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Franchising & Distribution

Practices

Franchising & Distribution

Representative Experience

  • Preparation of franchise agreements and disclosure documents and management of franchise registration and exemption filings for clients, including experience in the following lines of business or industries:
    • Tire and automotive accessories retail outlets
    • Travel services
    • Snack food distribution
    • Child care centers
    • Industrial chemicals
    • Restaurants
    • Convenience stores
  • Preparation and review of distribution and agency agreements for sales both inside and outside the U.S.
  • Counseling on franchise and distributor terminations and realignments
  • Counseling businesses on antitrust compliance to lower potential liability risks
  • Acquisitions and sales of franchise businesses
  • Responding to inquiries and investigations by state agencies

We also have experience representing franchisors and suppliers in litigation and arbitration. Representative services include:

  • Representation of a manufacturer of material handling equipment in actions by dealers under New Jersey Franchise Practices Act, Illinois Franchise Disclosure Act, Tennessee equipment dealers statute and other state laws.
  • Representation of a manufacturer of high-pressure laminates in action alleging wrongful termination of distributorship under Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law.
  • Representation of a franchisor of automotive retail outlets in case alleging fraud and violation of the Ohio Deceptive Practices Act.
  • Representation of a food equipment manufacturer in action alleging refusal to deal in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act.
  • Representation of a manufacturer of engine additives for alleged violations of the California franchise relations act.
  • Representation of a manufacturer of restaurant equipment in action by a sales agent alleging wrongful termination under Florida law.
  • Representation of a manufacturer of pumps against claims arising from termination of a distributor under the Arizona Equipment Dealer Act.
  • Representation of a franchisor of industrial chemical distribution services in case against a franchisee for trade secret misappropriation and related claims.
  • Representation of a franchisor in a non-competition dispute with a franchisee in Georgia.
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