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Link Staffing alleges trademark infringement by former franchisee who started competing staffing firm in Florida

Federal Court

By Marian Johns | Nov 27, 2019

Trademark 10

HOUSTON – Houston-based franchisor Link Staffing is alleging a former Florida franchisee who abandoned their franchise and converted clients and field staff to work for a competing staffing business engaged in trademark infringement.

Franlink Inc., doing business as Link Staffing Services, filed a complaint Nov. 22 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Bace Services, formerly known as Craig Wells Enterprises, and others alleging breach of franchise agreement and guaranty failure to pay fees and other amounts.

According to the suit, Bace entered into a Link Staffing 15-year franchising agreement in 2007. The plaintiff alleges the defendants abandoned their Link Staffing franchise and mailed a letter to the plaintiff in October that stated they intended to abandon the franchise. The plaintiff alleges it responded back that the attempt to terminate the agreement was not valid for a few reasons. 

The plaintiff alleges it later learned that the defendants were operating a competing employment staffing business in violation of the agreement.

Link Staffing seeks monetary relief of more than $75,000, an injunction against Bace, interest and all other just relief. It is represented by DJ Ringquist of Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing Law Firm PC in Houston and Craig Miller of Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett Law Firm PA in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:19-CV-04593

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