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DISTRIBUTION AND FRANCHISING LITIGATION

Thompson Coburn’s antitrust lawyers represent clients before state and federal government enforcement agencies, as well as private party litigation involving a multitude of antitrust issues arising from distribution. We have defended clients facing allegations of exclusive dealing, tying, resale price maintenance, price fixing, monopolization, and attempted monopolization. For example, we successfully defended an FTC investigation of a client that was accused of monopolizing a market by using exclusive distribution agreements. We convinced the FTC staff attorneys that our client’s large national market share was the result of providing superior products and service. We have defended numerous Sherman Act Section 1 and 2 challenges to dealer agreements, as well as claims that distribution arrangements violate state laws.

We have also defended clients facing enforcement agency allegations involving packaging and labeling, trade regulations, resale customs regulations, intellectual property concerns, dealer termination, and refusal to deal issues.

In addition, many states have enacted “franchise protection acts” that broadly define “franchisors” to arguably include a wide spectrum of distribution/dealer relationships that most distributors would never consider to be “franchise” in nature. We represent distributors and “traditional” franchisors in dealer termination matters and other claims brought by dealers, franchisees, or competing franchisors.

Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6985

Jonathan's practice is focused on domestic and international maritime and shipping matters, as well as international trade regulation issues that are incidental to the gl...

Jonathan's practice is focused on domestic and international maritime and s...

Jonathan Benner
Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 9438

Clients know Julian as an experienced and highly effective litigator who finds creative and novel approaches to all of the cases he handles, without sacrificing efficienc...

Clients know Julian as an experienced and highly effective litigator who fi...

Julian Brew
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6552

Matt serves as co-chair of our insurance practice group, guiding policyholders, insurers, and insurance professionals on everything from policy placement through the liti...

Matt serves as co-chair of our insurance practice group, guiding policyhold...

Matt Darrough
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6908

Warren focuses on federal regulation of business, both domestic and international, and represents several of the nation's largest transportation and energy interests befo...

Warren focuses on federal regulation of business, both domestic and interna...

Warren Dean, Jr.
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6045

Ron advises clients on privately negotiated acquisitions and dispositions of businesses, including transactions requiring prior notification to the Federal Trade Commissi...

Ron advises clients on privately negotiated acquisitions and dispositions o...

Ron Haglof
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6553

Emilee represents clients in a variety of federal and state litigation matters, and counsels clients on various antitrust considerations.

Emilee represents clients in a variety of federal and state litigation matt...

Emilee Hargis
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6049

Ed is a veteran litigator and head of the Firm's Antitrust Practice Group.

Ed is a veteran litigator and head of the Firm's Antitrust Practice Group.

Ed Harvey
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6054

For more than 30 years, Steve has maintained a national trial practice in bet-the-company litigation.

For more than 30 years, Steve has maintained a national trial practice in b...

Steve Higgins
Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6452

Thad is a corporate lawyer with substantial experience advising clients nationwide in a practice spanning more than two decades.

Thad is a corporate lawyer with substantial experience advising clients nat...

Thad Leach
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6540

Dave represents and advises a host of major corporations in class action defense, complex business disputes, and state and local tax controversy.

Dave represents and advises a host of major corporations in class action de...

Dave Mangian
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6219

Greg counsels entrepreneurs, investment advisors and major institutional investors on a wide range of securities offerings and transactions while providing comprehensive ...

Greg counsels entrepreneurs, investment advisors and major institutional in...

Greg Patterson
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6173

Sharon develops and executes highly effective class action defense strategies for major companies across a variety of sectors, including transportation, telecommunication...

Sharon develops and executes highly effective class action defense strategi...

Sharon Rosenberg