of lawsuits it filed against suppliers of meat that led to a deadly outbreak of illnesses caused by E. coli bacteria. Foodmaker has agreed to drop suits against Safeway Inc., among others, over meat it contends was tainted and that caused the deaths of four children in 1993.
February 17, 1994 |
Foodmaker Settles Poisoning Suit: The San Diego-based parent of the Jack in the Box fast-food chain agreed to pay $1.3 million to the family of a 2-year-old boy who died from eating tainted hamburger. More than 600 cases of E. coli bacterial poisoning were reported in Washington and Nevada during an outbreak that began in late 1992. A Foodmaker spokeswoman said fewer than 20 poisoning lawsuits remain and that "several dozen" cases, including the four involving deaths, have been resolved.
July 9, 1993 |
Jack in the Box Owners Sue Parent: Foodmaker Inc., company linked to January's lethal outbreak of food poisoning in the Pacific Northwest, said it is being sued by the owners of 325 Jack in the Boxes. The franchises that filed suit represent more than one-quarter of Foodmaker's Jack in the Box chain. Foodmaker said it will defend itself against the suit. Jack in the Box hamburgers were allegedly responsible for an outbreak of E.
September 15, 1994 |
A $2.9-million verdict won by a woman who was scalded when she tried to pry the lid off a cup of McDonald's coffee was cut by a judge Wednesday to $640,000. State District Judge Robert Scott ruled that the $2.7 million in punitive damages awarded to 81-year-old Stella Liebeck was excessive, and he reduced the amount to $480,000. He let stand $160,000 in compensatory damages awarded. The judge said he arrived at $480,000 figure for punitive damages by tripling the $160,000 compensatory award.
January 14, 1994 |
Taco Bell Corp. on Thursday denied allegations that it tried to infiltrate a Chicago-based company in 1991 to spy on a fast-food franchisee. In a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, franchisee Richard L. Cohn alleges that Taco Bell tried to gain access to his company illegally in 1991 by recommending that he hire a Houston-based Taco Bell executive to help run nine Chicago-area franchises.