SHREE KRISHNA, LLC, D/B/A QUIZNO'S CLASSIC SUBS v. BROADMOOR INVESTMENT CORP. (Tenn. Ct. App. February 1, 2012)
This case involves the breach of a commercial lease. The plaintiff leased property from the defendant for a franchise restaurant. The lease granted the plaintiff options to renew for two additional lease periods. The parties' agreement with the franchisor provided that the lease and the options were assignable, and that the landlord's consent to the assignment could not be unreasonably withheld.
The plaintiff sought to assign the lease and the renewal options to a third party. The defendant landlord refused to consent to the assignment and attempted to negotiate a new lease with the prospective assignee on different terms. After the assignee withdrew its offer to purchase the plaintiff's franchise, the plaintiff agreed to sell it to the assignee for a reduced price. The plaintiff then filed this lawsuit against the defendant landlord for breach of contract, alleging that it unreasonably withheld consent to the original proposed assignment. After a bench trial, the trial court held in favor of the plaintiff. The defendant landlord now appeals. We affirm, finding that the evidence supports the trial court's conclusion that the defendant landlord unreasonably withheld consent in order to extract an economic concession or improve the landlord's economic position.
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