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Franchise and Distribution

McGuireWoods has a deep bench of lawyers who handle national and international franchise and distribution matters. Our clients range from start-up concepts to some of the nation’s largest franchise and distribution systems, which are active in many other countries as well. Our clients represent a broad spectrum of industries, including food service, hospitality, health and nutrition, automotive, petroleum, and real estate, among others. The Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team is made up of experienced trial lawyers who have litigated and arbitrated disputes in the areas of antitrust, trademark and trade dress infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, advertising, and product liability, among others – some as nationwide class actions.

We recognize that clients assign varying values to the legal work performed by outside counsel, and we bring flexibility to each client relationship. We go toe-to-toe with any adversary in bet-the-company cases, and we develop innovative strategies and fee structures for smaller matters.

Clients expect us to know the law, but they also expect us to understand relationships. They frequently tell us that because we put their interests ahead of our own, we provide a level of client focus that exceeds their highest expectations. We make it a point to understand our clients’ businesses and their goals, and we do our best to help them make money, save money, and sleep better at night. Our “service mark” is unparalleled attention and effective response to our clients’ needs.

We are active participants in the International Franchise Association and the American Bar Association's Franchise Forum, and we are frequent speakers and authors on cutting-edge topics in franchise and distribution law.

CONTACTS

William B. Marianes Partner T: +1 404 443 5700
R. Eric Bilik Partner T: +1 904 798 2685
Gordon W. Schmidt Partner T: +1 412 667 7946
Howard Feller Partner T: +1 804 775 4393
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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

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Building products distributor

Successfully mediated catastrophic injury case where the plaintiff lost her nose, all of her teeth and her vision following nasal cancer allegedly as a result of her exposure to our client’s wood dust.
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Steel manufacturer and distributor

Assist steel manufacturer and distributor in successfully negotiating a collective bargaining agreement for the company.
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National specialty retailer

Representation of a national specialty retailer in a series of consumer fraud actions filed against it in connection with their marketing and sale of dietary supplements. The court dismissed the claims because plaintiffs did not show that all reasonable experts agree on their claims.
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Publicly traded industrial supply company

Representation of a leading provider of electrical, industrial and communications maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) product, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistics services, in connection with its $8.2 million acquisition of two commercial and industrial lighting businesses.
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Publicly traded industrial supply company

Representation of a publicly traded industrial supply company in the acquisition of an Illinois-based provider of utility MRO and safety products, as well as rubber goods testing and certification services.
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Aftermarket undercar manufacturer/distributor

Representation of aftermarket undercar manufacturer/distributor in trade secrets suit. Received default judgment, including a grant of injunctive relief permanently enjoining the defendant from using any misappropriated trade secrets and enjoining the defendant from competing with our client for a period of three years in China and the United States. Our client was awarded compensatory and punitive damages, as well as attorneys’ fees and costs.
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Real estate franchisor

Represented franchisor in dispute involving claims for breach of contract and infringement.
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Specialty packaged food product manufacturer

Represented specialty packaged food product manufacturer in negotiation and preparing distribution agreements with wholesale distributors.
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National specialty retailer

Representation of a national specialty retailer against allegations of discrimination and wrongful termination by an assistant manager at a Northern California retail store. A U.S. Magistrate Judge dismissed the plaintiff’s claims in their entirety finding that the plaintiff had not demonstrated any causal connection between complaints that he had made during his employment and his termination.
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U.S. distributor

Represented U.S. distributor in distribution agreement for the United States with German manufacturer of vitamin and dietary supplement products.
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Multiple healthcare product companies

Represented multiple healthcare product companies in multiple sales and distribution agreements for their products both in the U.S. and internationally.
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Manufacturer of aircraft support equipment

Represented manufacturer of aircraft support equipment in international distribution agreement.
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Restaurant franchisor

Represented franchisor in dispute involving claims for trade dress and trademark infringement and violation of Georgia’s Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
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Fortune 100 financial institution

