One of the primary means of marketing goods and services has been through franchise agreements, distributorships and dealer networks. Businesses and their legal counsel need to be familiar with the specialized contract provisions and the statutory and regulatory rules that govern franchises and similar relationships.
Our attorneys focusing on franchise and distribution relations assist our clients in achieving their business objectives through cost-effective legal services with favorable outcomes.
We also know that dealing with a serious litigation matter might be distracting for our clients and the important work they do. That is why we work to find business solutions to disputes whenever possible. But when this is not possible, we have significant experience in reaching successful and cost-effective legal resolutions. Whether your dispute centers on the franchisor-franchisee relationship or the manufacturer-distributor relationship, you can count on us to provide valuable insight and vigorous representation.
Phillips Lytle’s Litigation Team includes experienced litigators who represent franchisors, distributors and manufacturers in wide-ranging litigation in state and federal courts across the country, as well as in arbitration proceedings, mediations and administrative proceedings.
Our litigation and transactional attorneys work together to counsel clients on franchise agreement matters and strategic planning, allowing them to address and contain matters before the onset of litigation. We have extensive experience with all areas of franchise and distribution relations litigation and dispute resolution, representing both franchisor and franchisee, and distributor and distributee.
In addition, franchise and distribution relationships can raise issues of antitrust, securities, intellectual property and common law principles relating to breach of contract, fraud, and business torts. Our attorneys are experienced in all of these areas.
We also successfully represent clients in complex commercial litigation matters, including class actions, consolidated and multi-party lawsuits. These disputes include terminations of franchise agreements and distribution agreements, breach of contract, breach of duty, unfair competition, encroachment, non-solicitation, and non-competition issues. These disputes may also include bankruptcy issues relating to liquidations, and reorganizations of a franchise relationship, critical vendors and suppliers, distributors, and licensors. Other disputes that we successfully address include government investigations, regulatory oversight, workplace fraud, and labor and employment issues.
Our Corporate and Business Law Practice Team offers extensive representation in unique aspects of franchising and franchise law. The attorneys at Phillips Lytle have extensive experience encompassing the franchising of existing businesses, selling franchises and relationship management with franchisees.
We counsel and assist clients on a host of franchise law and business issues which are commonly faced across a number of industries where franchising is common. Clients can also rely on the Phillips Lytle franchise and distribution relations team to offer guidance, counseling and assistance with regulatory compliance.