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When the U.S. Supreme Court decides a narrow issue of law, we can only speculate how the decision will be interpreted by lower courts. A Supreme Court decision interpreting one federal statute should only be persuasive precedent for the interpretation of a state statute, for example. But when the decision is well reasoned, the decision by analogy may be most persuasive. Such was the case in Bell v. Bimbo Foods Bakeries Distribution , 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90987 (N.D. IL 2012), creating a bright-line test for constructive termination of franchises.

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