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Business Disputes

Business disputes, while unfortunate, are inevitable. Almost all businesses will be exposed to some form of business dispute during their lifetime, and sometimes the stakes are high.

At Lawrences, our team of dedicated and experienced professionals understand that business disputes can have a tremendous impact on your business and its finances. We will work closely with you to understand the issues, manage the dispute, and propose cost-effective options tailored to your needs. If mediation, arbitration or litigation are required, our Litigation lawyers have extensive trial and appellate experience before the courts and specialized administrative tribunals.

Some of the business disputes that we commonly handle include:

  • Membership disputes (not-for-profit corporations)
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Franchise agreement disputes
  • Corporate governance disputes
  • Oppression of minority shareholders
  • Supply and distribution agreement disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Termination of business relationships
  • Share valuation disputes
  • Forced buy-out disputes
  • Derivative actions
  • Winding-up of businesses
  • Breach of fiduciary duties
  • Fraud
  • Collections
Mar 13, 2015 | Case Study

Shareholder Dispute in Control of a Corporation

The Problem A group of minority shareholders of a corporation had invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into the purchase and renovation of a r...

Mar 13, 2015 | Case Study

Membership Dispute

The Problem A not-for-profit organization was involved in a dispute over the membership of the organization. The corporate records had not been mai...

Mar 13, 2015 | Case Study

Shareholder Dispute over Financial Direction

The Problem A group of minority shareholders wished to sell the corporation as a result of a disagreement with the majority shareholders regarding ...

Mar 13, 2015 | Case Study

Settlement of a Franchise Dispute

The Problem We were retained by a regional franchisor to advise and represent it in connection with a lawsuit filed against it by one of its former...

Apr 01, 2012 | Article

For Lack of Evidence

In the course of business, disputes arise. If those disputes should end up in court, the case will be decided on the strength of the evidence presented. Sadly, many businesses do not record the early stages of a dispute, so there is little to prove who did what, when, and to whom.

Oct 01, 2008 | Article

Clarity in Contracts: The Million Dollar Comma or Paragraph

We live in a world of contracts and contractual obligations. We sign contracts to buy a house, to lease business premises, to enter into a new job, to purchase or supply goods, or to lease a car. An agreement that might seem straightforward and easily understood may become very complex as purchaser and seller negotiate. This is especially true now that contract templates can be downloaded from the internet, documents can be easily altered, and communications take place at the speed of light. Paragraphs or changes that appear to be innocent can have dramatic impact later on.

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