Supreme Court Denies McDonald’s Appeal in Class Action

The Supreme Court’s refusal this week to take up McDonald’s appeal of a lower court ruling means the fast food giant will have to face a class action that alleges the company violated antitrust laws.

The burger chain was sued in 2017 over no-poaching agreements between franchise owners that allegedly violated workers’ rights by limiting their job mobility. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit resurrected the proposed class action lawsuit after a lower court dismissed it.

The Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari, or review, in the case of McDonald’s USA LLC v. Deslandes in an unsigned order on March 18. No justices dissented. The court did not explain its decision. At least four of the nine justices must vote to grant the petition for the case to move forward to the oral argument stage.

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