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Washington Franchise Dispute Lawyer

Seattle Franchisor Problems Attorney

You invested in a franchise and now you are having problems with your franchisor. Unfortunately, not every franchise relationship turns out to be a happy one. At the Bundy Law Firm, we represent franchisees against franchisors in a number of disputes, including:

  • Territory encroachment: The franchisor gave the same territory to two different franchisees or put a company store nearby that took away a lot of your business.
  • Fraud in the inducement: The franchisor misrepresented or omitted important information to induce you to buy the franchise.
  • Illegal earnings claims: The franchisor claimed you were going to earn more money than their record would justify.
  • Wrongful termination of the franchisee: The franchisor terminated the franchisee without giving the required notice or a reasonable time to fix any problems.
  • Renewal denial: The franchisor refuses to renew the franchisee's contract after the original term in violation of the law.

Franchise agreements usually have arbitration clauses, which means disputes are resolved through the arbitration process. Howard Bundy handles the dispute resolution process, whether it involves negotiation, mediation, arbitration or litigation. His unique experience in representing both franchisors and franchisees gives him an edge in knowing how franchisors view the franchise relationship.

Franchisor/Franchisee Disputes

If you feel that you are being mistreated by the franchisor or the franchisor was not honest in selling you the franchise, follow these guidelines:

  • Find an experienced franchisee lawyer.
  • Don't threaten your franchisor with a lawyer.
  • Don't write e-mails or letters about the situation to the franchisor before talking to your lawyer.
  • Gather and copy your documents.
  • Write a narrative history of what has happened in a memo to your lawyer.
  • Keep detailed records of every communication and event.
  • Don't delay — a limitations period could cut off your rights.

Washington Franchise Dispute Attorney

If you are considering buying a franchise, contact our Washington franchise lawyer at the Bundy Law Firm. Our experience will be invaluable in protecting your business for years to come. Call toll free 888-325-8817.

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