View Full Version : Hooters Lawsuit Claims Rival Restaurant Stole ‘Trade Secrets'

09-30-2011, 07:29 PM
WASHINGTON -- Hooters (http://www.hooters.com/home.aspx), the restaurant chain famous for its scantily clad Hooters Girls, sued the partner of an upstart rival in Georgia federal court this week, accusing the company developing Twin Peaks (http://www.twinpeaksrestaurant.com/)restaurants and a former Hooters executive of stealing trade secrets in their bid to take on the “delightfully tacky yet unrefined” restaurant chain.
In their lawsuit, Hooters claims that Joseph Hummel, former Hooters vice president, jumped ship to help develop the similarly themed Twin Peaks restaurants (motto: “Eats, Drinks, Scenic Views”) in July and took “sensitive business information” with him. The alleged trade secrets apparently involve more than just skimpy waitress outfits. According to the suit, in the weeks leading up to his departure to Twin Peaks development partner La Cima Restaurants, Hummel downloaded and emailed to his private account a “substantial volume” of Hooters documents, including plans related to management, recruitment, distribution and sales.


09-30-2011, 07:31 PM
I presume the 'secrets' were stolen in pairs?

09-30-2011, 08:41 PM
Their other secret is greasy, overpriced food.

Phillip Allen
09-30-2011, 09:06 PM
stay out of this sty, guys... you'll just get muddy and the other stymates will get frustrated

09-30-2011, 09:10 PM
Half-naked women delivering your cheeseburger is a trade secret? Stealing corporate documents? How much brain does it take to run a chain of fast food restaurants?