Dennis D. Palmer - Polsinelli PC
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Dennis D. Palmer

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 816-753-1000

University of Missouri, ColumbiaBA 1967University of Missouri, Columbia School of LawBA 1970

Case History

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.  

Client Comments

"Dennis is very responsive, competent, and practical. He is very good at getting things done and questions answered on the client's time frame. He is also adept at handling litigation aggressively, while doing everything possible not to personally antagonize the other side or its lawyers, so as not to burn bridges for settlement purposes. I would hire him to handle any franchise dispute or "emergency/TRO" type employment or commercial litigation."

"I have known and worked with Dennis for about 35 years. For about the last 10 years, we have relied upon him as our primary, trusted adviser and problem solver for all litigation and general legal matters. Dennis consistently provides very practical, understandable, efficient, timely, and highly cost-effective counsel and services on the wide variety of issues which arise for our global business. We know that Dennis has a deep personal and professional commitment to the best interests of our company, as well as all his other clients. We are honored to most highly recommend him to all potential future clients. "

-Logan Wilson
Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs
Fike Corporation

Office Location

900 West 48th Place, Suite 900
Kansas City, MO 64112-1895
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Franchise Law of the Kansas City-MO Metro Area
Dennis D. Palmer has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Franchise Law (Litigation)