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Franchise Dispute Litigation

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Franchise disputes can be the unwelcome side effect of the growth, development and success of a franchise system. McCarthy Tétrault has the knowledge, experience and resources to resolve disputes while preserving the key components of franchise systems: trademarks, operational systems and procedures, supply chain and distribution systems, and marketing and advertising programs. Not only do we understand the uniquely Canadian regulatory environment, we have a substantial client base in many major franchise sectors, including consumer & retail, food & beverage, hospitality, automobile, healthcare and education. Our track record includes significant mandates in franchise disputes relating to Grand & Toy, Canadian Tire, Second Cup, Petro-Canada, Wolfgang Puck, Nissan Canada, Fruits & Passion, Bell Canada, Mister Transmission, Kyocera Canada, CARA, A&P, GM and Pepsi.

We have acted primarily for franchisors, but the Franchise Dispute group has and will continue to act for franchisees in major mandates. As seasoned litigators we believe the experience gained from a shift in perspective sharpens our skills and benefits our clients.

McCarthy Tétrault harnesses the full power of Canada's largest and longest-standing litigation group; well-equipped to help our clients build dispute resolution strategies, from mediations and arbitrations to class actions. We are discerning litigators, and will only assert a case if it is in our client's interest. In fact, we have developed a reputation for negotiated settlements, which bring about the best results with the least amount of damage or court time. Our winning track record is based on making the right moves early in the process, and obtaining the right outcome for our clients.

McCarthy Tétrault wrote the definitive book on class actions, Defending Class Actions in Canada, now in its third edition. Class action lawsuits continue to reshape the legal landscape for Canadian franchises. Unique in their potential for generating large financial risk, adverse publicity and the erosion of customer and shareholder confidence and goodwill; class actions are not restricted by geography and can be simultaneously filed in many provinces. Our multijurisdictional approach provides for a team of leading practitioners seamlessly integrated across Canada, with regional knowledge of the local business and legal environment. Our firm is proud to be multilingual.

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Douglas T. Yoshida
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