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The Dublin, Ohio-based corporation last month asked a federal judge for an injunction to keep BZB Enterprises from using its brand.

Wendy’s said in its Jan. 20 complaint that the Havre, Mont.-based franchisee has ignored demands to comply with Wendy’s standards after food-safety concerns were raised at several of its restaurants.

Wendy’s previously terminated the franchise agreements for six of the restaurants, but BZB Enterprises and the owners named in the lawsuit “boldly continue to operate the restaurants with complete disregard for the critical food safety concerns raised in the audits,” the complaint reads.

For example, a 2008 audit of the Wendy’s restaurant in Havre found 265 food safety issues ranging from unclean preparation equipment to employees not washing their hands. Another audit in 2010 found 111 deficiencies, most relating to cleanliness and food safety, which weren’t corrected in follow-up audits, prompting Wendy’s to terminate the franchise agreement in November.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports