According to the Orlando Sentinel, an Orange Circuit Court Judge has ruled in favor of the Universal Orlando Resort in a three-year, $40 million lawsuit. Judge Julie O’Kane has rejected the lawsuit that came from an Ohio man named Adam Limle who claimed the company stole his idea for “a chocolate factory-themed restaurant.”
In August of 2016, Toothsome Chocolate Emporium opened at CityWalk at the Universal Orlando Resort. Mr. Limle had claimed that he pitched Universal this idea in 2007 and 2008, and he, in fact, had acquired a trademark for “The Chocolate Factory.” According to Limle he allegedly sent “renderings and drawings” to Universal.
Despite his trademark and alleged conversation with Universal, Judge Julie O’Kane ruled that Adam Limle “failed to document conversations and correspondence with Universal over the idea.” Additionally, he did not “enter into a non-disclosure or confidentiality agreement.”
Mr. Limle will be responsible for “all legal fees in the lawsuit, according to the filing.”
Credit: Orlando Sentinel