Proxy battle looms for Applebee’s, Breeden

OVERLAND PARK Kan. The war of words between Applebee's International Inc. and its 5-percent stakeholder and disgruntled shareholder, Richard C. Breeden, continued late Thursday when Breeden officially put forth his nominees for Applebee's board of directors, which he said would provide "fresh thinking" and independence to the struggling restaurant company.

Dave Goebel, Applebee's chief executive, responded by reiterating the company's prior offers of two board

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