Judge rules restaurants — including in Warren — can’t operate as Perkins

Times Observer photo by Katie Miktuk The Warren Perkins location on Ludlow St.

A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order against several area restaurants operating as Perkins.

Campbells Land Co. Inc. (CLC) acquired the Perkins franchises in Erie, Corry, Meadville, Titusville, and Warren in bankruptcy court in early 2018. Tuesday morning’s ruling in favor of Perkins & Marie Callender’s LLC (PMC) ordered the company to stop using Perkins’ trademark and “any and all signs, flags, menus, fixtures, furnishing, equipment, advertising, materials, stationery, supplies, forms and other articles that display or contain any PMC trademark,” according to multiple online sources.

CLC is required to make any necessary changes to remove the Perkins brand from its restaurants and is prohibited from providing any information related to the operations of the franchises.

Perkins & Marie Callender’s LLC said in a lawsuit on June 27 that Campbells Land Co. owed nearly $2.2 million in fees, and has been in default since 2018. PMC claims CLC did not pay its royalty fees, marketing contributions and did not complete construction on multiple projects.

PMC said CLC did not uphold standards in its license agreements.

PMC terminated its agreement with CLC in early June and is now looking to the court for help to close the Perkins restaurants.

A hearing on whether to make the temporary restraining order permanent is reportedly scheduled for Monday, July 8.

A manager at the Warren Perkins location said he could not comment on the situation.