The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal dropped in our lap news of the latest lawsuit commenced in this dog-eat-dog world of trade secrets litigation - the secrets of dog bones. Seems a kiosk operator at the giant Mall of America called Chewzy Dogs LLC entered into a franchise agreement to license the treat recipes from Washington, Pa.-based Just Dogs Barkery Inc. in 2007.
You can find Staff Reporter Jim Hammerand's story here: http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/blog/law/2011/09/mall-of-america-dog-treat-seller-sues.html
In June 0f 2011, Just Dogs abruptly ended the 10-year agreement, the federally-filed lawsuit said. Chewzy Dogs said Just Dogs offered to transfer its trademarks and trade secrets, including recipes and cookie cutters, but that Just Dogs reneged on that agreement after Chewzy Dogs accepted. Now they are truly in the doghouse and Chewzy has sued them.
We'll report back who's playing in traffic on this one.