Butzel attorneys try high-risk, complex business disputes across the United States. Our business and commercial litigation team regularly appears in state courts, federal courts, and before arbitration panels. We have tried and 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. Our team strives to resolve every case within our client's goal as quickly and cost effectively as possible. Our efficient approach to litigation has earned our attorneys national recognition. We have colleagues who are fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of America. They have Martindale-Hubbell AV ratings, and they are listed in the Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, and Super Lawyers.


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  • Represented battery supplier seeking to recover research and development costs
  • Represented the largest car rental firm in defense of an antitrust case brought by smaller car rental firms alleging exclusionary practices in obtaining on-airport franchise locations
  • Obtained a $6,900,000 sales tax refund judgment (and appellate affirmance) in favor of a national retail chain
  • Asserted copyright infringement claims on behalf of the owners of copyrights associated with computer code
  • Successfully defended and defeated class certification motions in a multi-million dollar Florida concrete antitrust action
  • Successfully obtained summary disposition for the defendant seller of a classic race car against plaintiff seeking $1 million for breach of contract and fraud
  • Prevailed on Motion for Summary Disposition on behalf of our client, an anchor tenant in a shopping center, and against the landlord who claimed wrongful termination of the lease
  • Acted as local counsel on behalf of a company accused of cybersquatting
  • Represented U.S. subsidiary of global German electronics company regarding breaches of subcontract under a U.S. government contract in Washington, D.C. based AAA arbitration
  • Represented global retail chain of business service centers in noncompete and breach of contract case in the Monroe County (Mich.) Circuit Court
  • Represented an international media conglomerate in connection with the European Commission's investigation into Google's actions in the online search market
  • Successfully arbitrated breach of supply contract between aerospace supplier and aircraft manufacturer.
  • Represented a class of large investors in an investment program against a large investment bank and advisor in a class action in federal court for the Southern District of New York under the securities laws and achieved a $50 million settlement
  • Represented a casualty insurance carrier situated in Arizona in an action against one of the largest national banks in the country. The case alleges claims for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty and seeks damages of $24 million.
  • Asserted breach of distributor agreement claims on behalf of licensor of copyrighted computer code
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