Business Litigation

Butzel Long is unique in the modern era of "litigation." In a time when few business litigators have ever tried a case, and even fewer have tried a complex business dispute, clients regularly hire Butzel Long to try high-risk business disputes across the United States. Every member of our business litigation team regularly appears in state or federal courts and before arbitration panels in hearings or trials. There is simply no exception for actual trial or arbitration experience. As a result of our efficient and cost effective approach to litigation, Butzel Long's business litigators have been recognized as some of the nations best lawyers. Our business litigation team includes American College of Trial Lawyer and Litigation Counsel of America fellows, receipients of the highest peer review designation (AV) with Martindale Hubbel, and both Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers - General Counsel Edition. Clients hire us because we are smart and experienced. Our business litigators have tried or arbitrated a full spectrum of business disputes, including complex cases involving automobile recalls, supplier disputes, securities litigation, shareholder disputes, trade secret or intellectual property claims, and large commercial or industrial construction disputes. We strive to resolve every case within our client's goal as quickly and cost effectively as possible. But sometime settlement is not possible and Butzel Long never shys away from trial or arbitration if we cannot amicably achieve our client's goal. No other large full-service firm can match our trial skills and in-court experience.

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  • Successful representation of Taiwanese aquarium heating device manufacturer, obtaining summary dismissal of indemnity and contribution claims brought by insurance carrier
  • Represented party in their claim of fraudulent misrepresentation against seller of business
  • Defense of registered representative in connection with adversary proceeding concerning multimillion dollar claims for fraudulent transfer
  • Successfully positioned the defense of breach of contract dispute concerning the sale of a business so that plaintiff withdrew its claim with prejudice in the middle of arbitration.
  • Obtained a “no cause” jury verdict in client’s favor in a dispute regarding alleged joint venture obligations between two tech-sector companies
  • Represented an international telecommunications equipment manufacturer in ICDR arbitration against its former component supplier regarding breaches of supply agreement, as well as resulting expenses and lost profit.
  • Obtained dismissal by summary disposition in legal malpractice case
  • Represented plaintiff in multi-million supply contract dispute
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of automotive supplier, dismissing lower tier supplier’s breach of contract claims
  • Obtained jury verdict in favor of Defendant in a $5 million lawsuit brought by a major hospital/health care system in connection with an acquisition of client’s optometric centers.
  • Biewer v. Coe. Represented defendant/counter-plaintiff in multi-million dollar commercial case.
  • Successfully represented residential real estate multi-list entity in antitrust dispute.
  • Defense of foreign bank in “clawback” litigation commenced by Fairfield Sentry, significant “feeder fund” to Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities.
  • Successfully represented Tier 1 Automotive Supplier in breach of contract action in the United States District Court, North District of Illinois.
  • Successfully prosecuted claim of seller of a business for increase in purchase price based on terms of stock-purchase agreement and post-closing adjustment process
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of seller in claims arising out of acquisition of Tier II automotive supplier
  • Tried case before Connecticut state court on behalf of plaintiff, seeking damages for breach of contract by hedge fund in a related federal action, prosecuted stock valuation claims, and defended trade secret counterclaims, against hedge fund manager
  • Obtained a multi-million dollar award in favor of national retailer, securing a refund of millions of dollars in sales taxes paid on bad-debt sales
  • Prosecution of hundreds of preference actions on behalf of major automotive supplier
  • Successful representation of automotive supply client against claims arising out of nickel price surcharges
  • Represented employer in successfully obtaining injunction against picket line violence.
  • Fraudulent misrepresentation, civil theft and conversion
  • Represented limited partners against a general partner that was a major investment bank for breach of fiduciary duties involving the sale of partnership assets
  • Successfully positioned client at trial to obtain a significant settlement on behalf of the defendant/counter-plaintiff in a dispute alleging breach of contract and fraudulent inducement relating to the sale of electrical control panel company.
  • Defended and won summary judgment in favor of a national insurance company, dismissing claims of breach of contract and wrongful termination brought up by former employee.
  • Successfully represented a national joint venture training center operating a program assisting UAW members to obtain personal computers. We won a verdict of no cause in our client's favor in jury trial.
  • Successfully concluded an internal investigation for automotive manufacturer
  • Represented a major pharmaceutical company prosecuting claims against its contract manufacturer regarding a recall of the product at issue and related breaches of the client’s rights, leading to a favorable settlement of the client’s claims.
  • Successfully arbitrated multi-million dollar actuarial malpractice claim affecting client’s pension obligations
  • Represented major bank in defendant claims by beneficiary of a $3.5 million letter of credit
  • Defended client in fraud claims relating to sale of business
  • Sales commission case; obtain summary judgment for employer
  • Whitesell Corp. v. Whirlpool Corp. Represented plaintiff in action for multiple breaches of a supply contract. After a 4 week jury trial, obtained a $25.7 million dollar jury verdict in client’s favor and no-cause on Defendant’s counterclaim.
