Cozen O’Connor’s litigators represent franchisors in major disputes. We advise and advocate for clients in franchise litigation, arbitrations, and mediations that involve all aspects of the franchisor-franchisee relationship. We represent franchise clients in federal courts across the country and in court-ordered, contractual, and voluntary arbitrations and mediations. Depending on the franchise agreement, alternative dispute resolution forums may include AAA, JAMS, or FranArb.
As a top business litigation firm, Cozen O’Connor is well positioned to handle the full array of litigation strategies and contract issues that underlie a significant portion of franchise disputes. From product displays to staffing requirements to accounting procedures, almost every aspect of a franchise operation is stipulated in the contract. Our attorneys routinely analyze sophisticated franchise agreements and develop persuasive strategies to promote the interests of our clients. Our business litigators work in collaboration with the firm’s intellectual property attorneys, who often assist with franchise disputes involving misuse or misappropriation of trademarks, copyrights, trade dress, or trade secrets.
Our franchisor clients benefit from Cozen O’Connor’s deep trial experience, as this is an area of law where it pays to be proactive. Franchisors must often enforce the terms of their agreements to maintain their brand’s value. While Cozen O’Connor is known for its ability to resolve potential conflicts at the early stages, our attorneys are accomplished trial lawyers who can readily try cases that do not settle.
Represent franchisors in breach of contract claims, including those of nonpayment of royalty, advertising, and/or marketing fees and refusal to abide system standards
Lead intellectual property litigation, particularly if a terminated franchisee continues to use a franchisor’s trademarks, service marks, and/or trade dress
Defend franchisors in disputes over disclosures made before a franchise agreement is executed concerning actual or potential sales, initial investment or operating costs, income, or profit from franchised or non-franchised units
Defend franchisors in disputes over encroachment, the sale of franchise goods in a non-branded outlet, and online operations, including allegations of a breach of the covenant of good faith
Advocate for franchisors’ ability to make unilateral modification of the franchise business system and to terminate or nonrenew contracts with select franchisees