On August 3, 2016, based upon the request of the Fraser Trebilcock attorneys for Mr. Taco, Inc., William Bonofiglo and BEC Land Co., Inc. and the verified lawsuit papers filed upon their behalf, the Court issued a temporary restraining order to preserve and protect the confidentiality of the Mr. Taco intellectual property, which includes the recipes and spice mix formulas and other trade secrets used during the operation of the Mr. Taco restaurants in the Lansing area. Patrons of the Mr. Taco restaurants have enthusiastically expressed their interest in Mr. Taco’s reopening. In order to preserve and protect its ability to provide its customers with the same great-tasting food which it served for many years, Mr. Taco, Inc. and its related parties sought and obtained the temporary restraining order to prevent the unauthorized publication, sale and transfer of copies of its recipes, which have always belonged to the company and never belonged to any individual.
In 2014 and 2015, Mr. Taco’s attorneys requested Mrs. Sheryl Eytcheson, the widow of Mark Eytcheson who was one of the three shareholders in the company which Mr. Eugene Bonofiglo founded late in 1966, to return the copies of the recipes which she claimed to have and which she had expressed an interest in selling. Mr. and Mrs. Eytcheson relinquished their stock in BEC Land Co, Inc, the company which owns the recipes and all Mr. Taco assets, at the end of 2012, a little more than a year before Mr. Eytcheson passed away. However, Mrs. Eytcheson has refused to return the copies of the recipes which she claims to have.