For manufacturers and franchisors alike, one of many adverse effects on their economic health during the COVID-19 pandemic has been disruption of the global supply chain. The law of product distribution and franchise continues to be of vital importance. But recent (and current) events suggest a need for new legal strategies to keep up with a different law—the law of supply and demand. Without a reliable supply of components and raw materials to make their products, manufacturers cannot keep up with consumer demand. Getting the finished products to market presents different challenges. For many manufacturers and franchisors, their traditional branded distribution systems have been severely tested by the pandemic regardless of whether their preferred method of distribution has been to “go direct,” rely upon independent dealers, distributors, or licensees, or some combination thereof.
To help our clients overcome these challenges, with the objective of having distribution systems that are stronger than they ever were pre-pandemic, Foley’s 30th Annual Law of Product Distribution & Franchise Seminar will therefore focus even more on the supply chain than we traditionally have. The format will also not be live sessions of the type that we have hosted in various Foley offices around the country every year since 1992, except 2020. Instead, the sessions will be virtual—in part to avoid the potential for any last-minute disruptions of our own supply chain. The web-based platform will, however, afford more opportunities for interaction among speakers and attendees than were available in our prior webinars.
If you have any questions or special needs, please contact Justine Mills at [email protected].
Foley & Lardner LLP will apply for CLE credit after the program, wherever applicable. Foley & Lardner LLP is a State Bar of California MCLE approved provider. Credit may not be obtained by viewing and/or listening to a program recording after the event. Certificates of attendance will be distributed to eligible participants approximately eight weeks after the program via email.
Important Information for New York Attorneys: This program is appropriate for experienced attorneys only.