The iconic pancake restaurant IHOP recently surprised consumers in New Jersey and across the nation by changing its name temporarily to IHOb to drum up business for its burger sales. However, not everyone was happy with the temporary change. RMH Holdings, the second-largest franchisee of the casual dining restaurant chain, Applebee's, has filed a lawsuit stating that Dine Brands, which is the parent company of both Applebee's and IHOP, put Applebee's at risk through the IHOb ad campaign.
Business lawsuits can come up in the most unusual of ways. For example, one might think nothing of a mom trying to start her own home-based business selling baked goods. It may be her intention to start her business from home, and once she has raised enough revenue, move her operations to a brick-and-mortar shop. However, it may come as a surprise to some that New Jersey is the only state in the nation where it is against the law to sell cookies, cakes, muffins and other baked goods made at one's personal residence (although nonprofit bake sales are still legal).