Commercial litigation attorneys handle disputes that are directly related to your core business functions. This usually involves sales, distribution, product integrity, trade secrets, and regulatory compliance. Whether your company is a defendant or a plaintiff, it is important to have advice from an experienced commercial litigation attorney to help you determine an appropriate strategy.
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Businesses need knowledgeable attorneys to handle business disputes.
Whether a large global corporation or a one-person operation, chances are your business will be involved in some type of legal dispute with a government agency, or a business partner, vendor, customer, or shareholder. Commercial litigation attorneys handle business disputes that are directly related to your core business. These cases usually involve sales, distribution, product integrity, trade secrets, and regulatory compliance, and could include any or all of the following:
- Lawsuits by shareholders and investors or lawsuits involving entities with a fiduciary responsibility to the company
- Contract disputes between a company and its vendors, customers/clients, franchisees or employees
- Partnership and joint venture disputes
- Intellectual property disputes including copyright, patent, trademark and/or trade secret claims
- Violations of government regulations such as noncompliance with health and safety, antitrust, environmental, employment and other local, state, and federal laws that govern businesses.
- Antitrust and RICO (racketeering)
- Class action and other consumer claims related to fraud, product defects or privacy violations
Options for resolving commercial disputes
Commercial disputes are resolved by litigation or another dispute resolution process. A result may come as a result of:
- Out-of-court settlement. The parties involved in the dispute may choose to have their attorneys negotiate and settle without involving the court system.
- Arbitration. An alternate dispute resolution process is arbitration. Arbitration is often simpler and could be less expensive than going to court. Both parties select an arbitrator or panel of arbitrators. The result is binding and is usually not made public.
- Mediation. In mediation, a neutral third party trained in negotiation helps both parties reach an agreement. The result of mediation is not usually made public.
- Litigation. A civil or criminal court judgment or jury trial is usually the most expensive and time-consuming way to resolve disputes. The proceedings and resolution are usually made public.
- Regulatory hearing. Government agencies hold hearings and negotiate settlements in disputes with businesses. As part of the regulatory hearing process, government agencies may request comments from interested parties. Decisions may be made by an individual or by a panel of regulators, commissioners, or hiring officers.
Though more than 95 percent of commercial disputes are resolved without a court trial or regulatory hearing, in some cases, litigation can be the best option. If you are involved in a commercial dispute, you should discuss your options with an attorney experienced in all of these commercial dispute resolution methods.
Contact Attorney Joseph L. Piccin of Dougherty, Hanneman & Piccin, LLC at (614) 659-9616 (office) or (614) 354-1099 (mobile) for a consultation. We will work with all of our clients to help them achieve the best outcome possible and sustain peace of mind.