Franchising is a win-win on paper, but the relationship between franchisors and franchisees is often fraught with conflict. Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLP (SFMS) has extensive experience representing both parties in franchise transactions and franchise disputes. We have represented clients in both individual lawsuits and class actions, providing plaintiff and defense counsel.
Our law firm can address franchising litigation in state and federal venues, as we have multiple offices around the United States and extensive experience in numerous federal court districts. Most typically, we represent franchisors who have been defrauded or sued by franchisees on various grounds, but we have also represented franchisees in breach of contract lawsuits and other claims.
Extensive Experience In Franchise Disputes
SFMS can address a wide range of franchise-related legal conflicts that may arise, such as:
- Misuse of trademarks and trade dress
- Franchise fee disputes
- Nondisclosure or misrepresentations
- Inadequate support (training, advertising)
- Oppressive rules and restrictions
- Required purchases of equipment or inventory
- Encroachment of other franchisees
- Competition from the franchisor
- Franchise termination or non-renewal
- Franchise transfers
Many disputes are amenable to mediation or arbitration, but if the relationship has become increasingly adversarial, you may need a lawyer with experience in franchisor and franchisee litigation. Contact our attorneys to discuss your legal situation. We have offices in California, Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.