Franchise Law and Business Transactions

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Stanley M. Dub continues to be the “Go-To” franchise lawyer in the State of Ohio.

Here is a partial list of Mr. Dub’s recent accomplishments:

Teaching Role…
Mr. Dub is Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University Law School. Since 2016 he has taught a course on Franchise Law and is scheduled to repeat the course in Spring 2025. This is believed to be the only course on Franchise Law ever offered by an Ohio law school.

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For Franchisees….
  • We have represented many franchisees wishing to terminate their franchises. In some cases, we helped them exit their systems without filing suit. In several cases we have filed lawsuits; most were settled with payments made to the client and the another resulted in a verdict for the franchisee after a jury trial. In some of these cases the “franchisor” did not provide any disclosure document, claiming their transaction was not a franchise.
  • We recently won a landmark decision in Arizona federal court, establishing that Ohio’s Business Opportunity Law invalidates provisions in a franchise agreement that attempt to apply another state’s law.
  • We represented several franchisees that had been terminated by their franchisor. In some cases we got the decision reversed, and in other cases we were able to negotiate improvements to the terms of termination.
  • We successfully assisted a motor vehicle dealer to resist termination of his Dealership Agreement.
  • We helped a number of franchisees renew their franchise agreements and negotiate better terms from the franchisor than originally offered.
  • We reviewed franchise document packages for a number of potential franchise buyers.
  • We represented a national franchisee association.
  • We helped several franchisees buy or sell all or part of their businesses, buy or lease their real estate, or negotiate other agreements.

For Franchisors…

  • We wrote franchise agreements and FDD’s for new franchisors, and prepared required annual revisions for existing franchisors. We obtained state registrations of these documents in some cases.
  • We handled ongoing business law needs of several small franchisors.
  • We consulted for existing franchisors regarding their disclosure law compliance and other issues.
  • We represented existing franchisors involved in disputes with their franchisees, achieving resolutions without any lawsuits.
  • We acted as Franchise Law expert for a publicly-traded manufacturer that successfully defended a multi-million suit brought by dozens of product distributors.