Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm has strong experience in cases with system-wide impact that can threaten the continued viability of a brand. Most often, these cases involve contract or fraud issues on steroids – i.e. the same claim or controversy may affect the entire system or to substantial numbers of franchisees or dealers in particular markets. These cases may arise in numerous ways, usually stemming from change that may be sought or unsought, and which can create opportunity, anxiety, risk, and increased costs – all at once.
Some of our case highlights:
Some other system-wide disputes in which we have advised our clients include brand decline and damage, attempts by franchisees to “collectively bargain” the franchise agreement, national and regional advertising issues, market withdrawals, mergers between competitors, sales of the franchise system, system-wide challenges to the enforceability of non-competes, and threats to the business model from consumer or public interest organizations or governmental regulators.
System-wide issues require the very best franchise lawyers. If you are facing a system-wide issue either urgently or on the horizon we invite you to contact us.