The previously mentioned McDonald's Operator bankruptcy has created a stir,
unfortunately leaving many questions unanswered. Following legal proceedings
can be very frustrating. The attorneys can't talk about the case and typically
instruct their clients not to talk to anyone.
In this environment the media can only report on what has been filed with the
courts. And, since few civil cases go to an actual trial, there are rarely public
proceedings to follow.
And when a civil matter does go to trail the presiding judge usually frowns on
"trying the case in the press". Trust me, I've had many opportunities to connect
eager reporters with franchisee plaintiffs but their attorneys usually kill the
idea. And in big-bucks litigation your attorney is your boss.
The initial document filed on 1/18/16 is only five pages long and was filed with
the Southern District Court of Iowa and is available (with some effort) at:
To access documents on the website you'll need to establish a "PACER" case
locator account on the home page which I found to be laborious but doable.
It's almost as if the legal establishment doesn't want citizens to have easy
access to information.
The case number is 16-02263 and is Document #14