Moran Indus. Inc. v. Baker, No. 10 C 7653, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. May 27, 2011) (Hibbler, Sen. J.).
Judge Hibbler granted in part defendant’s motion to dismiss and transfer in this Lanham Act case over Mr. Transmission and Meineke Car Care Center marks. Defendant allegedly violated franchise agreements with plaintiff Moran and plaintiff Meineke by using both plaintiffs’ trademarks at defendants’ auto repair shop. Moran’s franchise agreement had an exclusive jurisdiction provision requiring cases be brought in the Northern District of Illinois. So, Moran’s claims were not dismissed. Meineke’s agreement, however, had no such exclusive provision. So, Meineke’s claims were dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction.