Franchise_Legal_Services

Franchise Legal Services

Anton Legal Expert LP

FRANCHISE TERMINATION / NON RENEWAL

Sometimes, 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 REVIEW

Are 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 CONTRACT

Franchises 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 & MISREPRESENTATION

Even 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

FRANCHISE BREACH OF CONTRACT

Franchises 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.


TERRITORIAL PROTECTION & FRANCHISE EXPANSION

With the increasing pressures from competitors, many franchisors try to increase the number of units that they have, often at the expense of existing franchisees. Frequently, clients come to us and complain that they have built up the brand's business in their territory over five, ten or more years and that now the franchisor or supplier is putting in new franchises in a way that is taking away the goodwill that they have built up. In other cases, franchisors try to keep franchisees from expanding, even though the franchisor had promised they could do so.

AUTOMOBILE, TRUCK, AND CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT FRANCHISE DEALERS

The economic crisis is bringing drastic changes to the motor vehicle industry. Brand elimination, dealer consolidation, manufacturer bankruptcies and dealer bankruptcies are already in process or are imminent.To date, more than ever, it is important that car dealers know their rights, both under their contracts, and under applicable laws. We can assist you in understanding your rights as we move forward during these troubling and uncertain times.

GROUP FRANCHISE REPRESENTATION

It is often the case that there is power in numbers. Frequently, groups of franchisees come to us to see if we can assist them with common problems that they are having. We encourage franchisees to work in groups because, if the problems are common, a common solution can frequently be achieved if the strength of their numbers is shown to the franchisor. Our franchise attorneys are comfortable dealing with informal groups as well as formal associations. A group can be formed for short-term purposes or a more formal organization can be formed for longer term purposes..

CHANGES IN SUPPLIER OF FRANCHISOR POLICY

Franchisors and suppliers sometimes put dealers and franchisees at a disadvantage through changes in policies. These may range from new and expensive requirements to upgrade or change facilities, requirements to install new equipment at unreasonably high costs, reductions in territories, or changes in terms of sale. The number of changes in policy are limitless and the types can vary endlessly.At Anton Legal Expert LP, we view a franchisor's change in policy that has a detrimental effect on the franchisee or dealer as a serious matter: it may amount to a breach of contract, a fraud, or simply bad business that ought to be corrected. We have had significant success in addressing these changes in policy through litigation, negotiation, mediation, and the organization of associations of franchisees or dealers to address them. In some cases, we have been able to roll back policies; in other cases we have succeeded in negotiating changes in the dealer's or franchisee's favor; and in other cases our franchise attorneys have obtained money damages. .


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