We defeated an attempt by a competing restaurant franchise to use legal tactics to obtain proprietary information. A prominent chain of restaurants believed our client, a competing restaurant chain, had stolen its restaurant concept, including its recipes, design and layout. In an unusual tactic, the complaining company asked the court for permission to take a deposition of a witness before even filing a lawsuit — a pre-action deposition. We knew that the competitorâ€™s real intent was to poke around in our clientâ€™s operations and get company secrets, by claiming secrets had been stolen from them. Our legal battle over this issue was so vigorous that the competing company gave up and walked away from its legal action against our client.
Evan S. Schwartz
Founder of Schwartz, Conroy & Hack