Commercial Business Litigation

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TELEPHONE NUMBER
714-557-7990
EMAIL ADDRESS
jfarrow@mrllp.com

Overview

Our clients’ bottom lines and their business objectives are top of mind whenever lawyers from M&R’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group are called upon for representation.

The firm’s business litigators handle virtually all types of disputes wherever they may arise—in federal and states courts nationwide, in the administrative and regulatory setting, and before arbitrators and mediators from coast to coast. No matter the facts or law at issue, our approach to every case is exacting, thorough, strategic and, above all, effective.

We comprehensively evaluate cases upon intake and then typically work to achieve favorable early resolutions to the extent possible and appropriate. When settlement isn’t in the cards, we aggressively litigate through trial with a singular focus: victory.

What we offer that sets us apart from other litigation firms is a nuanced understanding of our clients’ industries, and this consistently leads to success. It also informs an unmatched level of representation that’s tailored to our clients’ unique legal and operational needs.

Areas of Expertise

Business & Contract Disputes
Civil Fraud Defense
ERISA
False Advertising Claims
Insurance Litigation
Partnership Disputes
Products Liability
Professional Liability Defense
RICO Cases
Securities & Commodities Enforcement
Shareholder Litigation
Trade Secret & Misappropriation Litigation
Unfair Competition Claims

Representative Matters

Successfully defended a multi-national insurance company in a case stemming from the plaintiff’s falsification of an application for worker’s compensation insurance, which ultimately led to the policy’s cancellation. Obtained a complete dismissal of the case after a successful Anti-SLAPP motion and secured $140,000 in monetary sanctions.

Represented IT Consulting Division of Fortune 100 electronics company in a nine-week jury trial in Hayward, California. The case involved breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of duty of loyalty relating to the establishment of a competing company by senior executives of client and resulted in a multi-million-dollar jury verdict against former employees.

Obtained an eight-figure verdict after a seven-day federal court trial on behalf of a full-service global private aviation company that sued its former Assistant Director of Operations for breach of contract and intentional interference with contractual relations due to the former employee’s theft of customers.

Represented small businesses in first of its kind federal court lawsuit against U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the Treasury Department, as well as the U.S. Small Business Administration and its administrator, Jovita Carranza, seeking to nullify guidance issued by the SBA in tandem with Treasury that ostensibly reimposes a so-called “credit elsewhere test” as a criteria for loans made pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program.

Obtained a verdict in the neighborhood of $10 million on behalf of the leading U.S. variety distributor of specialty and organic fresh produce and products to supermarkets nationwide in a case against its former head of information technology and a related vendor involving a fraudulent invoicing scheme.

Successfully defended a fund manager sued by a state pension seeking $25 million in damages. Following nearly five years of protracted litigation, obtained a complete dismissal of the case against our client by way of a litigation strategy that examined the methods of pension plan investment.

Represented private equity firm and its Senior Managing Director in connection with an investment in a food product company that became insolvent. Obtained summary judgment in actions venued in superior and bankruptcy court in favor of director and PE firm.

Successfully defended a high-profile private equity firm being investigated by several governmental agencies, including the SEC and DOJ and multiple offices of the attorney general, which together sought a $30+ million fine to be imposed upon our client. After years of litigation in eight different jurisdictions, resolved the matter with “closing letters” stating the investigation was over, and later obtained a $9 million investigation reimbursement from a third party.

Successfully defended a company’s CEO, executives and board members against a lawsuit filed by shareholders who claimed that the defendants duped them into selling shares just before the company was sold at a premium. Prior to our involvement in the dispute, the defendants, who were then represented by other counsel, tentatively agreed to settle the case for approximately $40 million.

Obtained a massive and unheard of $250,000 sanctions award and—ultimately—terminating sanctions on behalf of our client, a leading manufacturer and distributor of medical scrubs, in a trademark infringement lawsuit against a competitor that was marred by defendant’s litigation misconduct and disregard of the court’s orders pertaining to discovery.

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