The MVG represents manufacturers and distributors in federal and state courts and administrative forums across the country in franchise, antitrust, general business, class action, intellectual property, employment, and bankruptcy litigation. We use our extensive industry knowledge and experience to develop and pursue strategies in the litigation context that aim to achieve our clients’ optimal short- and long-term business objectives.
Our attorneys regularly represent manufacturers and distributors in dealer litigation under federal and state franchise laws in federal and state venues throughout the U.S. We have handled disputes over dealer add-points and relocations, territory changes, terminations, allocation methods and practices, advertising programs, bonus programs, invoice pricing, facility and other corporate identity requirements, warranty compensation, and dealership bankruptcies, among others. In addition, we have represented manufacturers and related entities facing investigations and enforcement actions by state agencies and administrative boards. Whatever the nature of the dispute, we approach franchise litigation as an opportunity to help our clients realize their ultimate business objectives, including building better and stronger dealer networks through the strategic transformation of local, regional, and nationwide markets.
Class Actions & Other Commercial Litigation
The MVG also represents its industry clients in class actions and other commercial litigation independent of the manufacturer-dealer relationship. These cases have included consumer class actions, employment discrimination claims, disputes relating to executive compensation and non-compete agreements, licensing and distribution agreements, and other complex litigation involving claims for breach of contract, breach of warranty, consumer fraud, and other deceptive or unfair trade practices under state and federal law.
Intellectual Property Litigation
The MVG represents its manufacturer clients and related entities in courts and other forums around the country in disputes relating to the protection and prosecution of our clients’ intellectual property assets, including claims for infringement of trademarks, copyrights, trade dress, and trade secrets.