Franchise & Distribution Litigation

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Our lawyers are nationally recognized for our representation of franchisors in disputes and litigation proceedings. We have over 30 years of experience representing leading companies in structuring relationships to avoid franchise disputes and successfully litigating when disputes arise. Our team of trial lawyers that has litigated franchise and distribution matters in all 50 states, as well as at the Federal level. We serve as litigation counsel to some of the world’s leading franchisors, including American Honda, The Coca-Cola Company, General Motors, JCB, Inc., MillerCoors LLC, Porsche and Wendy’s.

Clients facing a dispute with their franchisees or distributors benefit from King & Spalding’s hands-on experience creating nationwide and global franchise and distribution networks. Comprehensive knowledge of how to structure relationships enables our lawyers to confidently advise clients on successfully defending or restructuring those same structures. We regularly negotiate such sensitive relation issues as advertising funds, purchasing requirements and system expansion. As a result, we understand and anticipate structural problems and how to resolve litigation issues.

Should a company’s franchisees threaten its intellectual property through infringement, unfair competition or misappropriation of trade secrets, clients draw on the knowledge of the firm’s intellectual property lawyers. Clients also benefit from access to one of the nation’s leading class action practices, which has managed to satisfactory conclusion nationwide and multijurisdictional class actions both in court and through the settlement process.