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Franchise Litigation

Our experienced and highly skilled attorneys represent both franchisors and franchisees in any type of franchise litigation. Joel D. Rosen has practiced franchise law for more than 27 years, serving as senior corporate counsel to AAMCO Transmissions (900 franchisees) and NutriSystem (1,800 franchises in 6 countries). Richard C. Sokorai and James B. Shrimp have more than 20 years of combined litigation experience, including having served as litigation counsel in many franchise disputes. Together, they provide sophisticated representation to businesses and individuals throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Providing Effective Representation for Complex Franchise Disputes

Disputes between franchisors and franchisees often occur in the following areas:

  • Financial Disclosure Document (FDD)/UFOC compliance issues
  • Franchise agreement disputes
  • Franchise termination disputes
  • Territory disputes

Franchise litigation is often extremely complex, involving unique legal issues in multiple areas of the law. Our business and franchise law attorneys are fully prepared to protect your interests in a franchise dispute, whether it involves contract law (breach of contract claims), intellectual property (trademark and copyright infringement) or tort law (fraud/misrepresentation).

Franchise Agreement and Contract Disputes

Franchise agreement disputes typically involve one or more of the following issues:

  • Breach of contract/licensing agreement
  • Fraud/disclosure issues
  • Enforcement of arbitration clauses
  • Restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements
  • Agreement termination and renewal
  • Breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing

Our franchise law attorneys draft, negotiate and review franchise agreements in an attempt to help franchisors and franchisees avoid legal disputes. However, in the event a legal dispute proves inevitable, we provide strategic and cost-effective representation that protects our client’s business interests.

Franchise Termination Disputes

In a typical franchise termination dispute, a franchisor takes legal action to enforce a covenant not to compete against a non-compliant franchisee. However, a franchisee may also file suit against the franchisor in an attempt to protect their operations.

No matter the situation, we provide dedicated advocacy to franchisors that would like to avoid or prepare for termination disputes, as well as franchisors currently facing legal disputes after a business closing. We also represent franchisors seeking to enforce their contractual rights in the wake of a franchise closure.

Our Franchise Litigation attorneys include: