A group of about a dozen convenience store franchisees came to us for assistance because the franchisor was engaging in unfair practices. We represented them and fought for them for several years in court.
A client retained us to review a disclosure document and contract for a well-known food franchise. After reviewing the documents we outlined for the client some points of concern, including that the franchisor’s financial condition was shaky, that they had a history of selling a lot of franchises and never getting them open, but keeping the fees, that they required the franchisee and spouse to sign personal guarantees that also guaranteed obligations to all vendors and suppliers, that they required franchisees to travel to their headquarters in a distant state to resolve disputes, and that they required franchisees to pay minimum royalties even if the business completely failed.
A health-related franchisee was sued by its franchisor for allegedly violating a franchise agreement that was never signed.
We represented a group of tutoring franchisees through a lengthy arbitration proceeding because their franchisor had mislead them about the cost of operating their business and the prospects of success.
We have reviewed disclosure documents and contracts for innumerable prospective franchisees and consulted with them about their decision whether to invest in the franchise.
We worked with a major regional real estate company to qualify it to offer and sell franchises.
We represented a small franchisor who was accused by the state of violating the franchise law by not disclosing a fact.
We consulted with a company that was considering franchising its youth-education business.
We helped a small company sell a single retail meat franchise under an exemption for a single offering inside the State of Washington, by qualifying them for an exemption and preparing the necessary paperwork to make that possible.
We represented a condominium owner whose neighbor locked her out of part of her property.
A client who is a commercial landlord had a tenant who was not paying for insurance or paying rent on time.
Another client got into a dispute with her business partner of several years. Cash and other assets were at risk. We were able to work with the client to secure the cash and other assets while negotiating with the attorney for the other party.
In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, we helped an online retailer client sell its business assets to its long time manager. The sale included thousands of items of intellectual property and supply chain and fulfillment issues. We prepared the asset purchase and sale documents, financing documents, and title transfers. We worked with the client to limit post-sale lease liability.
A client wanted to buy a small farm with a wine producing business on it.
Another client wanted to sell her franchised business. We worked with her to negotiate the best deal possible but it became clear that the buyer was not as qualified as the client thought.
A client wanted to sell his telecom company that had grown to a size where it was generating several million dollars a year in revenue. The first two prospective buyers were not qualified or would not meet the client’s terms. Finally, the third prospective buyer proved to be qualified and we closed a multi-million-dollar transaction for all cash.