The franchise agreement normally specifies the mechanism to handle a dispute between the franchisee and franchisor. Usually, disputes are resolved through arbitration or litigation. In addition to the mechanism to resolve the dispute, the agreement will likely state what law applies and where the dispute resolution will occur. You may have to give a formal notice, attend meetings, write letters, participate in non-binding mediation and other steps before you can even get to arbitration or to court. Every one of those steps can be very expensive.
At Bundy & Fichter PLLC, we handle the dispute resolution process, whether it involves negotiation, mediation, arbitration or litigation. Bundy & Fichter PLLC represents both franchisees and franchisors in the Pacific Northwest and across the United States. Their intimate knowledge of how each side views the franchise relationship gives them an edge when representing either side in a dispute.