Bryan R. Battina represents independent manufacturers’ sales representatives in a variety of matters affecting this unique industry including the following areas:
- business formation
- review of sales rep agreements
- contract negotiations
- territory disputes
- wrongful termination
- commission errors
- recovering unpaid commissions
- sales policies and practices
- non-compete agreements and restrictive covenants
- internal sales rep employment practices
- managing and terminating sub-agents
In addition, Mr. Battina has extensive experience representing sales representatives, manufacturers, principals, importers, and distributors under the Minnesota Termination of Sales Representative Act, Minn. Stat. § 325E.37. This legislation protects sales representatives from termination or non-renewal of their Minnesota sales representative agreements.
In many cases, a principal hiring a sales rep in the State of Minnesota (or whose territory includes Minnesota) must comply with statutory notice requirements and applicable cure periods before terminating the Minnesota sales representative. Because not all sales reps are covered by this statute, it is important to review the circumstances surrounding your termination with an attorney familiar with the requirements of Minnesota law.
In addition to sales representatives firms, Mr. Battina can serve as local litigation counsel for non-Minnesota manufacturing firms who are sued in the State of Minnesota under the Minnesota Termination of Sales Representatives Act. Trepanier MacGillis Battina P.A.’s offices are conveniently located near the U.S. federal courthouse and the Hennepin County Courthouse (in downtown Minneapolis).
In addition to handling claims over the improper termination of sales representative agreements, Mr. Battina also handles other disputes and litigation involving sales representatives, such as:
- breach of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements
- tortious interference with contractual relations
- misappropriation of trade secrets
- theft of customer lists