Business Litigation Representation
When two or more parties or business entities are involved in a commercial transaction, disagreements, conflicts, and disputes usually occur. Such business disputes might be as a result of unfair business practices, contract breaches, breach of fiduciary duty, product liability, or conflict of interests. If you’re involved in a business dispute which results in a lawsuit, you need to speak with a seasoned Missouri business law attorney immediately to help protect your business interests.
At The Summary Law Firm, attorney Justin Summary proudly assist clients in their business lawsuits. He works to understand your challenges and craft a solid strategy to manage your case effectively. In addition, he will represent you meticulously during the court proceedings, determine the best way to resolve the business dispute, and help you achieve a beneficial outcome in your business lawsuit.
The Summary Law Firm proudly serves clients across St Louis, Missouri, and the surrounding areas of St. Louis County, St. Charles County, as well as Madison County and St. Clair County Illinois.
Common Causes of Business Disputes
A business dispute can be described as any kind of disagreement or conflict between two or more parties involved in a business transaction – over the provisions of an existing agreement. Here are some common causes of business disputes:
- Contract Dispute
- Employment Dispute
- Disputes Between Businesses
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty
- Product Liability
- Gross Negligence
- Shareholder Disputes
- Tortious Interference
- Unfair Business Practices
- Professional Negligence
- Theft or Misappropriation of Trade Secrets
- Intellectual Property Infringement
- Employment Discrimination
- Poor Dispute Resolution Practices
If you’re involved in a business dispute with another party or business entity, you need to reach out to an experienced business law attorney right away. Your legal counsel can evaluate every aspect of your unique situation, review the terms of the previously signed agreement, and determine the best way to resolve the dispute.
Understanding Contract Disputes
A contractual dispute occurs when one or both parties in a contract disagree concerning the provisions, definitions, or terms of the agreement. Contract dispute is often the primary cause of every business dispute. No matter the commercial dispute, it generally comes back to the contract and what was previously signed or agreed upon.
Common Contract Disputes
Here are some common examples of business contract disputes:
- Breach of Contract
- Disputes With Commercial Lease Agreements
- Partnership Disputes
- Consumer Contract Dispute
- Business-to-Business Disagreements
- Covenants Not to Compete
- General Liability
- Violating the terms of the Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)
A trusted lawyer can carefully investigate the provisions and terms of the contract, identify the conditions that were breached, and determine the best course of action.
Elements of a Breach of Contract
A breach of contract occurs when a party to a legally binding business agreement violates the terms or conditions of the agreement or fails to fulfill their expected contractual duties. In order to establish a breach of contract claim in Missouri, the claimant must prove the following elements:
- There was a legally binding or valid contract, including the important terms.
- The claimant performed their expected obligations, duties, or part of the contract.
- The defendant breached, violated, or failed to perform their expected obligations or part of the contract.
- The claimant suffered actual damages or harm as a result of the defendant’s breach of contract.
A practiced attorney can help file your breach of contract claims, establish liability, and determine the available options to resolve the business dispute.
Resolving a Dispute
Here are some available options to settle a business dispute:
Mediation: Mediation requires all parties involved in the business dispute to come together to discuss a possible resolution. A neutral third party – the mediator or mediation attorney – will help facilitate the discussion between the disputing parties and help negotiate a possible compromise.
Arbitration: Arbitration requires all parties involved in the business dispute to submit evidence and testimony to one or more arbitrators. The arbitrator will review the available evidence and facts and determine the best way to resolve the dispute.
Litigation: Additionally, if the parties are unable to settle the disputes through mediation or arbitration, they may pursue litigation. Business litigation involves calling upon a private judge or jury to help resolve the business dispute through the court system.
Dissolution: However, if the business relationship is completely broken, dissolving the company may be the next option. Business dissolution is the legal and formal closure of a corporate or business entity within the state. Once dissolved, such a business will not be liable for debts and taxes.
A trusted lawyer can enlighten you about the benefits and drawbacks of each business dispute resolution option and determine the right one to pursue.
Rely on Strong Legal Assistance
Unfortunately, a business dispute can affect your operations or eat up precious time and financial resources. Therefore, when involved in a business dispute or litigation, it is imperative that you retain a highly-skilled business law attorney for detailed guidance and to help protect your interests in the business.
With more than 17 years of broad experience, attorney Summary has everything necessary to represent clients in their business litigation. Whether you’re defending your business from a lawsuit or filing a business lawsuit against another person or entity, he can represent you intelligently at every phase of the business litigation. Also, he will focus on your best interests and help you achieve the most favorable outcome.
If you’re involved in a business dispute with another business or entity and need assistance with litigation, contact The Summary Law Firm today at 314-673-1475 for an initial consultation and the comprehensive representation and reliable legal guidance you need. You can also get in touch using this email form.