Legal Alert: Antitrust Update
Legal Update: Girl Scout Cookies and Dunkin' Donuts - Issues for Terminating Dealers and Franchisees


Terminating dealers and franchisees is often fraught with legal and litigation risks. Many of these risks can be addressed up front with thoughtful planning. The Seventh Circuit – via Judge Posner – recently addressed some of these risks and suggested a road-map for the applicability of First Amendment to statutes protecting dealers and franchisees in Girl Scouts of Manitou Council, Inc. v. Girl Scouts of the U.S., Inc., ___ F.3d ___, 2011 WL 2119752 (7th Cir. 2011). While not an antitrust case, the Girl Scouts decision addressed issues that frequently arise in such cases.

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