Resolving Business Disputes And Shareholder Litigation
At Roderick Linton Belfance, LLP, we are known for our ability to successfully try cases involving a great breadth of issues involving business and commercial disputes. We regularly handle cases involving alleged breaches of contract, business torts, unfair business practices, as well as other types of business litigation.
Developing Personalized Litigation Strategies
Most business disputes involve an allegation that one or both parties have not lived up to the obligations of an agreement between them. Our lawyers are skilled in developing the evidence necessary to demonstrate the parties’ intentions in contracting and in fashioning the legal arguments that will best enable our client to enforce its contractual rights.
While we are equipped to handle any type of contract dispute, we regularly litigate cases involving the sale of businesses and their assets, construction contracts, insurance disputes, shareholder actions, employment disputes and disputes between partners or members of limited liability corporations. We also regularly litigate cases affected by the Uniform Commercial Code (“U.C.C.”), including contracts involving the sale of goods, security interests and loan transactions, and banking procedures.
Addressing Allegations Of Improper Conduct
Oftentimes, business disputes transcend the simple contractual relationship between the parties and spill over into allegations of improper conduct, including fraud, negligent misrepresentation, interferences with contractual relations and other types of bad faith activity.
The theories of recovery are sometimes based on common law (e.g., fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and negligent misrepresentation) and sometimes may be matters of statute (e.g., racketeering laws, consumer protection laws, and laws relating to unfair trade practices). Our lawyers are battle-tested in both prosecuting and defending these claims and have the “know how” to achieve results for our clients.
Defending The Rights Of Shareholders
At Roderick Linton Belfance, LLP, we represent shareholders of corporations, partners of partnerships and members of limited liability companies in disputes ranging from issues of equitable participation in the business entity to its forced liquidation. Through our decades of legal experience, we have come to know and understand the laws that apply business entities and the rights of business owners and the obligations of managers, officers and directors created by that law.
Using our experience and expertise, we provide effective legal counsel and aggressively champion our clients’ interests throughout Ohio in disputes involving:
- Shareholder disputes
- Breach of fiduciary duty and self-dealing
- Minority owner rights
- Buyout agreements and buyout rights
- Corporate deadlock disputes
- Shareholder appraisal rights