Representation of a Fortune 100 financial institution as lender in a delayed-draw term loan facility provided to for a leading fast food franchisee company.
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Investment subsidiary of a Fortune 100 financial institution

Representation of the investment subsidiary of a Fortune 100 financial institution as lead arranger and book manager and the client parent as administrative agent, of $160 million secured credit facilities provided to an owner and operator a major restaurant franchise.
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National specialty retailer

Represented a leading national specialty retailer in a class action lawsuit commenced by current and former California franchisees asserting claims for breach of contract, fraud and violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law.
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Investment subsidiary of a Fortune 100 financial institution

Representation of the investment subsidiary of a Fortune 100 financial institution as sole lead arranger and book manager and the client parent as administrative agent and as lender in a $110 million senior secured credit facilities provided to a leading fast food franchisee company.
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National specialty retailer

Represented leading national specialty retailer in a class action lawsuit commenced by franchisees. The franchisees alleged that our client had made pricing and promotional decisions which were allegedly prohibited by the terms of the settlement agreement which resolved a prior class action lawsuit filed by the franchisees.
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National specialty retailer

Represented a leading national specialty retailer in litigation with a Georgia franchisee. Retailer asserted claims for breach of a covenant not to compete and violation of state trade secret law.
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Restaurant franchisor

Represented franchisor in dispute with holdover franchisee involving claims for harassment, defamation, unfair trade practices, theft of trade secrets, breach of contract, and infringement.
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A. Carter Arey A. Carter Arey
Senior Counsel
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2241
F: +1 704 444 8818
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Mary Dalton Baril Mary Dalton Baril
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1169
F: +1 804 698 2009
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Eric Bilik R. Eric Bilik
Partner
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 2685
F: +1 904 360 6304
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Austin F Breen Austin F. Breen
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 373 8963
F: +1 704 353 6198
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Christian Brose Christian Brose
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2315
F: +1 704 444 8871
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Kimberly Q Cacheris Kimberly Q. Cacheris
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 373 8954
F: +1 704 373 8825
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Pol Cools Pol Cools
Counsel
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 16
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Patrick A De Ridder Patrick A. De Ridder
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +1 804 775 4369
F: +1 804 698 2221
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T:+44 20 7632 1716
F: +44 20 7632 1638

Mehboob R Dossa Mehboob R. Dossa
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1627
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Kevin Duddlestein Kevin M. Duddlesten
Partner
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201

T: +1 214 932 6419
F: +1 214 273 7484
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Jason D Evans Jason D. Evans
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2050
F: +1 704 444 8774
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Howard Feller Howard Feller
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 4393
F: +1 804 698 2051
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Douglas M Foley Douglas M. Foley
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

World Trade Center
101 West Main Street
Suite 9000
Norfolk, VA 23510-1655

T: +1 202 857 1720
F: +1 202 828 3301
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T:+1 757 640 3715
F: +1 757 640 3957

Nancy J Fonti Nancy J. Fonti
Associate
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5738
F: +1 404 443 5674
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Matthew Hall Matthew Hall
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 34
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Sara F Holladay-Tobias Sara F. Holladay-Tobias
Partner
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 2662
F: +1 904 360 6317
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Halima Horton Halima Horton
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5715
F: +1 404 443 5765
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Matthew C Kane Matthew C. Kane
Partner
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 315 8295
F: +1 310 956 3195
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Taesoo Sean Kim (Sean) TaeSoo Sean Kim
Associate
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 2136
F: +1 212 715 6273
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E. Lynwood Mallard E. Lynwood Mallard
Counsel
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2313
F: +1 704 805 5075
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William B Marianes William B. Marianes
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5700
F: +1 404 443 5796
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Bill Mayberry Bill Mayberry
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2024
F: +1 704 444 8751
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Yves Melin Yves Melin
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 26
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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My Trung Ngo My T. Ngo
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2335
F: +1 704 353 6149
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Steven Ongena Steven Ongena
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 28
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Legal Alert

England & Wales Competition Law News

March 14, 2011
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