RANGE OF SERVICES AND EXPERIENCE
The Masuda Funai Litigation Group provides specific counsel to clients in an expansive and diverse range of domestic and international industries, including:
- Electronics and semi-conductors
- Heavy automotive, engine and machine tool manufacturers
- High-tech industries, such as graphic arts and commercial printing
- Transportation, warehousing, shipping and trading, and export and import, including state Departments of Transportation
- Hospitals and other healthcare facilities
- Retail, distribution, sales and service companies
- Real estate, title insurance and construction companies
Specific areas of litigation experience include:
Antitrust. Litigation Group attorneys represent and counsel clients in antitrust, unfair competition, and restraint of trade claims, including those alleging exclusive dealing, pricing restraints, price discrimination, territory and customer restrictions, tying claims, refusals to deal, and relations with competitors.
Arbitration and Mediation. Our attorneys have extensive experience in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including appearances before arbitration panels and mediation neutrals. We know that ADR can provide the best potential for quick and cost-effective conclusions of commercial disputes.
Bankruptcy, Collateral Recovery and Debt Workout. Our attorneys represent creditors in bankruptcy courts in all types of complex insolvency proceedings and assist clients in debt work-out agreements and the recovery of collateral.
Cargo and Shipping Claims. Litigation Group attorneys represent shippers, consignees, carriers, brokers and forwarders in asserting and defending against claims for damaged and delayed cargo and shipments, and other claims arising in admiralty, and air and surface transport.
Commercial Contracts. Our attorneys litigate and resolve virtually all types of commercial disputes involving contracts, sale of goods, trade secrets, fraud, deceptive trade practices, equipment leasing, breach of warranty, accounting, secured transactions, collection of receivables, repossession, product recalls and general Uniform Commercial Code disputes.
Copyright, Trademarks and Service Marks. Litigation Group attorneys represent clients in enforcement of their rights and in defense of claims of others, from the initial "cease and desist" letter to the conclusion, whether by settlement, mediation or litigation. Our attorneys litigate controversies and disputes regarding unfair competition, patent/trademark infringement, trade dress, misappropriation, counterfeiting, trademark dilution, domain name dispute and comparative advertising claims and proceedings.
Distribution. A significant portion of the Litigation Group's practice is representing clients in disputes arising out of regional, national and international sales agreements; distribution, dealer, franchise, sales representative and license agreements; vendor agreements; OEM agreements; security, lease, consignment, warehouse and bailment agreements; and wrongful termination claims by former distributors, dealers and sales representatives.
Emergency Relief. The Litigation Group includes attorneys who are skilled in obtaining injunctions and other emergency orders for clients requiring the immediate attention of the courts for relief from restrictive covenants, the protection of collateral, and theft of intellectual property.
Employment. Working with Masuda Funai's Employment & Labor Group, the Litigation Group regularly represents employers before state and federal courts and agencies to defend against claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, violations of wage and hour laws, breaches of employment agreements and in other employment-related issues, such as the prosecution of employee theft.
Insurance Coverage. Our attorneys assist clients in pursuing and recovering claims from their insurers under the clients' insurance policies.
Intellectual Property. Litigation Group attorneys represent and counsel clients in prosecuting claims against departing employees taking or improperly using sensitive proprietary intellectual property and data, breaches of transfer of technology and licensing agreements, and actively pursue parties charged with the counterfeiting of clients' products for sale or distribution.
Litigation Risk Management. Our attorneys counsel clients on litigation prevention and risk management techniques that reduce the exposure to and cost of dispute resolution and litigation.
Product Liability. Litigation Group attorneys defend product liability lawsuits in many industries, for domestic and foreign owned manufacturers. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in several states and have tried product liability cases to verdict (or favorable settlement).
Real Estate. Our attorneys represent owners, lessors, construction companies, developers and end users in all types of development disputes, commercial lease and landlord/tenant claims, and breach of contract matters. We regularly represent insurance carriers, agents and insureds in agency and property disputes.
Traffic/Criminal. As a service to our business clients, Litigation Group attorneys handle select misdemeanor and criminal matters, such as traffic accidents and moving violations.