Hirzel Dreyfuss & Dempsey represent Fuddruckers franchisees in litigation against major real estate developer

Owners of the Fuddruckers location on International Drive are suing their landlord — President Donald Trump’s business partner Michael Dezer — over Dezer’s plan to convert the former Artegon Marketplace shopping mall into an auto museum and tourist attraction.

The mall and its former owners, Lightstone Group, attracted lawsuits when Lightstone abruptly threw most tenants out in January 2017. At least eight former tenants and Fuddruckers filed suit against Lightstone. The Fuddruckers franchisee, Blue Hills International, recently decided to add Dezer’s company, Dezer Orlando Center LLC, as a defendant. 

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