Craig Schauer is a trusted litigator who advises and advocates for clients. He has been fortunate to counsel clients through a wide variety of disputes and legal problems, ranging from business disagreements, to regulatory battles, to constitutional lawsuits. Craig has represented businesses of all sizes—from small partnerships to Fortune 100 corporations—in state and federal courts, arbitration proceedings, and various regulatory agencies with disputes regarding contractual relat...
A partner at Manning, Fulton & Skinner, P.A., Ritchie W. Taylor focuses his practice on corporate law, with a particular emphasis on franchising. From the firm's offices in Raleigh, North Carolina, he represents companies and individuals throughout the area, including Chapel Hill, Durham, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Asheville, Charlotte, Wilmington, and other parts of the state. In his practice, Mr. Taylor provides advice and counsel on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, debt and eq...
Judson A. Welborn, a member of Manning Fulton's litigation section, concentrates his practice in the areas of real property litigation, construction litigation and business litigation. He has extensive experience representing clients in the state and federal courts of North Carolina, as well as administrative agencies and arbitration forums, in a variety of litigation matters involving real property and title insurance disputes, construction disputes, franchise, taxation and other business di...
Franchise Law Definition
Franchise law is governed by many different rules and regulatory bodies and is a combination of common, statutory and regulatory law. In simple terms, these laws are a combination of both federal and state rules that govern the registration of franchises, the relationship between franchisors and franchisees, as well as the offer and sale of franchises. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) oversees all aspects of Franchise Law on a federal basis.
Franchise attorneys provide legal resolutions to business transactions and disputes that often includes breach, contracts, copyright, employment, misrepresentation, securities, structuring, operating agreements, real estate, trademarks and transactions.
As a heavily regulated industry, franchising, at the federal level, requires franchisees to have Franchise Disclosure Documents (FFDs). At a state level, Franchise Law is contingent on state regulations which may impact the pre-sell process and franchise agreements, alter the information needed in the FFD and offer varying protections to franchisees.
Franchise lawyers help franchisees navigate legal landscapes that affects their ability to and operate their businesses effectively. Franchisees can seek assistance with protection of exclusive territories and encroachment, breaches of contract claims, unfair and deceptive trade practices by the franchisor, negligence and/or fraud by the franchisor, tortuous interference with the business relationship and insurance litigation and disputes, including business interruption and other loss of income and damages.
When disputes arise, franchise attorneys can be aggressive and strategic courtroom trial advocates through litigation, arbitration and mediation. Franchise lawyers, with a specialty as Commercial Litigation Trial Lawyers, can level the playing field against franchisors in business disputes, providing a valuable key to the courthouse when absolutely necessary.
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