Cases & Deals

RE/MAX franchisor defends against tort case arising out of auto accident involving franchisee's sales associate

Clients RE/MAX International, Inc.

The plaintiff in this case was severely injured while a passenger in a car operated by a sales associate of Jones Day client RE/MAX International, Inc.'s franchisee. Plaintiff sued the sales associate, his brokerage (the franchisee), and various upstream franchising entities (including RE/MAX) in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Jones Day lawyers obtained summary judgment for RE/MAX International, Inc. In a case of first impression, the Illinois Court of Appeals, First District, affirmed, concluding that the franchisee's sales associate was neither the actual nor the apparent agent of our franchisor client.

Oliveira-Brooks v. Re/Max International, Inc., et al., No. 1-05-3967 (Ill. Ct. App. 1st Dist.)