In business, disputes can be a fact of life. This can also be true for those involved in a franchise. When there is a dispute under a franchise agreement, there are several avenues available to ensure that both sides receive fair treatment.
The potential advantages of mediation, whether facilitative or evaluative, in resolving franchise disputes include it’s relatively low cost and the informed risk management available to the parties in determining whether, and how, to resolve their dispute.
Perhaps the most important benefit of mediation is that it helps franchisors and franchisees preserve valued business relationships with minimal risk. Since there is no loser in mediation, the parties have a rare opportunity to discuss their disputes in a privileged setting without fear or concern that their discussions will yield neither a bad result nor public scrutiny.
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