Miles & Stockbridge assists clients with contractual and quasi-contractual claims arising from a wide variety of business and trade relationships, including disputes over business acquisition and disposition agreements, disputes among partners and shareholders, disputes relating to the sale of goods and services, and distribution and franchise disputes. These cases commonly arise out of complex business and professional relationships that often raise challenging legal issues and involve significant business risk and impact.
Examples of the issues on which we advise business clients include the following:
- Business disposition cases frequently mean contentious disputes between the members of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and a variety of other entities. Such cases often involve allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, theft, or concealment of business assets. Our strong background in entity formation counsel is a key advantage in resolving such disputes.
- Distribution and franchise disputes involve highly regulated business relationships that hinge on contentious interpretations of termination standards, price discrimination, territorial allocation and contractual interpretation of licenses and agreements. We work regularly with these issues, and with the state laws that frequently impose strict limits on the rights of manufacturers and franchisors to terminate distributors and franchisees.
- The sale of goods and services encompasses a variety of contractual obligations in such forms as equipment sales and lease agreements, supply contracts, manufacturing and turnkey agreements, licensing arrangements, field service and warranty contacts, and government contracts. Our lawyers are experienced at resolving disputes on these and other issues arising under Articles 2 and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code.
In these and other commercial litigation matters, we combine legal skill, business experience and aggressive trial advocacy to provide clients with practical and effective solutions that support their strategic objectives.