California is a state with a vibrant business environment, and many companies operate here. Despite best efforts to prevent conflicts, disputes can arise at any time, and when they do, they can significantly affect the company’s operations and reputation.
Business litigation refers to the process of resolving legal disputes that arise in the course of business operations. Business litigation is a complex area of law that requires a deep understanding of the legal issues and the ability to navigate the court system effectively. The trial attorneys at Bridgford Gleason & Artinian are uniquely skilled in helping numerous businesses and individuals, both large and small, that have fallen victim to broken promises, unfair competition, and fraud. We take pride in the successes we have achieved aggressively advocating our clients’ claims in court. If you are facing a business dispute, our California business litigation lawyers can help you protect your legal rights and interests. Contact us today for your free consultation.
What is California Business Litigation?
California business litigation refers to the legal disputes that arise in the context of business operations in the state of California. Business litigation can take many forms, including contract disputes, intellectual property disputes, employment disputes, partnership disputes, shareholder disputes, and other types of commercial litigation.
In California, business litigation can be complex and time-consuming, requiring a thorough understanding of both state and federal laws, as well as knowledge of the legal procedures and court systems. Business litigation cases often involve high-stakes disputes that can have a significant impact on a company’s financial well-being and reputation.
California Business Litigation Laws
California business litigation claims are governed by a wide range of state and federal laws. Some of the most important laws that apply to business litigation in California include:
- California Commercial Code: This law governs commercial transactions and sales of goods, including contracts for the sale of goods, warranties, and remedies for breach of contract.
- California Corporations Code: This law governs the formation, governance, and dissolution of corporations, as well as the rights and duties of shareholders, officers, and directors.
- California Unfair Competition Law: This law prohibits unlawful, unfair, and fraudulent business practices, including false advertising, unfair pricing, and deceptive business practices.
- California Trade Secrets Law: This law protects confidential information and trade secrets from misappropriation by employees, competitors, and other third parties.
- Federal Securities Laws: These laws regulate the sale and purchase of securities and govern disclosure requirements, fraud prevention, and shareholder rights.
- Federal Antitrust Laws: These laws regulate competition among businesses and prohibit anticompetitive behavior, such as price-fixing, monopolization, and illegal mergers.
- California Labor Laws: These laws govern the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, including wage and hour laws, anti-discrimination laws, and laws related to workplace safety.
- California Consumer Protection Laws: These laws protect consumers from unfair or deceptive business practices and provide remedies for consumers who have been harmed by such practices.
Notable Business Litigation Cases in California
California has been the site of numerous notable business litigation cases over the years. Some of the most significant cases include:
- Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co.: In this patent infringement case, Apple accused Samsung of copying key features of its iPhone and iPad products. The case resulted in a jury verdict of over $1 billion in damages for Apple, which was later reduced on appeal.
- Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc.: This high-profile case involved a copyright dispute over the use of Java software in Google’s Android operating system. The case was closely watched by the technology industry and resulted in a jury verdict of over $8 billion in damages for Oracle, which was later reduced on appeal.
- Enron Corp. Securities Litigation: This case involved one of the largest corporate frauds in U.S. history, in which Enron executives engaged in accounting fraud to inflate the company’s stock price. The case resulted in a settlement of over $7 billion for investors who had purchased Enron stock.
- PG&E Corp. Litigation: This ongoing case involves claims that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. caused wildfires that resulted in property damage and personal injury. The case has resulted in billions of dollars in settlements and could have significant implications for the utility industry in California.
- Uber Technologies Inc. v. Waymo LLC: In this trade secrets case, Waymo accused Uber of stealing its self-driving car technology. The case settled for $245 million before trial.
California Business Litigation Claims We Handle
In particular, our lawyers handle matters for both plaintiffs and defendants involving breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, insurance, intellectual property, trademark infringement, trade secrets, non-compete, and non-solicitation agreements. We also have extensive experience litigating business owner disputes, beneficiary and trustee disputes in estate dispositions, and shareholder, partner, and LLC member disputes.
In addition, and because litigation is the primary focus of our firm, we are often engaged by business owners, executives, or individuals to resolve disputes before commencing litigation in the early stages of a dispute.
Some of our recent successes include a $5.4 million arbitration award in a breach of contract and fraud case and numerous 6, 7, and 8-figure plaintiff and defense outcomes, including the award of punitive damages, in jury trials, court trials, arbitrations, and mediations. We’ve handled cases throughout California in state and federal courts, as well as other venues, including a Singapore arbitration of a dispute between Texas and Vietnamese oil service companies.
Contact Our California Business Litigation Attorneys Today
If you are facing a business dispute or litigation matter in California, it’s essential to work with experienced and skilled attorneys who can help you navigate the complex legal landscape and protect your legal rights and interests. Our team of California business litigation attorneys has a deep understanding of the legal issues and procedures involved in business disputes and can provide you with the strong legal representation you need to achieve a successful outcome in your case.
At Bridgford, Gleason & Artinian, we offer a range of legal services to businesses and individuals, including contract disputes, partnership disputes, shareholder disputes, intellectual property disputes, employment disputes, and other types of commercial litigation. Our lawyers have a track record of success in litigating complex business disputes in California and can work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our California business litigation attorneys. We will take the time to listen to your concerns, explain your legal options, and provide you with the guidance and support you need to achieve a successful resolution to your dispute.