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2801 Alaskan Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98121
T: 206.777.7453

Douglas C. Berry

For over twenty five years, Doug has served as a trial lawyer representing franchisors and suppliers in connection with disputes with their franchisees and distributors. In recent years, Doug has also devoted considerable time providing antitrust and distribution counseling, and has assisted several clients with the evaluation and acquisition of other franchising companies.

Representative Experience

  • Assisted an oil company in the acquisition of refinery and marketing assets in Southern California, counseled investor group in acquisition of majority interest in fast food franchise company, and assisted company in acquisition of coffee franchise system
  • Assisted company in the acquisition of quick service franchise chain
  • Assisted private equity fund in negotiations for acquisition of chain of gasoline service stations
  • Defended an oil company from claims by former Alaska Jobber and dealer alleging it was forced out of business by company’s price discrimination and violations of duty of good faith
  • Defended various franchisors from claims in Oregon and Washington by franchisees claims sale of franchise was induced by misrepresentations or violations of applicable disclosure obligations
  • Defended beer supplier and franchisors from claims for wrongful termination
  • Defended oil company from claims by dealer that company’s prices were discriminatory, and successfully prosecuted claims for damages for amounts owed on dealer loans in default
  • Defended soft drink supplier from claims from former bottler and distributor claiming that distribution agreement was a “franchise” under applicable state franchise statute
  • Prosecuted claims by manufacturers of cosmetics and candles against competitors based on competitors’ use of product packaging deceptively similar to clients’ packaging
  • Prosecuted claims against former franchisees for breach of post-term, and in-term covenants against competition
  • Prosecuted claims on behalf of hotel franchisor for liquidated damages following termination based on franchisee’s failure to make required improvements to its hotel, and defended at trial cross claims for wrongful termination
  • Defended franchising company from class action by consumers in connection with fees charged for debit card transactions