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Pursuing Litigation in a Franchise Dispute?

Find Experienced Representation to Help You through the Process at Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLCWhile alternative franchise dispute resolution techniques are usually recommended or required when settling disputes between a franchisor and franchisee, litigation can become unavoidable or is the only possible solution.

Franchise Litigation

Our franchise attorneys are experiences in the litigation process and prepared to represent franchisors in all business-related disputes. Compared to other forms of dispute resolution, litigation presents an official and public decision that can be appealed as you and your attorney see fit. It is often a last resort when agreements cannot be reached through other means of dispute resolution.

Common reasons for franchise litigation include:

  • Contract disputes involving unpaid fees (for franchisor)
  • Franchise disclosure issues
  • Exclusivity provisions
  • Agreement termination or renewal
  • Fraud claims
  • Trademark infringement
  • State law franchise claims

Litigation for Franchisors

As a franchisor, reasons for litigation can include enforcing the obligations of a franchisee including payment of fees or post termination obligations, like proper de-identification of the franchise unit at termination.

Enforcing obligations of franchisees can relate to royalty payments, intellectual property protection, non-compete agreements, or general compliance. If you are currently experiencing franchisee non-compliance in one of these or another area, litigation may be used to ensure your original franchise agreements are followed.

Legal Defense for Franchisors

On the other side of litigation, franchisors may need defense against claims brought on by a franchisee, franchisee association, or other service provider or vendor. This can relate to contractual issues or issues with the sale or performance of your franchise. Disputes may also involve claims brought on by suppliers, vendors, landlords, or store employees.

Whether a franchisee is not in compliance with original contracts and agreements or a franchisee is bringing a claim against you, the experienced attorneys at Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC are ready and willing to help you through the franchise litigation process.

Where to Start With Franchise Litigation

Not sure where to start? The franchise attorneys at Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC can review your case and will provide legal guidance related to litigation or other methods of dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation, or arbitration.

If you have any questions regarding the best course of action, request a franchise consultation with one of our attorneys.