I contacted one of the Reps, and asked that he send a sample to one of my accounts for s large project we were asked to assit in. The rep decided to visit my account and bring a conpeting lighting dealer along with him to try to snag the deal away from me. Do i have any legal recourse for what they tried to do?
What kind of agreements are there between you as the retailer and the rep as the wholesaler? The company that the Rep sells for.....is it a captivenrep or independent rep ? At a minimum the company using the rep should be notified. The rest of the issue all depends on whether there are agreements in place that define the respective roles of the players and if there is restrictive covenants and no poaching type clauses.
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Commercial Real Estate Attorney
Since you buy through reps of other companies the only claim you can make is interference with prospective contractual relations. Yeah. It doesn't sound like the greatest claim but if you have been doing business with this rep for a while and he knew this was an important account (he obviously thought he would make more money with the other dealer) you do stand a chance. Remember Texaco?
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