Complex Commercial and Business DisputesTrial Behavior has worked on hundreds of complex commercial and business disputes.  Case types have included contract disputes over partnerships, service contracts, leases and purchases as well as business torts involving fraud, fiduciary duties and tortuous interference. Here are some of our client successes over the years:

AKD/AAD Constructors vs. Tutor-Saliba Corporation, et al.
Castle & Lax
Superior Court, Los Angeles County, CA

AKT vs. Charles Summers
Downey Brand
Superior Court, Sacramento County, CA

Alameda Belt Line v. City of Alameda
Dang & Trachuk
Superior Court, Alameda County, CA

Cooper, et al. vs. Chapman University
Law Offices of Jennifer L. Keller
Superior Court, Orange County, CA

DeLage Landen Financial Services, Inc. vs. Premiere Radio Networks, Inc.
Fox & Spillane
Superior Court, Los Angeles County, CA

Echelon Group, LLC vs. San Miguel Associates, et al.
Jones Day
Superior Court, San Francisco County, CA

El Dorado Irrigation District vs. Traylor Brothers
McKenna, Long & Aldridge
U.S. District Court, Sacramento, CA

Gramercy Warehoue Funding vs. Cupertino Square
Greenberg Traurig
Superior Court, Santa Clara County, CA

Gutierrez vs. Gutierrez
Downey Brand
Superior Court, Stanislaus County, CA

Hub City vs. City of Compton
Goodstein & Berman
Superior Court, Los Angeles County, CA

Konvitz vs. Matte
O’Neill, Lysaght & Sun, LLP
U.S. District Court, Los Angeles, CA

R4 Holdings & Hill Intl. vs.
Snell & Wilmer
Superior Court, Orange County, CA

Redwood Christian Schools vs. County of Alameda
Keker & Van Nest LLP
U.S. District Court, San Francisco, CA

SPM vs. Toshiba Machine
Kelly, hart & Hallman, PC
County Court, Tarrant County, TX

Steven Bochco Productions vs. 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, et al.
O’Neill, Lysaght & Sun, LLP
Superior Court, Los Angeles County, CA

Wade vs. Diamite Corporation
Berliner, Cohen & Biagini
Superior Court, Santa Clara County, CA

Wimar Tahoe Corporation vs. Park Cattle Company
Downey Brand LLP
County Court, Douglas County, NV

In our experience, the facts do not speak for themselves in most complex commercial cases and business torts cases. The facts in a particular case may seem to clearly favor one side, but in unraveling the order of events and the choices each party made along the way, often the case is not closed nor the verdict a ‘done deal’. Successfully unraveling the events and weaving a persuasive narrative are some key challenges in these cases.

Some recent contract cases that went to trial include:

  • General Nanotechnology v Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The plaintiff, an inventor, claimed breach of agreement, implied covenant of fair dealing and fraud. Resulted in defense verdict.
  • AKT v Charles Summers. This case included claims of fraud, breach of contract, and fiduciary duty in a real estate joint venture. The claims were brought by a well-known local businessman and philanthropist, providing a unique challenge. With our assistance, the trial resulted in a defense verdict.
  • Park Cattle Company v. Wimar Tahoe Corporation. This case involved a claim for enforcement of ground lease, breach of contract, and rescission. Because it was a very complicated, fact intensive matter, it required a lot of time and creativity to explain to the jury. After a two month trial, the case settled prior to closing for the largest civil settlement in Nevada history, $165 million – a testament to the success of our team.