A federal judge has closed the books on the four-year-old Dominic’s/Duke’s restaurant lawsuit after ruling that the attorney for former Dominic’s owner Anne B. Mantia is entitled to nearly $100,000 in legal fees.
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Key events in Dominic’s case
2005: Christie Mantia agrees to turn over her partial ownership interest in Dominic’s restaurant to her stepmother, Anne B. Mantia, in exchange for $460,000 and an agreement that she not use the term “Dominic’s” in any future restaurant ventures.
2007: Dominic’s restaurant, under Anne Mantia’s sole ownership, closes after a 50-year run.
March 2009: Christie Mantia tells the Dayton Daily News that she and Reece Powers III are preparing to open a restaurant in West Carrollton using recipes and the former chef from Dominic’s.
April 2009: Anne Mantia files a trademark-infringement and breach-of-contract lawsuit against her stepdaughter, Powers and former Dominic’s chef Harry Lee
May 1, 2009: Powers opens the West Carrollton restaurant under the name “Duke’s” without Christie Mantia.
May 14, 2009: U.S. District Judge Thomas Rose orders Duke’s to shut down, ruling that Powers violated his orders.
June 15, 2009: Duke’s reopens under severe menu restrictions spelled out by the judge.
Sept. 1, 2009: Judge Rose orderd Duke’s to shut down “immediately,” ruling its owner has violated court orders.
Dec. 11, 2009: Reece Powers reopens Duke’s
March 29, 2010: For third and final time, Judge Rose orders Duke’s restaurant to be shut down, and also finds Powers to be in contempt of court.
March 2010: Anne Mantia wins default judgment against her stepdaughter, Powers and Lee
April 2013: Judge Rose orders Christie Mantia to pay Anne Mantia $486,776 as a result of breaching the terms of their buyout agreement.
June 2013: Judge Rose awards Ann Mantia’s attorney $99,352 in legal fees while noting that two defendants, Christie Mantia and Powers, have filed for bankruptcy. The judge also terminates the case.
Source: Dayton Daily News archives
Past coverage: We’ve covered the Dominics lawsuit for you the past four years. Read past articles at MyDaytonDailyNews.com.