Franchising and Distribution

Yates Anderson’s Franchising and Distribution lawyers are experienced in guiding clients through the complex regulations and laws governing franchises, including those at the federal and state levels. Our comprehensive services include advising clients on developing new franchised companies, both traditional and digital, preparing franchise disclosure documents, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, negotiating contracts, and representing clients in dispute resolution, arbitration, trials, and appeals.

Our lawyers are well-versed in handling issues related to the relationship between franchisors and franchisees, including reviewing and negotiating documents such as franchise agreements, as well as handling dispute resolution and litigation related to breach of agreements, injunctive relief, trademark infringement, and third-party liability issues.

We maintain an active litigation practice, primarily representing franchisors in complex franchise cases, in federal and state courts, arbitrations, and regulatory proceedings. Our lawyers handle various issues such as contract disputes, intellectual property, unfair competition, and litigation related to relationship laws and disclosure statutes.

We assist clients in assessing whether franchising is the best distribution method for their products and services and advise them on the most efficient options, such as regional franchise brokers, sub-franchising, or area development agreements. Our lawyers also ensure that clients comply with the different state disclosure requirements and register their franchises where required.

In addition to franchising, we also represent non-franchised clients engaged in the distribution of various goods and services, negotiating and drafting distribution agreements, and handling litigation and alternative dispute resolution worldwide, such as dealer termination issues, breach of distributorship agreements, and unfair competition claims.

Our Franchising and Distribution lawyers have experience in representing clients on both the buy and sell sides of franchise acquisitions and divestitures.

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