As the franchise model has grown into a significant component of our national economy, so too have the legal challenges that confront franchisors and other distributors. Delivering products and services across different levels of a distribution network entails many types of business and legal relationships. And more and more, these relationships are regulated not only by complex contractual arrangements, but also by ever-changing legislative and regulatory initiatives aimed at addressing perceived imbalances among the businesses that manufacture, distribute, license, and sell to other companies and consumers.
Day Pitney's Franchise and Distribution practice helps clients navigate the myriad legal issues that can and do arise from these relationships. We help our clients make business and marketing decisions that can benefit their partners within their distribution channel, and we also provide the analysis, advice and negotiation skills needed to develop practical and cost-effective resolutions to disputes before they escalate. In those cases when litigation is inevitable, our team has the experience and available legal talent to aggressively advocate for our clients. Day Pitney's Franchise and Distribution attorneys manage an active docket of cases from individual termination to system-wide class actions that challenge the ways in which our clients manage their franchisee relationships. Our litigation competence is bolstered by firm wide resources and technology to handle the most complex e-discovery matters. Our team also represents its franchise clients in class action matters filed on behalf of consumers and also defend consumer fraud claims against franchisor clients concerning contractual and statutory disclosure issues.
One key to our success in this challenging field is our commitment to getting to know our clients' businesses and the industries in which they operate. No two businesses or distribution networks are alike, and by taking the time to understand our clients' financial and business goals, we are better able to provide effective advice and representation. Some of the industries we've come to know quite well include the hospitality, automotive, rental cars, real estate brokerage, tax services and food services industries.