Business Litigation

Business Torts

Our business clients may find themselves subject to claims involving complex regulatory enactments, such as RICO, unfair and deceptive trade practice statutes, or conventional tort claims and contract disputes, such as covenants not to compete. We bring extensive litigation experience to these claims, and we defend them in a thorough and aggressive manner. The relationships that exist between a business and its suppliers, customers and competitors can also present special legal problems. Antitrust and trade practice laws impose civil liability for certain conduct deemed anti-competitive or unfair by law, and such laws are often written by persons unfamiliar with business practices. As the hazards presented and the protection afforded by such legislation may not be readily apparent, our firm advises businesses on compliance with these regulations and handles any prosecution or defense of such claims that may arise.

Directors and Officers Liability

In today’s litigious environment, officers and directors of corporations face liability for what were once simply routine business decisions. Doing business exposes corporate officials to potentially expensive pitfalls. We are prepared to advise these corporate officials with regard to minimizing the risk of expensive litigation over corporate decisions. If litigation results, we have the resources and the experience to effectively defend such claims.

Products Liability

Our firm has extensive expertise in both the legal and substantive aspects of product liability lawsuits. We have defended manufacturers of consumer products and industrial or other workplace machinery alleged to have caused accident or injury, both in the state of North Carolina and on a national basis. We have successfully defended pesticide manufacturers against allegations that exposure to their product caused the development of cancer. Our medical expertise brings both the substantive knowledge and access to expert and technical resources needed to evaluate the medical aspect of product liability claims. Our experience in construction, engineering and other technical litigation has given us a similar advantage with reference to machine and product design.