Business & Commercial Litigation
Business relationships often result in disputes between businesses and their customers, or among the owners of a business. Our clients turn to us for representation in an exceptionally broad variety of cases including cases under the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and other disputes between businesses and their customers, disputes between business, including matters arising under the Business Corporation Act, the Illinois Limited Liability Company Act, and the Uniform Partnership Act; disputes within partnerships and the ownership structures of businesses, shareholder derivative claims; and disputes between businesses and their agents. We counsel our clients on how to avoid and resolve disputes, and we vigorously advocate for our client when the dispute requires litigation.
- Attorneys at Torshen, Slobig & Axel, Ltd. successfully defended a Florida manufacturer against a breach of contract claim by a former customer. The plaintiff had sought nearly $22 million in damages. This fall, the federal district court for the Northern District of Illinois granted our motion to dismiss the claims against our client. After winning the motion to dismiss the case against our client, Torshen, Slobig & Axel, Ltd. convinced the federal court to deny the plaintiff’s motion for leave to file an amended complaint. The amended complaint would have reasserted the contract claim and added other counts.
- Polyad Company v. Indopco, Inc. et al, Case No. 06 C 5732 (United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. We obtained an order dismissing a breach of contract claim against our client, in which the plaintiff was seeking over $22 million in damages, we then successfully resisted the plaintiff's attempt to file an amended complaint that would have reasserted the contract claim and added various other claims against our client.
- Lease Resolution Corp. v. Larney, 308 Ill.App.3d. 80, 719 N.E.2d. 165, 241 Ill.Dec. 304 (1st Dist. 1999). We represented the court-appointed successor of a leasing company in a suit against a former director of the leasing company. We succeeded in getting the Illinois Appellate Court to recognize the "adverse domination" doctrine to avoid statute of limitations defense asserted by director.
- Munson and Munson v. Whitmer; 03 A 04790 (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois). We represented a large creditor in an action for the declaration of nondischargeability of debt, based upon state circuit and appellate court findings; we won judgment on claims against debtor after trial.
- Gaynor v. Sacks, Nos. 1-00-2906 & 1-00-322 (1st Dist. 2002). We represented a plaintiff investor in suit against an individual who had defrauded him in business dealings, and, after trial, we obtained judgment for $980,405.31 in compensatory and $500,000 in punitive damages which was affirmed on appeal.
- Schultz v. Hartmann, Case No. 91 CH 216 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois). We represented the shareholder/director of a small corporation in a shareholder's derivative action.
- Disc Jockey Referral Network, Ltd. v. Ameritech Publishing of Illinois, Inc., 230 Ill.App.3d. 908, 596 N.E.2d 4, 172 Ill.Dec. 725 (1st Dist. 1992). We successfully defended a directory publisher against Consumer Fraud Act and Uniform Deceptive Practices Act claims.
- Mauro v. Donovan, Case No. 04 CH 17313 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois). We represented an owner of real estate against a party asserting a claim to a partnership interest in the property.
- Ilczyszyn v. Pride Machine and Tool Co., Inc., Case No. 04 CH 6629 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois). We represented a 50% shareholder in dispute over control of a corporation.
- Rothner v. Mermelstein, 282 Ill.App.3d. 1110, 707 N.E.2d. 299, 236 Ill.Dec. 454 (1st Dist. 1996). We successfully defended the owners of a nursing home against parties claiming 50% ownership of the business.
- Heinichen v. Pensack, Case No. 00 L 1421 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois). We successfully represented a tenant's rights organization against landlord's claims of tortious interference with tenant relationships.
- Gardner v. The University of Chicago, Case No. 00 L 254 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois). We successfully defended a health service group against claims of a terminated physician for additional bonus compensation.
- Richco v. Brown, Case No. 94 CH 2501 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois). We successfully defended our client against the claims of a terminated sales representative.
- Kim v. Park, Case No. 91 CH 7600 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois). We represented a partner in a dispute over the ownership of a business operating a retail mall.
- Othman v. Islamic Cultural Center, Case No. 91 CH 311 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois). We successfully represented parties in a dispute over management and control of a mosque and cultural center.
- Byun v. Jin, Case No. 90 CH 5860 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois). We represented parties in a dispute over the election of officers of the Korean community chamber of commerce.
- Westminster I Apartments v. Barnard, 163 Ill.App.3d. 36, 516 N.E.2d. 476, 114 Ill.Dec. 321 (1st Dist. 1987). We successfully represented a general partner in an action alleging breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.
- Bragg v. Rubenstein, Case No. 87 CH 4075 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois). We represented bank shareholders in an action alleging misappropriation of bank funds by bank president.