Business Law Cases
Leo Tolstoy once said "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." It can sometimes feel that way in a business dispute. Once the wheels come off the bus in a business relationship and you are at a point where you are talking through lawyers, or even in the courts, it can feel like you have invented a special and unique kind of terrible place that nobody else ever has occupied.
But that's not actually true. Whatever business law issue you are experiencing, chances are we have seen something very much like it, and we can help get you through. Below are just a few examples of business disputes we have helped resolve.
Ownership dispute in a family-held business. In the third generation of ownership of a medium sized family business, things fell apart between a brother and his sisters. The brother believed their father had sold him the whole business before his death. The sisters disputed that claim and wanted a say in how things were run. The legal issue was only the beginning. The company records were not straightforward due to decades of informal management of all aspects of the business. Emotions had been running high for almost that long. We were able to help the parties reach a resolution that clarified the ownership and operation of the business and allowed all parties to share in some way in their father's legacy.
Merchant processing dispute. A small business focused on selling credit card processing services to merchants became embroiled in a dispute with the processing company who served those accounts. This dispute lead to the small business' termination as a representative. At the time of termination, the small business was owed substantial amounts of money. What could have been a straightforward factual dispute about payment calculation was complicated by intense antagonistic feelings on both sides. After bringing the case to the eve of trial, we were able to achieve a resolution that made the small business whole.
Enforcement of a non compete against a fledgling business. A handful of employees of a company decided to start their own business. Their former immediately employer threatened to stop that venture before it even got off the ground by insisting on enforcement of a wildly overbroad non compete. Working with the entrepreneurs, we were able to resolve that dispute. They were able to start and grow their own business. On top of that, we were able to get them paid substantial compensation for money not paid while they were employed. We still work with these business owners from time to time on routine legal matters. They are thriving and growing years later.
Unfair Competition: when a husband and wife team who both shared in running their small business got divorced, they also found themselves in the middle of a business divorce, with one ex-spouse forming a competing company, and years of litigation following relating to claims of unfair competition and interference with contract. Ultimately, we were able to help resolve this dispute short of trial, in a way that allowed both businesses to move forward.
Those are some of the more dramatic stories, but we have also helped countless other small business owners resolve disputes without ever filing a document in court. Examples include a business partnership that was beginning to fall apart, where we were able to negotiate an amicable buyout of one partner before the relationship completely soured, disputes over commissions due to real estate brokers from development projects, conflicting interpretations of the meaning of words in a business contract, and many more.
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