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UPDATED: Frankfort's Aurelio's, Parent Company Settle Infringement Suit

Details weren't disclosed, but Aurelio's Is Pizza Franchise and the owner of the chain's Frankfort location came to terms over a lawsuit claiming the owner sold improperly prepared frozen pizzas under Aurelio's name, the Chicago Tribune reports.

  • UPDATED (11:51 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6): Comments from Joe Pascale, owner of the Frankfort location.

An franchise owner and the restaurant's parent company reached a settlement over that accused the Frankfort location of selling counterfeit pizzas at a fundraiser for the girls’ field hockey team, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

Kirk Mauriello, director of franchising for the , wouldn't go into details about the settlement but said the company and agreed to terms that would keep that location in the chain's system, the Tribune said. Mauriello said the company had received complaints and questions regarding the ingredients used in the pizzas Pascale provided for the fundraiser, the report stated.

“They were making a substandard product from what our customers were used to getting,” Mauriello told the Tribune. “It was agreed that this won’t happen anymore.“

Pascale on Friday confirmed that a settlement had been reached and that he would be keeping his franchise license, but he denied further comment on the advice of his attorney.

The lawsuit, which was filed in October, contended that Pascale, who also owns Aurelio's franchises in New Lenox and Morris, intentionally committed trademark infringement, dilution and counterfeiting when he contracted with Peotone-based Teresa Food Inc. to make machine-manufactured frozen pizzas with unauthorized ingredients. Pascale sold those pizzas as Aurelio’s brand pizzas at a Homewood-Flossmoor High School athletic fundraiser on Oct. 7.

According to the lawsuit, the parent company caught Pascale selling wholesale frozen pizzas to a local gas station eight years ago, and Pascale promised at the time not to misuse the Aurelio’s trademark again. However, a company investigation uncovered other instances and estimated that Pascale sold more than 100,000 unauthorized pizzas in the past decade, Mauriello told Patch in October.

Peter Martin January 11, 2012 at 03:54 PM
DEAR FOLKS, PLEASE VIEW MY EARLIER COMMENT. MR. PASCALE'S FRANCHISE AND ITS FRANCHISOR WILL "LOSE" MONEY BECAUSE MR. JOE PASCALE VIOLATED...ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION...THE FRANCHISE DOCUMENTS THAT HE SIGNED. ONCE THE LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT WAS MADE PUBLIC, THE FRANCHISOR AND FRANCHISEE WERE RIGHTLY EXPOSED TO THE OBVIOUS RAMIFICATIONS THAT FOLLOWED. ALSO, KIRK, THE FRANCHISOR MUST LOSE MONEY AGAIN BECAUSE YOU ARE WILLING TO PUT SHORT TERMS PROFITS AHEAD OF MR. PASCALE'S CONTINUED GREEDY ACTIONS. PLEASE INFORM THE PUBLIC IF THE FRANCHISE IN FRANKFORT IS PUT UP FOR SALE. I AM SURE THAT YOU AND MR. PASCALE HAVE NOTICED A DROP IN THAT LOCATION'S REVENUE..AS WELL IT SHOULD. DURING THESE HARD ECONOMIC TIMES, I AM SURE THAT THERE ARE EHTICAL ENTREPRENEURS WHO WOULD BE WILLING TO PURCHASE THE "DAMAGED" FRANCHISE IN FRANKFORT. MR. PASCALE WILL HAVE TO MAKE DO WITH HIS OTHER AURELIO UNITS. JOE'S PARTY MAY BE OVER IN FRANKFORT.
SOXSIDE GUY May 02, 2012 at 06:56 AM
DOWNERS GROVE BUY'S IT'S CHEESE FROM AURELIO'S IN HOMEWOOD HOW COULD IT BE DIFFERENT.
Rose Govert May 08, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I grew up enjoying Aurellio's pizza - first at the Homewood location and then they opened in South Holland and went there sometimes. Homewood always was the favorite. Then I moved to Frankfort and starting going to that location. I still do and always will continue going to Aurellio's in Frankfort. We have had parties there and will continue to do so. It is unfortunate that this frozen pizza event was handled poorly, however, if there was an apology I feel I can forgive. We all make bad decisions at times. Hopefully, it was a lesson learned. Thank you Joe for all the donating continue to do for charities. Rose
frank glio October 09, 2012 at 08:10 AM
you people have boring lives if you are really concerned about this topic....
Darnell October 09, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Thank You Frank,, your comment said it all! It's pizza people,,Jeebus, get a life!!!

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