A federal judge previously denied temporary injunctive relief for workers who claimed to have faced backlash from Starbucks after engaging in union activity, but the court last week held that the multinational coffee chain was not entitled to attorney fees because the plaintiffs’ claims were not frivolous.

In April 2022, the plaintiff, Cornele A. Overstreet, the regional director of the 28th Region of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), for and on behalf of the NLRB, filed a petition for a temporary injunction under Section 10(j) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), seeking injunctive relief against Starbucks Corp. Judge John J. Tuchi denied that request June 8, according to the order filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona on Jan. 27.