Types of Cases

What happens to your business when a contract is broken, information is misrepresented or trade secrets are stolen? When your success is thwarted by the unlawful actions of others, Simmons Hanly Conroy can help you stand up for your rights.

We understand that not all businesses and individuals have the resources – or the desire – to pay lawyers on the traditional hourly fee model. Our clients rarely are the types of individuals and businesses for whom litigation is thought of simply as one of the “costs of doing business.” This is why we strive to establish innovative fee arrangements that work for our clients.

Lending Fraud

The firm is representing a class of homeowners who have challenged lender foreclosures tactics, including misleading and illusory promises to modify their loans. Homeowners have been induced to pay thousands of dollars in hopes of saving their homes from foreclosure to lenders who had no intention of modifying the loans, but were only seeking to squeeze more money out of the homeowner before taking the home anyway.

Other Business Torts

Many other unfair practices fall under this heading. Commonly encountered wrongs such as tortious interference with contract or interference with business expectations, trade secret misappropriation, business defamation, fraud and misrepresentation are examples. Our attorneys are experienced in litigating matters such as these and stand ready to evaluate any potential action.

Breach of Contract

When one party does not live up to its end of an agreement, there may be a legal action for breach of contract. Our attorneys have experience litigating contract actions in state and federal courts as well as before arbitration panels around the country.

Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Under certain circumstances, the law recognizes and requires persons in certain positions to treat others with an elevated duty of loyalty, confidence and trust. Fiduciary obligations often dictate the conduct of parties, such as trustees, corporate directors, commercial joint venturers, investment advisors and retirement plan administrators and sponsors, among others. On both a class and individual basis, Simmons Hanly Conroy has experience litigating disputes of various types where fiduciaries have failed to live up to their obligations.

Unfair Competition

Depending on the precise circumstances, a range of conduct can be classified as unfair competition. In the United States, the antitrust laws prohibit, among other things, certain types of monopolies or attempts at monopolization, certain predatory pricing practices and certain agreements among or between ostensible competitors, which serve to reduce competition. Antitrust claims frequently are litigated on behalf of commercial plaintiffs or as class actions on behalf of entire groups of plaintiffs adversely impacted through the competitive injury at issue. Simmons Hanly Conroy has successfully litigated many of these types of claims.

Investors’ Rights & Securities Fraud

We represent individual and institutional investors who have been harmed by fraud, negligence or breaches of fiduciary duty involving investments in public and private companies and mutual funds.

For example, we represent two prominent venture capital investment funds in an action for securities fraud and misrepresentation against the former CEO of a now-defunct medical device company. During the course of due diligence, the CEO withheld damaging information about the company’s most important medical device.

Suing on behalf of mutual fund investors, Simmons Hanly Conroy filed derivative and class action lawsuits against mutual fund managers and advisors who unlawfully invested – and lost tens of millions of dollars – in illegal offshore gambling entities. The actions are the first of their kind and have been filed in courts throughout the United States.

We represent a large state pension fund that suffered tens of millions of dollars of losses as a result of a Ponzi scheme. For several years before the fraud was revealed, a major accounting firm issued unqualified audit reports on which the pension fund relied in making its investments. The pension fund seeks to recover its losses from the audit firm on the ground that its auditing practices were deficient.

We also represent a member of a Delaware limited liability company in derivative litigation arising from a failed joint venture to finance Russian communications satellites.

Many other unfair practices fall under this heading. Commonly encountered wrongs such as tortious interference with contract or interference with business expectations, trade secret misappropriation, business defamation, fraud and misrepresentation are examples. Our attorneys are experienced in litigating matters such as these and stand ready to evaluate any potential action.

Lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy have deep experience litigating product liability and consumer protection actions, beyond even our robust asbestos and pharmaceutical injury practices

Product Liability and Consumer Protection

Simmons Hanly Conroy, for instance, is counsel in several injury and death actions relating to Toyota unintended acceleration accidents. Our firm also was counsel of record in the first-filed consumer class action lawsuit against Toyota relating to sudden acceleration – long before the wave of Toyota and Lexus recalls beginning in early 2010 – and was the first firm to seek injunctive relief against Toyota and to move for class certification in those actions.

Altogether, these cases present complex issues relating to, among other things, product liability, fraud, warranty, violation of consumer protection statutes and economic losses.

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Whether the issue is related to commercial property or intellectual property, Simmons Hanly Conroy is here to help you at every stage. We will provide you with the resources and tools you need to make knowledgeable, confident decisions throughout this complex process. This level of experience is vital to ensure you receive the results you deserve.

If you have questions about our complex litigation work, please contact us today.

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