I purchased a franchise that I discovered was teaching us to illegally charge for certain services rendered according to state law.The franchisor made no effort to right the illegality issues I filed a suit but there was an arbitration clause in the agreement and the judge dismissed the case to arbitration. Our biggest claim, was that the contract was null and void due to illegal payments. the franchisor attempted to bring counterclaims but the judge also stayed those to arbitration. I had not fyet iled arbitration to prove the illegality of the contract and the franchisor filed a new lawsuit with the claims that they were attempting to bring in my suit. I now have to defend myself in own arena and bring claims in another.Thoughts on how to get out of this mess other than consolidation?