UPS Must Face Trial in Fight With Its 'Mom & Pop' Franchisees - Smart Money A decision by the California Appellate Court here Friday (May 23) reversed the 2007 decision by a Los Angeles Superior Court that had granted motions by United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) and Mail Boxes Etc., Inc. (MBE) for summary judgments against its franchisees. "The Court of Appeals gave us a total victory. The court reversed every single claim that UPS/MBE made, and awarded costs on appeal to the plaintiffs. This is a complete repudiation of UPS' and MBE's position and was the last major hurdle for us," stated Howard Spanier. "Now UPS must face a public trial, where UPS and MBE will be forced to explain their anti-franchisee actions in front of a jury. We can't wait to finally have our day in court," he added.