Franchise Disputes

Sussman Shank has represented franchisors in numerous lawsuits and arbitrations in disputes with franchisees and third parties. We have defended and pursued claims for breach of the franchise agreement, defended claims for alleged fraud in the granting of franchises, defended against claims of the franchisor's vicarious liability for alleged misconduct of the franchisee, and counseled clients in many other franchise-related matters.

Representative Experience

  • We represented one of the largest real estate brokerage franchisors in the world in numerous actions, including arbitration against a master franchisor for Europe and cases involving vicarious liability, breach of contract, and trademark infringement.

  • We represented a Canadian franchisor of "Booster Juice" fruit smoothie shops in the defense of multiple U.S. arbitrations, including two complex arbitrations that both required several weeks of hearings. After the hearings, the franchisor was fully vindicated against all claims and obtained awards of attorney fees.

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