The Briggs and Morgan Trade Regulation Section advises and represents local and national business clients on a variety of antitrust, franchise and dealer/distribution/sales representative issues. In addition to representing clients in litigation and arbitration, our attorneys counsel clients on avoiding pitfalls in the maze of state and federal statutory and regulatory requirements.
Briggs has handled major civil antitrust litigation as well as advised and represented clients in Hart-Scott-Rodino Act compliance efforts and merger inquiries by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice. We also provide representation for antitrust investigation at both the state and federal level.
Our attorneys successfully counsel both franchisors and franchisees and provide strong defense, wherever necessary. We’ve represented several major franchisors in litigation with franchisees or former franchisees frequently involving issues of compliance with state franchise laws along with allegations of fraud, breach of contract, and violations of unfair competition and trade secret laws.
Briggs attorneys have an extensive depth of experience and practice in representing manufacturers in disputes with dealers, distributors and sales representatives. Similarly, we have counseled clients on a wide variety of dealer and sales representative statutes throughout the United States.
Briggs and Morgan trade regulation attorneys practice in a broad range of antitrust, distribution, franchise and regulated industry matters. Section members include the chair of the Federal Practice Committee for the District of Minnesota, an adjunct franchise law professor for a local university, an FTC lawyer and the former chief of the antitrust division of the Minnesota attorney general's office.