Sedgwick represents Fortune 500 and regional clients in disputes involving unfair competition, breach of contract, trade secret, licensing, directors’ and officers’ liability, franchise and distributorship, RICO, secured transactions and equipment leasing, in federal and state civil and bankruptcy courts, at arbitration, and in administrative proceedings.
Our attorneys have tried dozens of complex commercial cases to verdict and have represented clients in numerous appeals, often representing litigants who sustained unfavorable trial court results before turning to Sedgwick.
In addition to their trial expertise, Sedgwick’s business litigators are adept at handling requests for TROs, preliminary injunctions, and regulatory matters. Sedgwick regularly provides our clients mediation and other alternative dispute resolution services as well, as appropriate to each situation.
Sedgwick’s business litigation practice is part of the firm’s Commercial Practices Group, an interdisciplinary team that also encompasses members of the firm’s antitrust, bankruptcy, corporate, and real estate practices. Our business litigators are able to call upon the collective expertise developed within the Commercial Practices Group to provide clients multifaceted representation.
Software and Technology Disputes
Our business litigators, in coordination with members of the firm’s intellectual property practice, regularly represent clients in disputes involving software litigation, licensing, trade secret, trademark, copyright, and patent litigation. Sedgwick attorneys have prosecuted and defended intellectual property actions for clients in the pharmaceutical, software, media, food services, household products, construction, transportation, manufacturing and insurance industries, among others.
Unfair Trade Practices/California Business and Professions Code §17200
We regularly represent national and regional clients in unfair trade practices disputes, including unfair competition (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code §17200) and RICO claims.
Sedgwick regularly represents regional and national financial institutions in litigation involving the purchase, development and construction financing for real property. We also handle disputes arising from equipment leasing and personal lending transactions.
Real Estate Litigation
We routinely handle real property cases arising from ownership disputes, easements, foreclosures and related lender liability claims, purchase and sale agreements, leasehold interests, condemnation, disability access issues, and interference, unfair competition and other related business tort claims. We have represented clients before administrative bodies, including planning commissions, the Board of Permit Appeals, and the Access Appeals Board. Our real estate litigators are also able to call upon the expertise developed by attorneys in the firm’s construction practice, who represent contractors and developers in construction defect claims and related construction matters.
Franchise & Distributorship
Our attorneys handle disputes arising in the franchise and distributorship arenas under common law and numerous statutes, such as the California Franchise Act, Seller Assisted Marketing Plan Act, Independent Wholesale Sales Representatives Contractual Relations Act, and Petroleum Marketing Practices Act, for clients in the software, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, food services, petroleum, real estate, construction, entertainment and insurance industries.
Our attorneys are experienced in the full range of general commercial matters involving breach of contract actions, business tort claims and Uniform Commercial Code issues in state and federal courts.