Business Litigation Claims Attorneys
Sometimes businesses find themselves on the defense side of the courtroom – workers’ compensation claims, personal injury, defective products, etc.
But frequently, companies are plaintiffs in disputes with other businesses. Our business litigation attorneys have experience handling cases for business plaintiffs in a wide range of areas.
Some large businesses our attorneys have battled include:4
- Deloitte & Touche
- US Bank
- Voyager Fleet Systems
- Johnson & Johnson
Why Businesses May Need a Plaintiffs’ Lawyer
When involved in a dispute as a plaintiff, some business owners may assume that their company’s defense lawyers are just as capable on the plaintiffs’ side. Our business litigation lawyers – some of whom have been on both the defense and plaintiff side – believe this assumption could be a big mistake.
The differences between being a defendant’s lawyer and being a plaintiff’s lawyer are as stark as being a quarterback and a linebacker, believes litigation attorney Gary W. Jackson. With more than 30 years litigating business and individual disputes, he says, “They play the same game on the same field, but their goals, skills, and methods are very different.”
Multiple decisions must be made at every step, and which side your lawyer represents will dictate each side’s strategies. Jury selection, opening statements, examination of witnesses – the entire case will have a different strategy from either perspective. To arbitrate or not? Which court to choose? Which county? How to present the case?
Defense lawyers representing business plaintiffs normally charge on an hourly basis. Our firm usually handles these matters on a contingency fee basis.2 The inherent advantage of having a seasoned plaintiffs’ trial lawyer represent a business plaintiff on contingency is that this type of fee avoids overbilling and presents a mutual interest between the lawyer and the client.
Some of our business litigation lawyers have handled multiple million dollar and multi-million dollar lawsuits4 as plaintiffs’ attorneys. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin combines hands-on business litigation and trial experience with innovative strategies and methods reinforced by an extensive network of technological and human resources.
Many of our lawyers have told us that among the reasons they joined our firm is because we have the financial resources to handle large complex claims, and in their opinion, we also have some of the best technological resources in the state. This allows them to focus on trying to present the very best strategy for their clients.
Lender liability for banks and financial institutions can arise from any number of illegal and unethical lending practices and methods (which, not surprisingly, usually favor the lender), such as:
- Ambiguous contract clauses
- Technical loan violations
- Improper default notices and foreclosures
- Arbitrary failure to renew a loan with unfavorable terms
Sometimes in business loans, the contracts can contain hundreds of pages of fine print that can be virtually unintelligible and may potentially go unrecognized by the borrower. You may benefit from consulting with an attorney for business lawsuits who can interpret and understand what the fine print means for you and your business.
These lender practices typically manifest during economic downturns when lenders seek to cut their losses. Remember 2008 when millions of businesses and mortgages were suddenly in “default” and business and homeowners were foreclosed upon? One of our lawyers represented a large developer4 against a lender. He recalled, “When the events of 2008 began to unravel, the bank trumped up all kinds of excuses to call in loans for a lot of builders they had on their books. My client – a large and successful builder – was forced into bankruptcy. A lot of builders were.”
Financial institutions often have deep pockets that enable them to hire large corporate defense law firms. As a result, it can be difficult to identify a plaintiff’s law firm with the financial resources to litigate against these well-funded lender defense attorneys.
Not only do we have the financial resources to take on these defense firms, in many cases, our clients enjoy the benefits through a contingency fee arrangement. In other words, they pay no attorney’s fee2 unless we recover for them.
Commercial defamation occurs when a person communicates a statement that is false and/or damaging to the reputation of a business or professional of the business and makes this information available to others. Typically, such statements include misinformation that can injure the business, a trade, or a person’s ability to earn a living.
Examples of commercial defamation are many, but some of the more wide-spread include:
- Implications and statements regarding dishonest or corrupt behaviors, such as cheating or forgery
- Statements about poor credit or financial health
- Misstatements about the company’s abilities or experiences
If you believe you or your business has been defamed, consult with an attorney for business lawsuits to determine if you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Law Offices at James Scott Farrin for a free case evaluation.
Business interruption claims typically deal with revenue loss and associated costs that could have been avoided but for the interruption.
Typically, business interruption claims deal with losses such as:
- Property damage due to a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, flood, wildfire, or other catastrophic event
- Lost income due to a natural disaster or catastrophic event
Occasionally, businesses will have insurance policies which cover these losses. But even in those cases, some insurance companies have been known to try to cut corners to limit recovery.
