Sharp attention to detail combined with the ability to process a lot of information and think of the strategic big picture is the essence of success in any field of law, but perhaps no more so than in cases involving complex commercial and business litigation. The attorneys at Lippitt O’Keefe, PLLC have been handling important and challenging cases for over 25 years.
There are some basic attributes of complex cases:
- The raw amount of documentation to be processed and analyzed
- The technical nature of the underlying issues in the case
- The number of parties involved in the litigation
- The amount of money at stake in the outcome
- The complexity of the financial relationships between the parties
- The potential length of the legal deliberations
- The number of geographic areas that may have jurisdiction
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Examples of Complex Commercial Litigation
There are a wide range of cases that can be considered complex.
Here are some of the most common:
Class Action Lawsuits
A class action lawsuit arises when a group of people believe they have been wronged on the same grounds. Instead of having hundreds of individual lawsuits, everyone’s cause of action is bundled together into a class action lawsuit. The nature of these lawsuits often means that larger businesses are the defendants — businesses with considerable legal resources at their disposal. An experienced lawyer can give plaintiffs a better chance at a fair settlement.
Intellectual Property Disputes
Intellectual property (IP) differs from “ordinary” property in that IP is a creation of the mind. It can refer to music, art, or literary works. In the business sense, it likely refers to logos, graphic design works, computer code, and scientific breakthroughs. A business can own IP as surely as they can own the land their building rests on, through copyright, trademark, or patent. When disputes arise over who owns IP rights or how much they are worth, a lawyer should be called.
Trade secrets are a specific form of intellectual property. One difference between the two is that trade secrets are not protected by patent or copyright. Patents and copyrights, while protected, are made public — trade secrets are not. They are, however, considered valuable to a business and known only to a select group of people. An attorney can advise you on how to keep this information protected, from best practices on security to confidentiality agreements with involved employees.
Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Business partners have disputes. The shareholders of publicly traded corporations can as well. Legal counsel may be required to get the disputes resolved in a satisfactory manner. Resolution may require going through a company’s financial books. It may require litigation in multiple jurisdictions if the firm has more than one main office. Everyone from the owners of a business to the board of directors to the C-level executives to the shareholders have fiduciary responsibilities to each other. An experienced attorney can work with a client to determine if their rights have indeed been violated and what the proper redress is.
General Breach of Contract Disputes
Breach of contract is a fundamental dispute over whether the terms of a contract have been violated. Sometimes, this breach can be simple, but other times, it can be complex. Contractual relationships between companies, contractors, and subcontractors can start to cross jurisdictional lines and involve multiple agreements between different parties.
Winning complex commercial litigation cases requires certain skill sets and resources. Lippitt O’Keefe, PLLC has been handling these types of cases for over 25 years.
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