Lane Powell provides advice on all aspects of franchising with a practical approach that takes into account the legal and commercial realities of franchise arrangements. Lane Powell’s franchising attorneys provide a full range of services, including:
• Drafting franchise agreements
• Advising clients on rights and obligations as franchisor and franchisee
• Counseling franchisors on managing troubled franchisees
• Enforcement of terms of franchise agreements
• Suitability of franchising for a particular business
• Regulatory aspects of franchising
Lane Powell attorneys advise franchisors on setting up, developing and expanding franchise operations. They prepare franchise offering circulars and represent clients in the registration of franchises. They also handle state filings when required, and work on the annual updates to the franchise agreements and state filings as appropriate. The Firm’s experience in distribution and franchising matters also includes cross-border aspects of distribution and franchise transactions.
Lane Powell’s sophisticated communications network between offices and independent associations, and with quality law firms throughout the United States and internationally, allows the Firm’s attorneys to service clients on distribution and franchising matters in the United States and overseas. If the needs of a franchisor involve tax, intellectual property, employment, real estate or product liability, the Firm can readily make those practice areas available.
Lane Powell represents clients in all aspects of disputes related to franchising, including:
• Franchise terminations
• Franchise rescissions
• Good-faith and fair-dealing claims
Lane Powell attorneys can counsel franchisors regarding every type of franchise dispute, from simple termination arbitrations to large, complex, multi-plaintiff franchise disputes. Such disputes could involve trials and appeals in state and federal courts; federal, state and self-regulatory administrative proceedings; and arbitrations and mediations under alternative dispute resolution procedures – all forums where Lane Powell is well prepared to represent its clients.
If litigation is necessary, Lane Powell emphasizes a team approach to address and resolve each client’s problems by drawing on the specialized knowledge of the attorneys best qualified to handle them.
- Brader v. Minute Muffler , 81 Wn. App. 532 (1996) (Represent franchisee in franchise dispute under Washington Franchise Investment Protection Act; partial summary judgment and two week bench trial on damages)
- Blanton v. Texaco , 914 F. 2d 188 (9th Cir. 1990) (Represent putative franchisor in franchise dispute under Washington Franchise Investment Protection Act; summary judgment)
- Texaco Refining and Marketing Inc. v. Davis , 835 F Supp 1223 (D Or 1993), affirmed, 45 F3rd 437 (9th Cir 1994), cert denied __ US __, 115 S Ct 2000 (1995), (Co-Counsel for plaintiff Texaco in establishing company’s right to terminate franchisee for failure to observe agreed hours of operation, notwithstanding franchisee’s claim to exception based on religious belief)