At Antonoplos & Associates, our group of DC business dispute lawyers has over 20 years of experience advising and acting for small businesses, large corporations, partnerships, joint ventures, shareholders, business owners, directors, officers, executives, and even creditors.

Business Disputes

General business disputes can occur within any business structure with multiple partners or officials including partnerships, corporations, or joint ventures. Furthermore, if these disputes are not identified and dealt with quickly and discreetly, these issues could have long term effects on the business’s profitability and reputation with their customers and other companies within their specific community.

Choose Antonoplos & Associates

At Antonoplos & Associates, our DC business dispute lawyers have over 20 years of experience working with a wide variety of business clients. From this experience, our group of attorneys can quickly understand your individual legal issues and quickly create a plan to resolve the problems you face. Furthermore, our lawyers have knowledge and experience in the management of business disputes including bringing forth or defending against urgent equitable remedies that are available through the court system.

Examples of Business Litigation

Business disputes can arise in a wide variety of circumstances, including:

  • Asset Sale Disputes
  • Abuse of Trust
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duties
  • Partnership Agreement Breach
  • Breach of Shareholders’ Agreement
  • Joint Venture Agreement Breach
  • Breach of Director’s Duties
  • Business Asset Sale Dispute
  • Business Disputes
  • Breach of Contract
  • Business Litigation
  • Dispute of Business or Partnership Sale
  • Business Ownership Dispute
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Business Owners Dispute
  • Buy-Out Rights and Obligations
  • Claims by Investors
  • Civil Fraud, Deceit, Fraudulent Misrepresentation
  • Claims by Shareholders
  • Closely Held Company Disputes
  • Claims from Sale of Business
  • Corporate Disputes
  • Corporate Governance Issues
  • Disputes Arising from Shareholders’ Agreement
  • Corporate Mismanagement
  • Dissolution of Partnership
  • Disputes Arising from Partnership Agreement
  • Share Valuation or Partnership Valuation Disputes
  • Disputes of Dissolution of Company, Partnership or Joint Venture
  • Director’s Liability and Officer’s Liability
  • Disputes Arising from Joint Venture Agreement
  • Enforcement of Partnership Agreement
  • Enforcement of Joint Venture Agreement
  • Employment Dispute (Officers and Executives)
  • Enforcement of Shareholders’ Agreement
  • Expulsion of Partner
  • Family Business Disputes
  • Fiduciary Duties
  • Misappropriation of Funds, Opportunities or Trade Secrets
  • Non-Competition Agreement
  • Misappropriation of Corporate Assets or Opportunities
  • Non-Solicitation Agreement
  • Ownership of Business Dispute
  • Partnership Agreement Dispute
  • Owners Disputes
  • Partnership Dispute
  • Personal Liability of Directors and Officers
  • Preservation of Shareholder’s Rights
  • Partnership Valuation
  • Preservation of Partner’s Rights
  • Sale of Business Disputes
  • Disputes Concerning Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT)
  • Shareholders’ Agreement Disputes
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Share Sale Disputes
  • Shareholder Claims
  • Shotgun Clause (of a Shareholders’ Agreement)
  • Tech Company Disputes
  • Termination of Partnership
  • Start-up Company Disputes
  • Termination of Partnership Agreement
  • Unfair Treatment of Partners and Shareholders
  • Winding-Up Company
  • White Collar Fraud
  • International Joint Venture Disputes
  • Fraud on Investors
  • Investor Claims
  • Investment Fraud
  • Joint Venture Disputes
  • Limited Partnership Disputes
  • Joint Venture Agreement Dispute
  • Minority Shareholder Oppression
  • Disputes in Family Trusts
  • Fraud on Company, Partnership or Joint Venture
  • Financial Statement Irregularities and Disputes

Urgent Remedies and Resolution of Business Disputes

At Antonoplos & Associates, our lawyers have over 20 years of experience working with clients in the negotiation and litigation involved during their business disputes. Additionally, we have experience working with our clients during alternative dispute resolution.

