Litigation

“A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.”
-Robert Frost

Have a dispute and need to go to court?

Get a trial lawyer that’s been there before.

A lot of lawyers call themselves “litigators” or “trial lawyers.” Ask them how many cases they have actually tried.

[ask LEGAL] has experience taking trials to judgment before judges and juries across North Carolina.

Representative legal issues include:

  • Breach of contract: When people fail or refuse to comply with their contractual obligations, litigation can be the only way to enforce your rights.
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets: When a competitor steals your confidential and proprietary trade secrets to compete unfairly, you may have to seek protection from the courts.
  • Trademark infringement: Your trademarks and other intellectual property are protected by law, but if a competitor causes confusion in the marketplace, you may have to take legal action.
  • Enforcement of non-compete agreements: If former employees break their promise not to compete with your business, it may be necessary to have a court order them to stop.
  • Conversion/misappropriation: Sometimes people just take your property, and the only way to get it back is to sue.
  • Negligence: People make mistakes. But when their carelessness causes damages, they can be responsible for making it right.
  • Insurance disputes: It’s in the insurance companies’ interests not to pay out on claims. If your insurance company is refusing to provide the protection you contracted for, you may need to file suit to be made whole.
  • Partnership breakups: In many ways, a partnership is like a marriage. When it goes bad, you may need a lawyer to help you determine your rights and responsibilities.
  • Breach of fiduciary duties: Some people (e.g., partners, brokers, trustees, or lawyers) may owe a special duty of loyalty and care to you. If they breach that duty, you may have legal rights to enforce.
  • Usurpation of business opportunities: If a partner or employee is illicitly stealing business from your company, you may need to sue for an injunction or damages.
  • Real estate disputes: Whether you have a disagreement with an adjoining land owner, a problem with the title to your property, or are engaged in a dispute regarding the sale of real property, litigation may be the only way to determine your rights.
  • Personal guarantees: When an individual personally guarantees the debts of a company or another, the individual can become personally liable.
  • Financial services litigation: Banking relationships can be complex. [ask LEGAL] regularly works with financial institutions and businesses to resolve disputes regarding those relationships.
  • Fraud and constructive fraud: When someone intentionally defrauds you (or fails to tell you the truth in the context of a special or confidential relationship), they may be liable for fraud or constructive fraud.
  • Unfair or deceptive trade practices: N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 forbids unfair methods of competition, or unfair acts or practices, in commerce. If a party commits such unfair acts, it may be liable for treble damages and attorneys’ fees.

[ask LEGAL] offers a full range of litigation services, from small claims to bet-the-company lawsuits, on a variety of fee arrangementsContact us for details.

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