Termination and Non-Renewal
Getting a notice of termination or nonrenewal from your franchisor or supplier may be the worst event in the life of a franchisee or dealer. If you are threatened with termination or nonrenewal, please read on to see how, as franchise lawyers, we can help you avoid what might be a disaster.
What is a Termination or Non-Renewal?
Termination is the franchise equivalent of losing your job. If you get terminated or non-renewed, you lose your business. Most franchise agreements contain clauses that prevent you from working in the same business for a period of time after termination – so your ability to make a living after termination may be severely limited.
What are your rights?
Depending upon a number of factors -- where you live, what your contract says, what business you are in and your particular circumstances -- you may have rights to stop a termination from taking place, to continue in the same business even if you are terminated, or to obtain damages if you’ve been terminated wrongfully.
What experience does Michael Garner have with Termination and Nonrenewal?
As a seasoned franchise and dealer lawyer, Michael Garner has stopped terminations and non-renewals all over the country in virtually every segment of franchising. In one jury trial, he proved a test case that led to a settlement of termination damages totaling $232 million for a group of franchisees. Sometimes, franchisors will come to the bargaining table and work out a settlement as soon as they get a call from him. See our Case Studies for more information »
How can we help?
If you have received a termination notice; if you are facing non-renewal; or if you believe that your franchisor or supplier may be setting you up for a termination or non-renewal, you should act quickly. We may be able to stop that termination or get you compensation! Give Michael a call or click here to contact him. We’ll see if you have a case! In the meantime, check out our Resource Center page to get a head start!
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“When our supplier tried to refuse to renew our dealer agreement, Michael Garner took charge and filed suit. The lawsuit stopped the non-renewal from going forward, and we were able to sit down with the supplier and work things out.”
- Chad Hall, Algona Marine