Jungle Java to reopen on Jackson Road after legal dispute
Previous story: Federal lawsuit alleges Jungle Java owners conspired to launch competitor, violated franchise agreement Canton-based chain Jungle Java Inc. plans to reopen its Ann Arbor area play cafe about five months after filing a lawsuit against the owners who had been operating the franchise since 2007.
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The company is "currently hiring all positions" and expects to open in early November, according to a Facebook post today.
The original owners of the Jungle Java franchise on Jackson Road closed the play cafe abruptly this spring and immediately converted the store into a new, similar business called Mocha Mountain.
That prompted a lawsuit from Jungle Java, which accused the owners of violating their franchise agreement by misusing trademarks and proprietary business information, failing to pay certain fees and conspiring to launch a direct competitor. The franchise owners had also faced a separate suit from a Denver-based bank over an unpaid loan totaling more than $349,000.
Mocha Mountain closed shortly after the lawsuits surfaced, and the space has been vacant since.
It was not immediately clear whether the lawsuits had been resolved. Jungle Java's corporate office did not return a call seeking comment, and the new store managers did not respond to an email.
Jungle Java operates stores in Canton, Farmington Hills and Clinton Township.