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Commercial Litigation

Fierce advocates for our clients in and out of the courtroom.

Husch Blackwell’s Commercial Litigation team brings together over 200 professionals with one goal – to achieve our clients’ business objectives using the litigation process. We represent clients in a wide range of corporate and business disputes, providing creative, passionate, and skilled advocacy in and out of the courtroom.

We collaborate with our clients to develop comprehensive solutions to address their litigation needs, whether that entails swift and efficient resolution of a dispute or an aggressive, long-term litigation strategy to defend a client’s business model across multiple practices and jurisdictions.​ We work hard to provide clients with clarity amid the uncertainties that litigation presents by accurately scoping the risks, benefits, and costs associated with litigation. Our trial teams are skilled at developing alternative fee structures to help clients better integrate litigation into their budgets.

Our team is also skilled at the long game. We understand how to position each litigation to achieve optimal results at every stage of litigation, and we routinely represent clients in state and federal appellate courts, often laying the groundwork for successful appeals at the trial court level.

Ultimately, our clients define success. Our team always keeps client goals top of mind and develops litigation strategies to achieve those goals in the most efficient manner.

Case Study
CoxHealth

CoxHealth prevailed in a defamation lawsuit brought against the hospital system and an executive.

Representative Experience

  • Prevailed for The Ryan Foundation when the Nebraska Supreme Court affirmed a trial court’s 2019 decision in a closely-watched stock valuation dispute. The decision assigned a value of $893 million to Streck, Inc.—over $300 million more than the Board of Directors’ competing valuation—and affirmed the additional award of over $250 million in interest.
  • Prevailed before the U.S. Court of Appeals on behalf of Farmobile LLC in trade secret litigation initiated by a competitor. Previously, Farmobile had secured a complete summary judgment victory in federal district court.
  • Defended client against breach-of-contract allegations related to a software development project in a five-day arbitration hearing where we received a complete victory.
  • Defending HVAC equipment manufacturer in litigation filed by former distributor alleging that the termination of its distributor agreement violated the Minnesota Franchise Act and was a breach of contract. Successfully defended against motion for preliminary injunction in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.
  • Representing landlord in a complex landlord-tenant dispute as a result of a very sophisticated lease with various payment streams and a guaranty that was issued as a result of a previous bankruptcy by an affiliate of the tenant. The lawsuit brings claims for breach of the lease and breach of the guarantee.
  • Represented developer in Missouri state court in a lawsuit against a Missouri municipality to obtain approval of plans for development of a 250-unit residential subdivision. We secured a preliminary injunction and, ultimately, an order of summary judgment granting a writ of mandamus requiring the city to acknowledge approval of the site plan and to allow client to move forward with the development.
  • Defending a pharmacy benefit manager in arbitration against a discount coupon provider asserting claims for breach of contract and fraud in connection with a service agreement.
  • Defended major specialty retailer in a use-tax case where the plaintiffs alleged our client charged excess use taxes on products purchased through “remote sales channels” and shipped to addresses in Missouri from out-of-state facilities. The Court ruled plaintiffs had not established to a legal certainty that the claims are for less than the jurisdictional amount, and their motion to remand was denied. In addition, the Court ruled plaintiffs’ alternative motion to stay ruling on the remand motion and order jurisdictional discovery were also denied.
  • Represent heavy equipment manufacturer in litigation involving a series of construction equipment dealer agreements between executed and performed over the last several decades.
  • Represented a financial institution in a breach-of-contract case where the plaintiff alleged our client negligently allowed co-defendant employee to steal money from plaintiff's bank account and failed to reimburse the plaintiff for the losses. We prevailed on summary judgment and the claims asserted were dismissed with prejudice.
  • Represented a professional athlete and former Heisman Trophy winner in a fee dispute with one of his former agents. We prevailed on summary judgment as the plaintiff failed to show that he was the real party in interest to the contract before the assignment of rights.
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News Releases | August 19, 2020
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The earlier court ruling granted summary judgment to Farmobile.

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