International Automotive Corporation, et a. v. NTW, Inc. et al., U.S. District court for th Distric of Columbia, Case no. 89-1944 — Successfully represented a large franchisor and related companies involved in franchising tire and automotive products and services in defense of claims by a large group of franchisees for conpiracy to breach franchise agreement, fraud and violation of the Robinson Patman Act and other antitrust laws seeking damages of multiple millions of dollars. The case was filed for the purpose of inducing the franchisor to reduce the amount of its royalty fees and other fees charged to franchisees and the costs of its productsthat it charged to franchisees. The franchisees moved for preliminary injunction to prohibit NTW and other defendants from charging allegedly discriminatory prices and engaging in other conduct. After extensive discovery on the issues involved in the preliminary injunction motion and a lengthy hearing on the preliminay injunction hearing, the court denied the franchisees'' motion for preliminary injunctive relief. There after the parties participated in court ordered mediation at which the case was resolved on terms favorable to the franchisor including the franchisees renewing their franchise agreements and paying an increased royalty fee. The case was important to the continued viability and growth of the franchisor''s franchise system. An adverse ruling for the franchise had the potential of not only imposing significant money damages on it but of also having to revamp its terms of operating its franchise system and perhaps losing existing franchisees through termination and losing the opportunity to attract other franchisees in the future.