Complex civil litigation generally encompasses lawsuits involving multiple parties, complex or novel issues of law and complicated factual matters. Usually such cases involve parties from various jurisdictions, may require expert witnesses, and often involve extensive discovery proceedings. Below are some examples of practice areas in which the Firm may provide legal assistance directly to the litigants or in conjunction with other counsel (e.g., by serving as co-counsel or local counsel):
Business Disputes. The Firm provides legal assistance in resolving business matters, such as shareholders’ rights, partnership disputes, franchising disputes, and unfair business practices – e.g., fraud, misrepresentation, defamation, misappropriation of trade secrets or proprietary and confidential information, interference with existing or prospective contractual relationship, bad faith and unfair dealing.
Construction and Home Improvements Litigation. Construction litigation includes claims arising out of defective construction and/or defective materials. Usually such lawsuits involve numerous parties and require extensive discovery as well as expert witness testimony. Home improvements litigation involves disputes arising out of the poor workmanship, inferior or defective materials, substantial noncompliance with the contractual terms, etc. In most cases, such litigation will require one or more experts and may involve multiple parties.
Antitrust and Trade Regulation. Antitrust or competition laws aim to protect trade from unfair restraints, such as monopolies and price-fixing, and to promote competition for the benefit of consumers. The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice are the main enforcers of the U.S. antitrust laws. However, the main antitrust federal statutes – the Sherman Act and the Clayton Act, as amended by the Robinson-Patman Act – as well as many state antitrust laws provide for the private causes of action, enabling businesses and, in some instances, even consumers to file lawsuits for certain violations of the antitrust laws.
Multidistrict Litigation. Multidistrict litigation is defined as litigation consisting of numerous individual lawsuits involving same or substantially similar legal issues and claims, which may be filed in numerous parts of the country but are consolidated in one district (court) for the purpose of pretrial proceedings. Transferring the individual cases to one district allows more efficient use of judicial resources and provides for consistency in pretrial rulings.
In addition to offering legal services directly to the parties, the Firm may also serve as a local counsel to other law firms who are in need of local assistance in the courts where we are authorized to practice.