Franchising is a specialized method for the distribution of goods and services that is widely regulated by state and federal law. Franchises can be a lucrative investment opportunity for entrepreneurs, as well as larger businesses. If properly run, a franchise system can greatly expand the reach, exposure and revenue of any business. Yet various unique state and federal laws impose disclosure and registration requirements, as well as terminations―a headache for anyone looking to enter the franchise world.
Briggs and Morgan is nationally recognized for its full-service representation and counseling of franchisors and franchisees in registration and disclosure requirements, as well as disputes, litigation and arbitration proceedings. We have handled franchise disputes across the country for numerous clients, primarily representing franchisors and manufacturers. In addition, our firm serves as franchise counsel to several national and international franchisors, as well as regional franchisors.
Our franchise attorneys are skilled in evaluating franchise agreements and uniform franchise offering circulars. To protect franchisor clients from potential legal issues down the road, we offer critical counseling and legal advice in drafting appropriate language for agreement provisions and the offering circular.
Briggs has a team of franchise litigators comprised of shareholders and associates who have extensive experience in franchise and dealer litigation on a wide variety of legal issues involving earnings claims, fraudulent disclosures, wrongful termination, non-compete provisions, required product purchases, arbitration clauses, failure to provide services, national advertising funds, franchise trademark, non-renewal and fraud. We have also handled numerous franchise arbitrations, taking many matters successfully through final hearings on the merits.