Practice/Industry Group Overview
Manufacturers often depend on a network of distributors to ensure that their product gets sold, and many successful service providers are able to expand through franchising out their operations.
However, franchising and distributorships can bring their own unique set of problems when the relationship between franchisor and franchisee or manufacturer and distributor begins to break down. Burr & Forman attorneys have litigated all types of franchise and distributorship disputes, whether involving car dealers, gas stations, or telephone systems and other office equipment.
Local counsel for truck manufacturer in defense of dealer termination claim in federal court. Defense jury verdict.
Lead counsel for cargo trailer manufacturer in defense of dealer suit for alleged unfair changes in territory and unfair competition through big box stores. Settled.
Local counsel in defense of auto manufacturer in dealer suits over claims of fraud and illegal preferential treatment in allocation of vehicles. Favorable settlement.
Intellectual Property and Trademark
Represented nationwide vision care franchisor as local counsel in pursuit of intellectual property and trademark claims against former franchise owner for infringement, breach of contract, etc. Monetary award obtained.
Wrongful Termination of Franchise
Retained and successfully represented franchisee in wrongful termination of franchise litigation involving breach of contract and fraud claims.