Franchise & Direct Selling

Franchising and direct selling/distribution involve some of the most complex business relationships in America with an intricate interplay between federal and state law. Whether your company is involved on the manufacturer/franchisor or distributor/franchisee sides of these highly competitive economic sectors, Friday, Eldredge & Clark understands the issues that are important to your business.

We are experienced in all facets of franchise law. Our transactional lawyers have represented both franchisors and franchisees in all aspects of establishing franchises and the many related issues that both parties to a franchise agreement must address. We also have the knowledge and experience to handle all transactional issues that either franchisors or franchisees will face during the course of the franchise relationship.

Our trial lawyers work closely with the firm’s transactional team in developing pre-litigation strategies when problems arise in the franchise relationship. From the perspective of the franchisor, such planning is crucial to maintain market share and goodwill during the extended course of litigation. For the franchisee, pre-planning for litigation may be vital to the franchisee’s continued existence. We understand the issues that both franchisors and franchisees will face as the complicated issues of the Arkansas Franchise Practices Act are litigated.

When litigation does occur, whether planned or not, the firm’s trial lawyers are prepared to handle your case. Quick and decisive action is often required in franchise litigation, and the stakes are high. Whether you face issues of termination, bankruptcy, encroachment, exclusivity, fraud, or breach of contract, our experience has prepared us to give you the exceptional service you need. Friday, Eldredge & Clark is truly a full-service firm in the best sense when it comes to your franchise needs.