Ownership Disputes: Shareholders, Partners and Business Sales

Litigation Related to Business Ownership and Sales Disputes

Some of the most complex civil litigation Callahan & Blaine has ever handled involved contract, tort and fraud claims arising from business sales or contracts complicated by changes in ownership or the personal dishonesty of a principal.

In a particularly egregious example, our attorneys won a jury verdict of $934 million in a case that began as a relatively simple case of fraud involving overcharges adding up to less than $1 million. This verdict remains the largest ever awarded in Orange County. To learn how you can benefit from our sophisticated and resourceful approach to the resolution of ownership, partnership or business sales issues, contact Callahan & Blaine in Santa Ana.

We represent plaintiffs and defendants in complex business ownership disputes or contract litigation. In many cases, we have recovered significant damages awards or settlements for clients who first became involved in the litigation as defendants. Our ability to evaluate claims, defenses, insurance coverage, counterclaims, and remedies against third parties can represent a significant advantage for any company or individual facing a difficult litigation problems.

These past successes achieved by Callahan & Blaine trial attorneys illustrate the breadth of our practice on behalf of business clients in cases with partnership or ownership dimensions:

  • $16.3 million jury verdict for an insurance brokerage owner whose brother-in-law converted money held in trust and who denied the existence of oral contracts to form new business enterprises
  • Multimillion-dollar jury verdict for retiring husband-and-wife business sellers originally named as defendants by a dishonest buyer of the family business, who essentially stole their life savings by convincing the bank that an account held assets transferred in the business sale
  • Arbitration award of over $1.5 million for one law partner against another, with additional attorneys' fees awarded at confirmation in Orange County Superior Court and again in the California Court of Appeal
  • Series of judgments and sanctions amounting to $45.5 million for a multinational forklift manufacturer against a dishonest dealership owner

Our lawyers have the experience and combination of skills to protect your interests across a range of considerations, any of which can be implicated in a complex business dispute: employment and severance issues, contract performance issues, rights under shareholder or partnership agreements, insurance defense and indemnification, fraud claims and defenses, due diligence, nondisclosure, trade secrets or advertising injury.

Skilled Counsel in Business Litigation at Any Scale

Some of these issues are more characteristic of disputes involving small businesses or closely held companies, while others tend to come up in litigation involving larger corporations. Callahan & Blaine's 25-year record of achievement in complex business litigation amply demonstrates our ability to meet dispute resolution challenges for any client at any degree of complication.

For further information about our approach to client service in partnership or ownership disputes, contact Callahan & Blaine in Santa Ana.