Franchise Litigation

MARC has expertise in issues unique to franchisors and franchisees, distributors and distributees, and licensors and licensees. We handle state and federal disputes ranging from breach of contract and termination/nonrenewal matters to fraud claims. Our clients include large, multinational corporations as well as individuals. We also defend franchisors in multiplaintiff litigation and class actions.

MARC is a recognized leader in New Jersey and New York in cases involving gasoline service stations/dealers and petroleum suppliers, and we have substantial experience in Petroleum Marketing Practices Act (PMPA) litigation.

When appropriate, we resolve disputes through alternative means such as mediation and arbitration.

Our practice includes:

  • Breach of contract
  • Class actions
  • Consumer fraud
  • Discrimination
  • Economic loss
  • Franchisee torts
  • Implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing
  • Nonrenewals
  • Terminations
  • Transfer disputes
  • Vicarious liability

Our recent engagements include:

  • Defending a lawsuit brought by more than 90 gasoline service station franchisees against a Fortune 50 company.
  • Prosecuting claims against a real estate brokerage franchisee for failure to comply with a franchise agreement and defending the franchisee’s breach of contract, fraud and consumer fraud counterclaims.
  • Negotiating resolution of claims by a wine-and-spirits importer against its European supplier.
  • Successfully defending a Chinese juice-product supplier against nonshipment claims.

Please contact Andrew E. Anselmi for additional information.

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Bruce Goldstein, a partner, is recognized by his peers as one of New Jersey’s preeminent trial lawyers. He is a sophisticated and dynamic litigator with expansive experience in complex business disputes. His cases include those involving fraud, shareholder disputes, employment, breach of contract, business torts, insurance, franchise disputes and professional malpractice.

Samuel Santo, Jr., a partner, has more than 25 years of expertise in a wide variety of complex civil and commercial litigation matters, with trial experience in both state and federal courts. He specializes in litigating and arbitrating high-stakes business disputes covering a broad spectrum of matters, including breach of contract, product liability, New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act and New Jersey Franchise Practices Act issues, health care and Third Party Logistics (3PLs), as well as employee piracy and other business torts.

Zachary Wellbrock, an associate, concentrates on civil litigation, primarily complex commercial matters and First Amendment/media law issues such as defamation, privacy rights and access to public records. In addition, he handles cases involving corporate law, breach of contract claims, franchise law, copyright and trademark issues, consumer fraud, professional liability and post-judgment remedies.

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