Yum! Brands to Appeal Jury Finding against Taco Bell.Business Editors
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 4, 2003
Yum! Brands Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) or Yum! is a Fortune 500 corporation, that operates or licenses A&W (excluding Canada), KFC, Long John Silver's, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell restaurants worldwide. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, it is the world's largest quick-service (a.k.a. , Inc. (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange :YUM) today announced it plans to appeal a U.S. District Court verdict against Taco Bell Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., is a Mexican-style quick service restaurant chain based in Irvine, California, United States. The restaurant has locations primarily in the United States and Canada, but also operates outlets in several other markets. Corp. in which the jury found for plaintiffs who claimed to have created the Taco Bell "chihuahua" character formerly used in Taco Bell's advertisements.
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In view of this jury verdict, the Company will take a special charge of $.06 per share (excluding interest) in the second quarter ending June 16, 2003. As disclosed in the Company's first quarter earnings release issued on April 23, 2003, the Company's second quarter and full-year EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) A PostScript file format used to transfer a graphic image between applications and platforms. EPS files contain PostScript code as well as an optional preview image in TIFF, WMF, PICT or EPSI, the latter being an ASCII-only format. guidance assumed no material impact from special items. If unsuccessful upon appeal, the Company intends to seek reimbursement from its insurance carriers and Taco Bell's former advertising agency.