Hard-Line Litigation Trial Lawyers Serving Wayzata Residents
Merrigan, Brandt & Ostenso, PA. has more than six decades of experience litigating business lawsuits. From shareholder disputes to employee lawsuits, we work tirelessly to protect your interests in and out of court. Our lawyers will assess your case and help you make informed decisions.
Common types of commercial litigation
“Commercial litigation” refers to any civil lawsuit involving business issues. The most common business claims our clients face include:
Breach of Contract — A “breach” occurs when one party fails to perform its obligations. Disputes often arise regarding the exact terms of the agreement or how the breach should be remedied. When informal resolution fails, the parties often turn to the courts.
Fraud and Misrepresentation — Fraud is defined as a dishonest act intended to gain something of value or to damage someone else. The most basic business fraud is misrepresentation — making false statements, such as inaccurate earnings data. Fraudulent business practices also include nondisclosure, misleading advertising, coercion, tortious interference and embezzlement.
Shareholder Disputes — A stockholder may want to divest or one group of shareholders may want to remove another. Minority shareholders may claim the majority is not acting in the best interests of the company. When these or other issues cannot be resolved, shareholders can ask the court to intervene.
Partnership Disagreements — Most business disagreements between partners can be managed informally in accordance with the governing agreement they initially signed. However, business disputes can escalate to a business lawsuit. When mediation and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms fail, business owners may file a lawsuit or elect to dissolve their partnership.
Franchise Issues — Issues around franchise agreements may include nonpayment of royalty or marketing fees, earnings claims, encroachment, failure to train/support and franchise termination.
The MBOC promise
Businesses involved in civil litigation often have a lot on the line. Our lawyers understand this and devote the full resources of the firm to every client. We have decades of courtroom experience and will bring one-on-one attention to your case.