Robinson+Cole’s distributorship and franchise lawyers work with our clients to help them manage the complex issues regarding negotiations and obligations, as well as litigation or prelitigation dispute resolution, involving distributorships and franchises. Along with our far-reaching capability and experience in these matters, we employ a collaborative approach to deliver the appropriate level of service needed in each client’s situation.
We represent companies in distributorship and franchise relationships, and those considering entering into such relationships, in their analysis of the requirements and obligations of manufacturers and distributors, as well as franchisors and franchisees. Among our principal services are the following:
Our franchise and distributorship lawyers work in partnership with other lawyers in the firm to provide all-inclusive advice and guidance from the inception of a project to its conclusion:
Obtained decisive victory in federal court in Massachusetts for an international manufacturer in defending multiple claims by a local distributor (C.N. Wood Company, Inc. v. Labrie Environmental Group; Docket No.1:12-cv-11778).
Represented regional distributor (northeastern U.S.) in connection with multimillion-dollar claims against a foreign manufacturer in federal court in Connecticut.
Represented foreign manufacturer with regard to both litigation claims in the United States and advice regarding revising and improving distributorship agreement documents for U.S. distributors along with compliance issues.
Represented fast-growing foreign restaurant franchisor in litigation and arbitration in Boston, Massachusetts, with regard to franchise dispute claims and ownership and investment disputes with business partners.