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  • Location:
    New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Franchise Law Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Southfield, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Franchise Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Leisure and Hospitality Law Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Okemos, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Franchise Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Franchise Law Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Securities Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Advertising Law Franchise Law Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Insurance Law Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Trademark Law Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Franchise Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Antitrust Bet-the-Company Litigation Franchise Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Communications Law First Amendment Law Copyright Law Litigation - First Amendment Advertising Law Franchise Law Media Law Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Theater Privacy and Data Security Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Patent Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Franchise Law Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Tax Law Trusts and Estates Litigation - Trusts and Estates Real Estate Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax Nonprofit / Charities Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Nonprofit / Charities Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Litigation - Real Estate Corporate Governance Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Project Finance Law Corporate Law Commercial Finance Law Securitization and Structured Finance Law Real Estate Law Corporate Compliance Law Commercial Litigation Municipal Law Equipment Finance Law Litigation - Municipal Financial Services Regulation Law Franchise Law Banking and Finance Law Litigation - Banking and Finance
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Financial Services Regulation Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Arbitration Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Mediation Administrative / Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina Durham, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Franchise Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Governance Law Corporate Compliance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Franchise Law Banking and Finance Law Project Finance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Real Estate Law Financial Services Regulation Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law

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Practice Area Definition

Franchise Law Definition

Franchise law is a complex combination of common law, statutory law, and regulatory law. The wide breadth of issues that arise in franchising has led to the emergence of franchise law as a distinct specialty, but it also draws from numerous practice areas including contracts, securities, trademarks and copyright, advertising, fraud and misrepresentation, antitrust, employment, and dispute resolution. Franchise attorneys generally are divided between regulatory compliance and counseling on the one hand, and dispute resolution on the other.

Regulatory Compliance and Counseling

Federal Presale Disclosure. Franchising is a heavily regulated industry. At the federal level, the FTC Franchise Rule requires franchisors to provide prospective franchisees with a detailed prospectus (Franchise Disclosure Document (“FDD”)) that contains information about the franchisor, the franchise system, the franchisor’s financial statements, and required agreements. Franchisors cannot make “financial performance representations” about the success of their franchisees unless the franchisor has substantiation and the information is included in the FDD. FDDs must be updated annually or more often if there are material changes to the FDD disclosures.

State Franchise Laws. Fifteen states have enacted laws that regulate pre-sale disclosure and registration. Some of the laws have disclosure requirements that vary from the FTC Franchise Rule, so the FDD may contain state-specific addenda or multiple FDDs may be necessary. These states require FDDs to become registered with a state agency before the franchisor is permitted to offer or sell franchises in the state. In addition, many states have passed laws that are designed to protect franchisees from what is perceived to be their inferior bargaining position compared to franchisors. These laws restrict the right of franchisors to terminate franchise agreements, disapprove transfers of franchises, discriminate between franchisees, require disputes to be resolved out of state, and similar limitations.

Counseling. Franchise attorneys must know the businesses and industries of their clients. They should be able to assist franchisors with franchise sales law compliance, negotiation of franchise agreements and supply arrangements, franchise agreement enforcement, system changes, franchisee renewals, franchisee terminations, franchisee transfers, pricing issues, and international franchising.

Dispute Resolution

Franchise agreements are typically long-term relationships. It is not unusual for franchisors and franchisees to have disputes that result in mediation, arbitration, and litigation. These disputes often stem from franchisees who are unprofitable or less profitable than expected, or franchisees may disagree with decisions made by the franchisor. Disputes also may result when a franchisor is unhappy with the way in which a franchisee is operating the franchise or when a franchisee refuses to pay royalties. Franchise disputes frequently involve allegations such as:

  • Fraud and misrepresentation
  • Breach of contract
  • Overcharging for supplies
  • Termination or non-renewal disputes
  • Violation of brand standards
  • Franchisee discrimination
  • Territory or encroachment issues
  • Transfer issues
  • Pricing and antitrust issues
  • Vicarious liability issues
  • Post-termination noncompetition covenants

Franchise law is a complex combination of common law, statutory law, and regulatory law. The wide breadth of issues that arise in franchising has led to the emergence of franchise law as a distinct specialty, but it also draws from numerous practice areas including contracts, securities, trademarks and copyright, advertising, fraud and misrepresentation, antitrust, employment, and dispute resolution. Franchise attorneys generally are divided between regulatory compliance and counseling on the one hand, and dispute resolution on the other.

Regulatory Compliance and Counseling

Federal Presale Disclosure. Franchising is a heavily regulated industry. At the federal level, the FTC Franchise Rule requires franchisors to provide prospective franchisees with a detailed prospectus (Franchise Disclosure Document (“FDD”)) that contains information about the franchisor, the franchise system, the franchisor’s financial statements, and required agreements. Franchisors cannot make “financial performance representations” about the success of their franchisees unless the franchisor has substantiation and the information is included in the FDD. FDDs must be updated annually or more often if there are material changes to the FDD disclosures.

State Franchise Laws. Fifteen states have enacted laws that regulate pre-sale disclosure and registration. Some of the laws have disclosure requirements that vary from the FTC Franchise Rule, so the FDD may contain state-specific addenda or multiple FDDs may be necessary. These states require FDDs to become registered with a state agency before the franchisor is permitted to offer or sell franchises in the state. In addition, many states have passed laws that are designed to protect franchisees from what is perceived to be their inferior bargaining position compared to franchisors. These laws restrict the right of franchisors to terminate franchise agreements, disapprove transfers of franchises, discriminate between franchisees, require disputes to be resolved out of state, and similar limitations.

Counseling. Franchise attorneys must know the businesses and industries of their clients. They should be able to assist franchisors with franchise sales law compliance, negotiation of franchise agreements and supply arrangements, franchise agreement enforcement, system changes, franchisee renewals, franchisee terminations, franchisee transfers, pricing issues, and international franchising.

Dispute Resolution

Franchise agreements are typically long-term relationships. It is not unusual for franchisors and franchisees to have disputes that result in mediation, arbitration, and litigation. These disputes often stem from franchisees who are unprofitable or less profitable than expected, or franchisees may disagree with decisions made by the franchisor. Disputes also may result when a franchisor is unhappy with the way in which a franchisee is operating the franchise or when a franchisee refuses to pay royalties. Franchise disputes frequently involve allegations such as:

  • Fraud and misrepresentation
  • Breach of contract
  • Overcharging for supplies
  • Termination or non-renewal disputes
  • Violation of brand standards
  • Franchisee discrimination
  • Territory or encroachment issues
  • Transfer issues
  • Pricing and antitrust issues
  • Vicarious liability issues
  • Post-termination noncompetition covenants