Antitrust & Trade Regulation

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Dickinson Wright’s cross-disciplinary team has decades of experience representing national and international clients in antitrust, franchise, dealer/distribution and “white-collar” criminal matters. Our team of seasoned trial attorneys, litigators and counselors has successfully represented clients in both federal and state courts and in international arbitrations. We excel in providing cost-effective, superior legal advice and take pride in vigilantly protecting our clients’ interests in an ever-evolving regulatory environment.

Successful Litigation of Antitrust Matters

Our antitrust lawyers have successfully litigated civil class actions alleging price fixing, monopolization and predatory pricing. Our robust civil antitrust litigation experience ranges from representing clients in national, multi-district putative class actions to localized lawsuits governed by state antitrust laws. Beyond our civil litigation experience, our team has extensive experience representing clients in connection with grand jury subpoenas and federal and state criminal investigations and prosecutions. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in the fact that our attorneys have served as Assistant United States Attorneys, and include the former Chair and current Vice-Chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Antitrust and Franchise Law section.

Leader in Franchise Litigation

Dickinson Wright is a regional and national leader in providing litigation and litigation avoidance/counseling services to the franchise industry. We routinely represent national and international franchisors, including the nation’s largest real estate brokerage franchisor, in disputes between franchisors and franchisees. We have successfully represented our clients in cases involving breach of contract, fraud, and intellectual property disputes, including trademark infringement claims. To stay abreast of relevant issues, our attorneys are active in the IFA and the ABA’s Forum on Franchising. We’re proud that members of our team have been recognized as Rising Stars in Michigan Super Lawyers.

Dealer/Distribution Litigation Expertise

As trade regulation practitioners, we routinely counsel clients on the complex framework of federal and state laws and regulations that govern dealer and distributor relations. If a dispute in this area should escalate to litigation, clients ranging from two of Detroit’s “Big 3” automakers to smaller, privately-held businesses trust us to successfully represent their interests in a variety of disputes, including complex wrongful termination cases, “Dealer Day in Court” actions and state and federal matters concerning unfair and deceptive trade practices. Our team has tried cases in state and federal courts across the country and possesses particular expertise in international arbitration forums. 

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