When a business is being threatened by the conduct of another entity or business, it may be necessary to obtain urgent equitable remedies for the fair and fast resolution of business disputes. Below is a list of the most common urgent remedies available for the resolution of business disputes:

  • Commercial List Eligibility
  • Audit of Accounting
  • Cross-Border Litigation
  • Enforcement of Shot Gun Agreements
  • Derivative Actions
  • Enforcement of Buy Sell Agreement
  • Freezing Order
  • Interim and Interlocutory Injunctions
  • Legal Proceedings for Remedies for Oppression under OBCA
  • Injunctions, Orders and Declarations
  • Mandatory Order Preserving Status Quo Pending Resolution
  • Preserving Shareholder’s Rights
  • Preserving Partner’s Rights
  • Oppression Remedies
  • Reference to Arbitration
  • Rescission (Rescinding Agreements)
  • Valuation
  • Specific Performance

Injunctions and Urgent Remedies

Antonoplos & Associates group of DC business dispute lawyers act for and are regularly retained by those seeking injunctions, other urgent judicial remedies, and by those that are responding to or defending against such claims. Furthermore, our group of attorneys also advises, represents, and act for individuals that are not part of a lawsuit but are subject to a court order relating to that lawsuit. When dealing with injunctions and urgent remedies, it is imperative that you or your business receive expert legal advice or risk losing your opportunity to pursue or defend against injunctions and urgent legal remedies.

Summary Judgement

In recent years, summary judgment and partial summary judgment has become a much larger part of business dispute litigation. However, this change is beneficial for small businesses that would otherwise not be able to afford experienced legal counsel for an entire trial. At Antonoplos & Associates, our DC business dispute lawyers have been at the forefront of this legal development. Thus, we commonly assist clients and other law firms in both obtaining and responding to summary judgment motions.

Start-up, Closely Held Company, and Family Business Disputes

In most cases, a start-up, closely held company, or family business will be started informally and without some or all of the written agreements between the stakeholders of the business. These missing documents normally address the rights and obligations between the parties and how disputes are to be resolved while the business is ongoing or during changes within or in relation to the business association. Whether your business has these agreements in place or not, our attorneys can advise you on the rights and obligations between the partners, partnership, shareholders, and company.

Real Estate Investment Trust Disputes

REITs operate as a type of trust. Thus, those looking to invest in this type of trust are not automatically provided with the rights and protections afforded to traditional corporate shareholders. This is particularly true in respect of oppression and minority shareholder rights unless these rights and remedies are included in the REIT declaration of trust. Many of these trusts are moving towards including these statutory rights and remedies through the inclusion in the declaration of trust. However, many REITs still do not contain these important safeguards.

If any of these issues occur, the REIT and concerned investors must quickly hire a knowledgeable and experienced attorney to receive effective representation for urgent and time-sensitive matters.

Joint Venture Disputes

A joint venture agreement allows two or more businesses to merge their entities—or a portion of their products or services—to start a new business activity. Furthermore, each business contributes assets to the joint venture and the parties agree on how to divide the income and expenses that come from this partnership. In some cases, a joint venture is the structure chosen because the members of the agreement are located in different states or countries. While this agreement is contractual in nature, certain courts have held this agreement to mean the same thing as a partnership. However, other courts have considered the relationship merely contractual and not a partnership. A myriad of considerations has been used by the courts in determining whether a joint venture is a partnership. Furthermore, the courts consider the structure and management of a joint venture when considering whether this entity comprises a partnership.

Business Torts

In certain cases, businesses, individuals, or their stakeholders may act wrongfully when attempting to advance their interests or harm competitors. However, wrongful intentional acts causing harm, loss, or damage to a business or that business stakeholders can give rise to common law business torts. Such activity, if unlawful under the statute, may provide the victim with statutory civil remedies, including a statutory civil cause of action or grounds for injunctive relief.

The common law business tort causes of action include:

  • Interference with Economic Relations by Unlawful Means
  • Conspiracy to Commit Wrongful Act Likely to Cause Harm
  • Inducement of Breach of Contract
  • Intentional Interference with Economic Interests
  • Conspiracy to Cause Harm
  • Appropriation of Personality
  • Intimidation, Extortion, and Abuse of Process
  • Defamation and Slander of Title
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