  • Successfully defended client against a $1 million arbitration claim from a Mergers & Acquistions firm on the grounds of changing the structure of a deal to avoid a fee.
  • Represented tier 1 auto supplier in contract dispute against OEM; settled in favor of our client
  • Representation of national independent sales representative organization in numerous contract disputes with suppliers
  • Representation of official equity committee in chapter 11 proceedings of major cable company
  • Obtained judgment (and affirmance in the Court of Appeals) in favor of commercial real estate purchaser to enforce hotel property acquisition agreement
  • Successfully defended owners of a business against claims by private equity firm that final agreement had been reached for stock sale
  • Recovered multi-million dollar settlement for a European food services company in a dispute with a Michigan manufacturer and distributor
  • Defended party in contract dispute
  • Successfully represented Tier 1 Automotive Supplier in breach of contract disputes with its supply base.
  • Argued case under the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of commodity customer with resulting favorable opinion ruling that implied right of action exists under the CEA.
  • Contract dispute
  • Defended party in business fraud action
  • Action for sales commissions; obtain jury verdict for plaintiff
  • Successful representation of shareholder client against claims of oppression and breach of fiduciary duty
  • Obtained trial judgment in favor of defendant-client and an award on client’s counter-claim arising out of diamond-cutting machine manufacturer’s retention of personnel search firm
  • Recovered substantial settlement in favor of shareholder client on claims of corporate mismanagement, oppression, and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with client’s investment in Northern Michigan technology company
  • Obtained summary judgment of claims against private equity fund client
  • Negotiation of complex Settlement Agreement with an OEM of claims arising under long-term Supply Agreement
  • Provide general litigation counsel to multi-national technology and outsourcing company
  • Successfully arbitrated multi-million dollar supply dispute between aerospace supplier and aircraft manufacturer
  • Breach of commercial contract case; summary judgment in state court
  • SEC Enforcement Action: Corporate Representation Regarding Alleged GAAP Accounting Irregularities
  • Defense of trip and fall lawsuit against an assisted living facility
  • Defended and Represented counter-claimant in aviation supplier litiigation
  • Johnson Controls, Inc. v. Jay Industries. Represented Plaintiff in commercial litigation (jury trial, appeal and related arbitration). Obtained verdict in client’s favor in excess of $4M. 459 F.3d 717 (6th Cir. 2006).
  • Successfully arbitrated and obtained $7.2 million award, including $675,000 in attorney fees and costs, in breach of contract dispute between aerospace supplier and aircraft manufacturer.
  • CMACO Automotive Systems, Inc. v. Wanxiang America Corp. Represented defendant in commercial supply dispute. Summary judgment in client’s favor upheld on appeal. 589 F.3d 235 (6th Cir. 2009).
  • Representation of corporate and individual defendants in direct action brought by partner in connection with operation of an international food services business
  • Successfully defeated class certification of putative class action suit brought against industrial client
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of national financial institution on claims to enforce loan covenants
  • Represented in-store advertiser in opposition to debtor’s motion to reject retail advertising license agreement in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, N.D. Illinois.
  • Represented employer in defending § 1983 suit brought by unions and media bringing RICO counterclaim.  Successfully survived multiple motions to dismiss RICO counterclaim.
  • Represented fastener supplier plaintiff in action for multiple breaches of a supply contract.
  • Represented plaintiff in breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties action stemming from collapse of global financial services firm in U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y.
  • Successfully represented crash-test dummy manufacturer against claims brought by sales representative asserting commissions associated with purported Asian sales
  • Defense of registered representative and investor in fraudulent transfer litigation commenced by Madoff Trustee.
  • Defended a “bet-your-company” breach of contract and fraud case on behalf of a publicly held broker-dealer in California federal court
  • Represented major bank in claim against another major bank for breach of acquisition agreement
  • Successful appellate representation of real estate purchaser, asserting fraud-based claims against the seller
  • Representation of major electronics manufacturers in numerous actions involving disputes with major accounts
  • Represented Travelers Insurance against a workers' compensation price fixing conspiracy claim (American Association of Retired Persons v. National Surety Corp.).
  • Broadcast tower lease dispute; summary judgment for lessor
  • Automotive supplier dispute
  • Defended client in contract dispute
  • Conducted successful defense of a case brought by New York insurer against Latin American bank for fraud, breach of contract, interference with contract, and other claims
  • Defense of CEO of energy company in corporate derivative action involving claims of self dealing transactions
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of policyholder seeking insurance coverage for personal injury claims against body armor manufacturer
  • Successfully defended corporation against former executives' lawsuit regarding deferred compensation plan.
  • Representation of business owners in contested buyout and corporate dissolution proceedings
  • Represented individual bondholders against the Republic of Argentina and the Province of Buenos Aires