Rein F. Krammer and David J. Stein capped off nearly two years of tireless effort on behalf of an optical development company with a week-long arbitration hearing in New York City. Masuda Funai's client alleged breach of a complex supply agreement with its purchaser of optical lenses after the purchaser improperly terminated the agreement "for cause" in an effort to avoid paying monies due under the agreement. The opposing party refused to make any significant settlement offer in advance of the hearing, confident in its legal position. In a lengthy final award, the arbitrators awarded nearly $4,000,000 to Masuda Funai's client, finding that the purchaser improperly withheld monies due under the contract and granting attorneys' fees and costs.
In DMC Machinery America Corp. v. FFG DMC Co., Ltd., et al, No. 16-cv-269, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 152494 (N.D. Ill. Nov. 2, 2016), Masuda Funai's client, a Korean company and the former parent company of the Plaintiff, prevailed in obtaining dismissal of a potential multi-million dollar breach of contract action, which alleged the existence of an exclusive distributorship agreement for sale of machine tools in the United States marketplace. The Court agreed with the argument made by Nancy E. Sasamoto, David J. Stein, and Jiwon J. Yhee that the exclusive forum selection clause in the contract required any litigation between the parties to take place in South Korea.
Two former employees of Masuda Funai's client filed Complaints in Illinois State Court alleging that their terminations were predicated upon retaliation against them for engaging in Union organizing activity. Alan M. Kaplan, Frank J. Del Barto, and David J. Stein quickly filed Motions to Dismiss, arguing that the claims were preempted by federal law and must be brought only before the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB"). After briefing on the Motions, the Plaintiffs abandoned their court claims and ultimately withdrew related NLRB charges, a complete victory for Masuda Funai's client.
Edward J. Underhill was appointed as an arbitrator by Judge Thomas Mulroy to conduct arbitrations of commercial litigation matters in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Mr. Underhill's appointment recognizes his expertise in commercial litigation. To date, he has been appointed as an arbitrator in numerous cases.
Steven L. Katz represented a global manufacturer in a patent infringement lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of Texas by a non-practicing entity seeking millions of dollars in damages. Masuda Funai filed an early motion to dismiss arguing that the patents were invalid. Shortly after argument on the motion, Masuda Funai's client reached a favorable resolution that resulted in the dismissal of the case against the client.
Alan M. Kaplan, Frank J. Del Barto, and Jiwon J. Yhee obtained the dismissal of several charges filed before the EEOC, NLRB, and other federal and state employment agencies across the country for multiple firm clients, continuing Masuda Funai's success in the defense of employment related disputes.