Commercial litigation is a complex area of the law involving business disputes such as claims for breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and other similar tort and contract claims.
If your firm needs legal assistance in a commercial litigation claim, the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson can help.
Commercial Litigation Claims at Heygood, Orr & Pearson
At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, our success stems from the fact that our attorneys are trial attorneys in the truest sense and have tried hundreds of cases to verdict. Among our team are numerous attorneys who are board certified* and who have been selected to the Super Lawyers List, a Thomson Reuters publication, in the state of Texas for numerous years in a row.** Our firm is AV-rated, the highest legal and ethical rating available from the leading law firm rating service.
Whether we are representing a huge, multi-national corporation or a small local business, we provide every commercial client with the care and attention they deserve. We understand that even cases with modest dollar amounts in controversy may constitute “bet the company” litigation for some smaller businesses. And we understand that although large corporations with millions of dollars at stake may be willing to spare no expense to defend themselves, their legal representation should nonetheless be cost-effective and efficient. For that reason, we will often offer our clients flexible fee structures such as contingent fees, flat fees, reduced hourly fees with a bonus payment contingent on success and reverse contingent fees.
Our commercial litigation experience, as well as our overall level of trial experience, is virtually unmatched. Additionally, we have the personnel and financial resources to take on even the largest and most sophisticated adversaries and prevail.
Types of Commercial Litigation Claims
At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, our expertise and experience spans all areas of commercial litigation. Our attorneys have handled cases involving such claims as:
- Breach of employee non-disclosure agreements: Employees who violate their non-disclosure agreements may damage a company’s business interests through copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, patent infringement, or other disclosures. Companies whose employees have violated their NDA may be able to recover damages under the terms of the agreement.
- Breach of fiduciary duty: Fiduciary duty involves situations in which one party, such as a corporate board member or an investment advisor, has a duty to act in the best interests of another party. When parties with a fiduciary duty use corporate property or assets for their personal gain, or exploit a corporate opportunity for their personal interest, they may be in breach of their fiduciary duty.
- Breach of non-competition or non-solicitation agreements: Non-competition agreements bar employees from competing against their former employers for a certain period of time after leaving the company. This may include working in the same industry or geographic area as the former employer. Non-solicitation agreements bar former employees from contacting their former employer’s employees in the hopes of hiring them for their new company. Violations of non-competition or non-solicitation agreements by former employees may entitle the company that employed them to take legal action.
- Breach of contract: When one or more parties to an agreement fails to honor the terms of the contract, interferes with another party’s fulfillment of the terms, or communicates its intent not to abide by the agreement, this conduct may constitute a breach of contract. Businesses or individuals who are the victims of breach of contract may be entitled to recover damages and attorneys’ fees.
- Insurance coverage disputes: Insurance coverage disputes involve situations in which an insurance company and the insured individual or business disagree over the nature or amount that is covered under an existing policy. In some cases, these insurance disputes may be the result of bad faith actions on the part of the insurance company.
- Securities fraud: Securities fraud (also known as stock or investment fraud) involves the use of false or misleading information to induce investors to make an investment, often resulting in financial losses. Securities fraud can also involve other kinds of illegal actions, including embezzlement, front running, insider trading, lying to auditors, misstatements on corporate financial reports, and stock manipulation.
- Slander and libel: Defamatory statements – whether made verbally or in print – can cause tremendous reputational damage and harm to the business interests or career prospects of the person who is the victim of defamation. Businesses or individuals who are the victim of slander or libel may be able to file a lawsuit against the party responsible for these defamatory claims and collect relief.
- Tortious interference: Tortious interference involves situations in which a party purposefully damages another individuals’ or business’s relationship with a third party, causing them to suffer economic damage. Tortious interference can also be referred to as intentional interference with contractual relations. In situations where tortious interference has occurred, the individual or business who was been harmed may be entitled to seek damages from the party who interfered with its third party relationship.
- Unfair competition: The law protects individuals and private companies from other businesses that engage in deceptive business practices. Types of unfair competition may include defamation, false or misleading representations, misappropriation of trade secrets, trademark infringement, and price gouging or other unfair pricing strategies.
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Regardless of the type of claim, the size of the client or the complexity of the dispute, Heygood, Orr & Pearson has the legal ability, financial wherewithal and level of commitment necessary to successfully represent the interests of any commercial client.
If you or your company is in need of representation in a commercial dispute, contact Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free legal consultation about your case. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by following this link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few brief questions to get started.
* Michael Heygood, James Craig Orr, Jr. and Eric Pearson are all Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law — Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
** Michael Heygood, James Craig Orr, Jr. and Eric Pearson were selected to the Super Lawyers List, a Thomson Reuters publication, for the years 2003 through 2014.