FRANCHISE TERMINATION / NON RENEWALSometimes, franchisors or suppliers attempt to terminate the relationship with their franchisee or dealer, even though the franchisee or dealer has done a good job. Under the prevailing contractual and statutory law of many states, a franchisor/supplier cannot terminate a dealer or franchisee without good cause-meaning that as long as the franchisee does the job, he keeps the line. Franchisors and suppliers sometimes attempt to achieve the same result as termination through a refusal to renew the franchise or dealer agreement at the end of its term. Many statutes prevent the franchisor from doing so and allow the franchisee or dealer to continue in business so long as the franchisee is capably performing. Anton Legal Expert LP has been able to obtain compensation for dealers and franchisees whose suppliers or franchisors have refused to renew them without good cause and has been able to obtain court orders preventing such non-renewals and keeping the businesses alive.
BUYING A FRANCHISE / AGREEMENT REVIEWAre you thinking about purchasing a franchise? Is your existing franchised business up for renewal? If so, let Anton Legal Expert LP help you through the process. At Anton Legal Expert LP, we utilize our extensive experience in working with franchisees to help you understand the Franchise Disclosure Document and the Franchise Agreement and we help you find potential trouble spots in your agreement before you commit. Our franchise review includes a detailed report outlining the key terms of your franchise agreement and Franchise Disclosure Document and a follow-up telephone consultation to cover any remaining concerns. The detailed report includes an examination of key areas such as: Protection Against Same-Brand Competition; | Termination and Renewal Rights; | The Franchisor's Obligations; | Your Obligations; | Dispute Resolution Procedures; | Sale and Transfer Restrictions; | Non-Competition Provisions; | and Other Applicable Franchise Laws
We also assist you by suggesting changes to the agreement as written and can help you negotiate changes with your franchisor. By allowing us to assist you before making the long-term commitment of becoming a franchisee or renewing your existing franchise agreement, we can attempt to help you save time and money by avoiding common issues found in franchise agreements before they become problems. The cost for this review is a flat fee of $1,500.
FRANCHISE BREACH OF CONTRACTFranchises frequently come to us to complain that the franchisors or suppliers are not doing what they said they would do at the outset of their agreements. Sometimes this is a result of slacking off; sometimes it is the result of a change in management; sometimes the reasons are not apparent. When a franchisor fails to perform its obligations to a franchisee, it is important that the franchisee seek legal assistance so that it does not forfeit any of its rights in the meantime. Our franchise attorneys have had good success in making sure that franchisors deliver what they promise or in obtaining compensation for franchisees when franchisors do not perform.
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FRANCHISE FRAUD & MISREPRESENTATIONEven in this day and age, it is not unusual for franchisors and suppliers to mislead their franchisees. We have won substantial verdicts and achieved large settlements for franchisees and dealers who bought their businesses on the basis of misrepresentations or who were not told the whole truth when they were signed up.
Examples: Fraudulently Induced Into a Franchise, Franchisor Misrepresentation of Franchise, Fraud for Merger and Integration, Franchisor Mislead Franchisee