Ice cream truck franchiser Mister Softee Inc. has filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit alleging trademark infringement and violation of a non-compete covenant against former franchisee Dimitrios Tsirkos, who converted his 16 Mister Softee trucks to Master Softee trucks and began selling his own ice cream out of them at the beginning of the 2014 ice cream truck season. Mister Softee of Queens Inc. v. Tsirkos, No. 14-1975 (S.D.N.Y., motion filed April 25, 2014). Mister Softee ended Tsirkos’ franchise contract after he refused to pay $74,000 in franchise royalties for his trucks, but Tsirkos allegedly adjusted the logo on his trucks, started his own soft-serve depot and began selling ice cream in New York City anyway. Tsirkos has filed a motion opposing the injunction, and a hearing is set for May 15, 2014. See Law360, May 2, 2014. See New York Daily News, May 1, 2014.

 

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