As a franchisee or dealer, you expect your franchisor to have your business’s best interests in mind. After all, the franchise relationship is a symbiotic one in which – at least theoretically – both parties benefit from the other’s success.
However, as a practical matter, this is more the exception than the norm. Especially in large franchise systems in the top franchised industries, franchisors focus on the profitability of the franchise system as a whole, often with little regard for the interests of any one individual franchisee. In doing so, they often overstep their legal bounds, giving rise to claims for state and federal antitrust violations.
About Antitrust Law
Antitrust is a unique and complicated area of the law that is focused on preserving market competition. Without antitrust laws, franchisors, automotive manufacturers and other large corporations would be free to do things like: conspire to control prices, divide markets to avoid competition, and engage in other anti-competitive practices that harm consumers. Of course, despite the long-established principles of antitrust, companies continue to violate the law in order to boost their bottom lines; and, when they do, those that are harmed by their unlawful practices can pursue legal remedies.
Questions? Contact Us to Speak with a Franchise Antitrust Attorney
If you have questions about pursuing an antitrust claim against your franchisor, we encourage you to inquire for an initial consultation. To schedule an appointment with attorney Jeffrey M. Goldstein, please call (202) 293-3947 or contact us online today.