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GENERAL BUSINESS LITIGATION

Any business working with suppliers, contractors, purchasers, landlords or other business partners runs the risk of disputes arising from contract disagreements.  This may occur because one party does not receive the products or services to which it believes it is entitled, or another feels that it was not paid the proper price for its services.  In all of these situations, breach of contract claims, or similar arguments, may arise.  Our attorneys are experienced in cases involving: 
  • Breach of Contract Claims; 
  • Partnership and Shareholder Disputes; 
  • Real Estate and Lease Disputes; 
  • Business Torts;  Employment Law; 
  • Business Fraud and Misrepresentation; 
  • Other Business Litigation Matters;
  • Breach of Contract Actions.

Regardless of the type or form of contract at issue, businesses rely on the contracts they execute to guide their ventures and commercial endeavors.  Breach of contract essentially refers to the failure to fulfill the terms of a legally binding agreement.  If you have suffered a serious financial loss as a result of an individual's or a business's failure to perform an agreed-upon service, provide agreed-upon goods, or pay for goods and services you have provided, you may be entitled to damages. 

Shareholder and Intra-corporate Disputes

Shareholders, partners and LLC members may set out with a common plan, but goals and purposes can diverge as time passes, business models change and personalities conflict.  Reaching agreement between the parties regarding valuation and other financial issues can be particularly challenging.  The following allegations are often raised, which require an enhanced analysis of the business and the actions of employees and shareholders:  

  • Misappropriation or theft of physical assets; 
  • Breach of fiduciary duty; 
  • Fraudulent transactions; 
  • Diversion of income or profits; 
  • Funding of personal expenditures through corporate accounts; 
  • Real Estate and Lease Disputes.

Developers, lenders and owners may think that they have reached an agreement on real estate lease or transaction, but the understanding may vary in the minds of the different parties and a dispute over the terms of a lease, transfer or other transaction may result. 

Tort Litigation 

Tort litigation is a broad legal area of what is called “tort law”, which covers the duty to avoid causing harm to another.  Business tort litigation includes the following:  

  • Defamation, including libel and slander, on the part of a business or an individual;  
  • Unfair competition;  
  • Tortious interference with your contracts; 
  • Tortious interference with your business relationships;  
  • Trade secrets;
  • Predatory pricing;
  • Products liability;
  • Fraud. 

 Intellectual Property (IP) Issues and Trade Secrets

Businesses invest significant sums in developing proprietary solutions, technologies and customer lists.  Notwithstanding their execution of enforceable agreements, vendors, clients, and particularly former employees unfortunately at times attempt to use trade secret information for their own wrongful gain.  When that happens, quick and decisive court action is necessary to protect your critical assets, prevent losses, and recover any damages that may have occurred. 

Employment and Non-compete Agreements

Most employment relationships begin with optimism regarding the employee’s role in the company.  But changing needs, interpersonal issues, and other factors can sour this relationship.  In some circumstances, an employee may leave the company and attempt to improperly benefit by violating the terms of a non-compete agreement.  In other circumstances, an employer may inappropriately use a non-compete agreement as a sword rather than a shield for the business.  Our attorneys have successfully fought on behalf of defendant former employees who are being wrongfully prevented from engaging in work by their former employers who have no basis to keep them from doing so.