The business of distribution and franchising represents a significant part of the U.S. economy. While the products and services provided through large-scale distribution networks and franchise systems are diverse, a core set of legal issues applies to all. Bingham offers distributors and franchisors the counseling, litigation and dispute resolution advice they need as they establish and grow operations; expand internationally; or merge, reduce, restructure or eliminate networks or systems. With decades of experience behind them, our distribution and franchise lawyers help clients navigate the state and federal regulatory minefields that underlie the management of national and international distribution channels and franchise networks.
When litigation or arbitration becomes necessary, we bring the skill and experience of a large, nationally recognized practice to the table. While litigation is generally seen as costly, unpredictable and inefficient — contrary to profitable and efficient business operations — we have always prided ourselves on cost-effective litigation and dispute resolution efforts, through efficient staffing of lawyers with industry and client-specific knowledge. Over the last 30 years, Bingham lawyers have compiled an extraordinary track record litigating and arbitrating hundreds of cases in industries that deliver goods and services as varied as appliances, fast food, apparel, financial services, petroleum, motor vehicles, heavy equipment, furniture, office equipment and alcoholic beverages.
We have obtained numerous dismissals, summary judgments, trial verdicts and appellate decisions in favor of our clients. We have been retained as national and regional franchise counsel for a number of leading U.S. manufacturers and importers. We have regularly represented clients in class actions arising under both state and federal antitrust laws and other unfair trade practice and competition laws. In addition, we have been deeply involved in the state legislative arena, both assessing and influencing existing and proposed state legislation in these industries.
Bingham’s areas of experience cover the broad scope of legal issues and challenges that distributors and franchisors face as they establish, operate and grow their businesses. Our team consists of lawyers who focus on a variety of related disciplines that intersect with traditional distribution and franchising issues.
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