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I have just discovered that my Franchisor has launched a website

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I have just discovered that my Franchisor has launched a website selling the same products recommended to us at much cheaper prices and nationwide free delivery. This seems morally and ethically wrong to me but I am not sure about the legalities. Any thoughts?
Many thanks
Kevin Withey
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Alex J. replied 2 years ago.
Hi
Thank you.
MY name is ***** ***** I will assist you.
Do you have a Franchise Agreement? Does it have any minimum pricing restrictions or geographical exclusivity?
Kind regards
AJ
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi AJ

My current agreement expired in March 2014 and they have been dragging their heels on the new one.

The previous agreement did not have any minimum pricing restrictions or geographical exclusivity.

Kind regards

Kevin

Expert:  Alex J. replied 2 years ago.
Hi,
Thank you.
What did the old one say about the obligations of the Franchisor? Did it say they would not compete with you?
Did it have any obligations on the Franchisor?
Kind regards
AJ
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi AJ

There was a whole list of obligations but nothing about competing I believe. I could email you a copy of the relevant pages if you like?

Kind regards

Kevin

Expert:  Alex J. replied 2 years ago.
Thank you very much.
Are you able to post a link into this thread?
Otherwise can you email it to the site administrators FAO: Alex J?
Kind regards
AJ
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I will email it to the site admin later this morning, not very techie I'm afraid!

Kind regards

Kevin

Expert:  Alex J. replied 2 years ago.
Hi,
Thank you very much.
It may take a little while to filter down to me so please do not be concerned if you do not hearing from me right away.
Kind regards
AJ