Sales and Distribution
Antitrust and Trade Regulation practice group lawyers have broad experience with respect to issues arising in the sales and distribution process. The sale of goods and services involves a contractual relationship between the seller and the buyer. Our lawyers know the rules governing contract formation, warranties and remedies for breach of sales contracts. We draft sales and distribution agreements, advise clients on the applicability of various laws to particular business transactions, and counsel clients on the use of various methods of distribution.
Antitrust and Unfair Competition
Our lawyers have extensive experience in counseling clients on compliance with federal and state antitrust laws and laws governing unfair competition. Areas of expertise include laws relating to agreements among competitors, laws governing the relationship between manufacturers and their distributors, antitrust regulation of mergers and acquisitions, rules governing below-cost pricing and exclusionary practices by dominant firms, the Robinson-Patman Price Discrimination Law, and a variety of other competition-related regulations. Antitrust and Trade Regulation practice group lawyers also represent clients in dealings with the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Justice Department Antitrust Division.
We advise both sellers of products and advertising agencies on the laws relating to advertising. Our lawyers have expertise in advising clients on requirements of accuracy in advertising, defamation, product disparagement and other issues that may arise in the advertising process.
Franchising is regulated extensively by both state and federal law. Within this field we handle preparation and negotiation of franchise agreements and franchise offering documents, give advice concerning regulatory compliance, and handle disputes between franchisors and franchisees. We also counsel franchisors and franchisees in business planning, financing and other aspects of doing business.
Our lawyers counsel clients on a broad range of issues relating to consumer protection laws and regulations, including the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and Federal Trade Commission consumer protection regulations.
Trademarks and Copyrights
We advise clients on the selection and registration of trademarks, registration of copyrights, and other matters relating to ownership and protection of intellectual property. Our lawyers are also experienced in the prosecution and defense of trademark and copyright infringement litigation.