In a perfect world, franchisors and franchisees work together to maximize brand awareness for their mutual benefit, and everybody makes money. In reality, the close contractual relationship between the franchisor and its franchisees can give rise to serious disputes. We believe good lawyering involves finding thoughtful and proactive strategies to help our clients avoid conflicts before they become serious. When conflicts do arise, however, the need for top-level legal representation is never greater. Franchise law has its own idiosyncrasies and knowing them can make all the difference.
Many states have their own franchise dispute statutes that are designed to give franchisees more leverage to assert their claims. By way of example, most franchise agreements have a provision that predetermines in what state any dispute must be litigated (usually where the franchisor has its home office). Where a state franchise law applies, however, this provision may not be enforceable. Also, a state franchise law may allow the franchisee to assert claims that would otherwise not be available to it under common law. Knowing when and how these and other laws apply can mean the difference between winning and losing.
Whether you are a franchisor or a franchisee, we can provide you with the results-oriented representation you will need when serious franchise conflicts arise. Call us today at 215-525-1165 to schedule a consultation.