Businesses embroiled in contract disputes may not know (or understand) what subject matter jurisdiction is all about, but they should know that it is an important consideration in whether a court can hear the case before it. If a case is filed in an incorrect court, the defending party may ask the court to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction.
In a prior post, we highlighted the legal battle between the franchise owners of the popular fast food chain Steak ‘n Shake, and the owners of two restaurants in the Denver metro area. While the legal wrangling between the parties is far from over, the restaurants were set to open once again in November. (A federal judge had ordered that the stores be closed amidst the legal battle).
If you are a fan of Steak ‘n Shake, prepare to be relieved (or surprised). The popular fast food chain will be returning to the Metro Denver area after being on hiatus due to a lawsuit between area franchise owners and the company’s Indianapolis based headquarters. A federal judge had ordered that the restaurants be closed pending resolution of several issues between the parties.