(CBS/AP) — A Delaware judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Chicago-based McDonald’s against former CEO Stephen Easterbrook. McDonald’s ousted Easterbrook in 2019 after he admitted having an inappropriate relationship with an employee.

The company later filed a lawsuit seeking to reclaim millions of dollars in compensation and alleging that he covered up sexual relationships with three other employees.

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The judge rejected Easterbrook’s assertion that any disputes over his compensation, including severance compensation, would be litigated in Illinois.

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Easterbrook also argued unsuccessfully that the claims against him in the lawsuit were barred by the terms of the separation agreement.

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