AREAS OF PRACTICE

Franchise and Distribution Dispute Resolution and Litigation

We assist our clients in avoiding legal disputes. However, when disputes do arise, our franchise and distribution litigation team is experienced in franchise and distribution litigation, and works closely with the franchise and distribution transactional attorneys to provide clients with representation backed by practical experience as a result of daily involvement with franchise and distribution issues. The attorneys in our Litigation Practice Group are devoted to aggressively representing clients involved in franchise and distribution litigation.

Greensfelder’s litigation attorneys have significant experience in helping clients around the country resolve disputes between franchisors/franchisees and suppliers/distributors. We routinely appear in state and federal courts throughout the United States, and strive to staff cases in a cost-effective and timely manner. Broad experience in mediating, arbitrating and litigating franchise, anti-trust, class actions and regulatory issues, when coupled with the hands-on experience of the Greensfelder’s Franchise and Distribution Group attorneys, provides our clients with a unique and balanced perspective when they face a dispute. In addition to litigating regulatory issues arising under state franchise, relationship or sales representative statutes, and dealing with federal and state administrative agencies, Greensfelder’s franchise and distribution litigators also litigate industry-specific laws such as state motor vehicle franchise practices statutes relating to vehicle retailers, the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act and state motor fuel marketing laws related to gasoline retailers, and similar industry-specific franchise and distribution practice laws and state consumer protection statutes relating to other franchise and distribution relationships.

Greensfelder’s attorneys are also experienced in handling related claims that often arise in franchise/distribution litigation, such as claims asserting monopolistic or anti-competitive conduct, breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, violations of the Uniform Commercial Code, or below-cost or discriminatory pricing. As such, we routinely represent a variety of clients who use franchise or distribution models to market products, such as gasoline, beverages, food and motor vehicles. Because a unique set of statutes and common law has developed to govern such business models, Greensfelder’s attorneys are also skilled in identifying whether a business relationship constitutes a “franchise,” “dealership” or “distributorship” in order to determine whether the relationship should be afforded special protections under the law.

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