Title: Distributorship


Richard J. Wegener



Richard Wegener

Firm: Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Address:200 South Sixth Street
Suite 4000
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
United States of America
Fax:+1 612 492 7077
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Local Time:Wed. 19:40
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Richard Wegener, a resident shareholder in the Minneapolis office of Fredrikson & Byron, practices in the areas of antitrust, competition, regulatory and administrative law counseling and litigation by federal and state agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) with a special emphasis on (1) product marketing and distribution, pricing, acquisitions and joint ventures, advertising and promotions, the rights of publicity and privacy, licensing, trade secret, intellectual property and related transactional issues; and (2) agribusiness and food/dietary supplement matters, including product formulation, manufacture, labeling, advertising and claim substantiation , safety, recalls, inspections, green marketing and California Proposition 65.

With regard to FDA enforcement, Mr. Wegener advises clients concerning FDA inspections and helps clients respond to inspectional observations (FDA Form 483) and FDA Warning Letters. He has successfully represented clients in federal court proceedings enjoining state agencies from seizing food products and resisting penalties for product adulteration.

Mr. Wegener has represented clients in both federal and state court antitrust and trade regulation matters, including significant litigation dealing with distributor and sales representative terminations, exclusive dealing, price fixing, resale price maintenance and tying.

Mr. Wegener received both his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Nebraska, where he served as Managing Editor of the Nebraska Law Review. Before returning to private practice, he served as Division Counsel to the United States Food Group of The Pillsbury Company and Assistant to the General Counsel for Antitrust and Trade Regulation.

Mr. Wegener is a member of the Advisory Board for the Bureau of National Affairs Antitrust and Trade Regulation Report [BNA ATRR], the world’s leading weekly antitrust and trade regulation publication, and The Antitrust Counselor, a key monthly publication for those who advise clients in these important areas. He also is a member of the American Economic Association, the Food and Drug Law Institute and serves on the governing council of the Minnesota Bar Association Food, Drug & Device Law section. He is a frequent speaker and writer on government regulation of the marketplace, the business and litigation aspects of distribution and marketing practices and strategies to avoid criminal and civil liability, both in the United States and abroad. An authority on vertical restraints and the Robinson-Patman (price discrimination) Act, he was a member of the American Bar Association Antitrust Section’s Special Task Force on the FTC’s Guides for Advertising Allowances and Other Merchandising Payments and Services. Based on a survey of practicing attorneys, he is listed as both a “Super Lawyer” in Antitrust Litigation and a “Leading Attorney” in Antitrust and Trade Regulation law.


Areas of Practice


  • Antitrust And Trade Regulation
  • Commercial Law
  • Food, Drug & Medical Device
  • Food, Drug & Medical Device Regulation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions


Litigation Percentage 30%

Professional Career



Bar Admission

  • Minnesota

  • Nebraska



  • University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D.

  • University of Nebraska, B.A.