Harm done to your financial or business interests by a partner, competitor, or during a business relationship often requires zealous and experienced representation to remedy. Disputes between and within businesses and associates is a common reality in today's business world and can manifest in a number of ways. When the disputes are serious enough, they can give rise to a variety of civil claims.
Business disputes arising out of a contractual relationship most commonly give rise to breach of contract claims but can also lead to claims that go beyond the contract. Conduct that breaches a contract can take different forms. Conduct may breach of contract even though the breaching party did not intend to commit a wrong. Conversely, breaches of contract can occur in the context of intentionally harmful conduct such as misrepresentation or fraud. Where there are misrepresentations in the formation of a contract, or during its performance, that were relied on by the injured person, there may be claims for fraud in addition to breach of contract. Moreover, partnerships, and other confidential business relationships, give rise to a fiduciary duty. This is a duty of utmost, loyalty, honesty, and fidelity. Any dishonest conduct or double dealing can give rise to a breach of fiduciary duty claim in a commercial setting. Negligence, negligent misrepresentation, and unfair business practices are among other claims that can be available in litigating business disputes.
Business cases are often subtle, document intensive, and complex. Business fraud cases are most often built through rigorous attention to detail. Cases are often won or lost through discovery, obtaining the important documents, and putting together the entire picture which demonstrates the wrongful conduct. Accounting and economist experts are often needed to establish damages.
Whether a dispute arises between businesses or within a business, having an experienced advocate on your side can significantly increase your chances for a successful outcome. While many disputes may be resolved by negotiation and agreement, litigation is sometimes the only path to a reasonable resolution.
The attorneys at Haffner Law frequently represent parties and businesses in legal proceedings involving business disputes in various settings. If you are being unfairly taken advantage of in connection with your business or financial interests, Haffner Law is available to assist you.