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Attorneys in a multifaceted battle for control of Papa John’s are set to square off in a Wilmington courtroom Thursday afternoon, as company founder and former CEO John Schnatter tries to maintain a books-and-records case seeking records related to his ouster from the pizza chain.

However, those efforts could be complicated by Schnatter’s decision in August to lodge a separate derivative suit in the Delaware Court of Chancery accusing the Papa John’s directors of breaching their duties to shareholders in the wake of Schnatter’s exit as company chairman, which followed reports that he had used a racial slur during a company training session in May.

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Tom McParland

Tom McParland of New York Law Journal can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @TMcParlandALM.

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