Sometimes man-made events can precipitate business interruption claims, as many Outer Banks businesses experienced during the Ocracoke/Hatteras electrical blackout in 2017 when PCL Construction cut the islands’ only electrical lines while working on the new Bonner Bridge. PCL prepared a claim form for businesses to complete, presumably for damage recovery. What many of these businesses may not have realized is that getting fully compensated is not as easy as filling out a form.
Purchasing and operating a franchise often presents an attractive opportunity to individuals who want to start and run their own business. While franchises such as Chick-fil-a, Sports Clips, and Little Caesars’s Pizza are large success stories, other franchises have left unwitting purchasers with devastating financial consequences.
Disputes may arise over:
- Geographic territory the franchisee may serve
- Products the franchisee may sell
- Services the franchisee may offer
- Prices the franchisee may charge
Franchisors require written franchise agreements. Those contracts usually provide that any dispute between the franchisor and the franchisee be resolved through binding arbitration. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin offers experience with these relevant issues, and our attorneys for business lawsuits stand ready to represent franchisees.
Although construction defect cases often arise in the residential context, businesses who own real property can also face these problems. Construction defects may be the responsibility of the general contractor, subcontractor, components manufacturer, architect, or any combination of these parties.
Possible claims include:
- Structural flaws
- Use of inferior materials
- Moisture intrusion
- Other building issues
In some instances, serious safety issues can arise. Others present threats to employee and occupant health, such as toxic mold resulting from moisture intrusion. Even those defect claims that do not bear on health and safety may potentially result in substantial monetary claims.
Business Claims Brought Against Insurers
Responsible business entities have insurance policies which cover some of the losses they may incur through personal injury, property damage, or other adverse events. However, it is not uncommon for companies to have disputes with their insurers about the scope or amount of coverage. Our firm has extensive experience dealing with insurance companies that routinely challenge plaintiffs’ claims or amount of damages in the personal injury context. We are very familiar with insurance companies’ tactics to try to minimize their payouts. These same principles apply in the assertion of claims by businesses against their insurers. In some instances the insurers’ conduct warrants bringing bad faith claims against them.
When a business hires an accounting firm to record, interpret, and communicate its financial condition, the accounting firm has a duty to perform its work in a manner consistent with industry standards, rules, and guidelines. Failure to satisfy this duty can result in injury to the company, its shareholders, or its partners. Examples include:
- Improper auditing of financial statements
- Providing inaccurate or erroneous tax guidance
- Erroneous advice regarding accounting matters
- Inventory errors
- Noncompliance with generally accepted accounting standards
This is by no means an exhaustive list of why you may need a business litigation attorney to try to address the negligence of your accounting firm.
Legal malpractice claims can be brought against a company’s attorney for negligence.
Antitrust laws exist to promote healthy competition among businesses, resulting in fairer consumer choices and pricing. Claims may arise from such offenses as price-fixing, bid-rigging, price discrimination, predatory pricing, monopolization, “tying” agreements, territorial restrictions, and other anticompetitive acts. The cases are based on a firm’s activities which target a competitor, a distributor, or even a consumer. Here are a few examples:
- A national manufacturer with 60% of the resilient flooring market requires its distributors to purchase unwillingly its carpet products (“tying”)
- Manufacturers of gypsum collude to maintain equal pricing, resulting in consumers paying artificially inflated amounts
- A global “superstore” chain lowers its prices below cost in order to force small competitors out of the market
Antitrust violations can take many different forms and arise in many different circumstances. We are representing Mecklenburg County in an antitrust case worth hundreds of millions of dollars over bid rigging related to water drinking systems. Consult an antitrust attorney if you feel that your business is suffering due to unfair anticompetitive practices in the marketplace.
Get a Free Case Evaluation From Business Litigation Lawyers
If you have a business dispute and are seeking an attorney for a business lawsuit, contact us or call 1-866-900-7078 for a free case evaluation. We have attorneys on staff that have either litigated or settled numerous million and multimillion dollar business litigation lawsuits1. If we take your case, we will work toward developing a legal strategy to try to help maximize your recovery.
And because we operate on a contingency fee basis, there are no up-front costs, and you pay us no attorney’s fee if we cannot recover compensation for you.2 If you prefer a different fee arrangement, we can flexibly accommodate whatever best fits your balance sheet.Text Us
3 In historic litigation against the U.S. government, the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin led a team of firms to recover $1.25 billion for African-American farmers from the U.S. government for discrimination.
4 Some cases listed were handled prior to attorney’s association with the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin.