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Franchise & Distribution

Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell represents franchisors, manufacturers, and distributors in disputes with their franchisees or dealers, or in matters related to their distribution networks. We have tried cases before federal and state courts and administrative agencies nationwide. 

WTO lawyers have helped resolve disputes involving all facets of the relationship between franchisors and franchisees, including fraud, establishments, terminations, relocations, franchise modifications, product introductions, and allocation of products.

Beyond federal and state dealer-based or franchise-based statutory claims, our practice routinely involves defending the common law claims that typically accompany those franchise-act-based statutory claims, such as business torts, breach of contract, bad faith, and RICO.

Our role as co-national trial counsel for a major motor-vehicle manufacturer and national trial counsel for a major motor-vehicle distributor has helped hone our skills in varied venues throughout the country.

Client Wins

Successfully represented franchisor Comfort Dental Group in a dispute in which a subfranchisor challenged the legality of the underlying business model.

Articles and Presentations

Presenter, "Franchising Drafting Tips from Franchise Litigators," The Colorado Bar Association, Franchise Law Subsection, (September 29, 2016).

Client Wins

Successfully represented FCA in a one-week trial involving a dealer's wrongful termination claim under Texas statute.


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