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Civil Procedure Keyed to Spencer
Burger King Corp. v. Rudzewicz
Citation:471 U.S. 462 (1985)
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John Rudzewicz (Defendant) applied to operate a Burger King Corp. (Plaintiff) franchise in his home state of Michigan. In order to do so, he had to send his application to the Plaintiff’s Florida office. Once approved, the franchise agreement required Defendant to regularly send payments to, and communicate with, representatives from the Florida office. During an economic downturn, Defendant fell behind on his payments. Plaintiff’s Florida representatives reached out and attempted to negotiate, but negotiations failed and they ordered Defendant to shut down his franchise. Defendant refused, and Plaintiff filed suit in a Florida court.
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