The Lanier Law Firm: In Business

The Lanier Law Firm’s track record of success in commercial litigation includes a variety of matters, including cases involving antitrust allegations, energy contracts, employment disputes, and intellectual property claims. Our team works closely with business owners, in-house counsel and referring attorneys who rely on our experience and firepower to help their companies prevail against even the most-daunting legal challenges.

In 2011 The Lanier Law Firm represented more than 60 current and former executives from Dresser-Rand Group Inc. in Walter Nye, et al, v. Ingersoll Rand Company, a breach of contract case involving unpaid incentive bonuses owed to the plaintiffs. The Firm won a summary judgment ruling in favor of the plaintiffs on all liability issues before seeking more than $100 million in damages at trial. The case settled several weeks into trial for a confidential amount. The Firm’s commercial group also has successfully represented companies against larger competitors who have used unfair and illegal business practices in order to gain a competitive edge. Over the past 10 years, the Firm’s antitrust efforts have resulted in $300 million in settlements (along with numerous business concessions) in cases against industry giants such as Becton Dickinson and Tyco.

In a current, high-profile business case, Mark Lanier is serving as plaintiffs’ lead counsel in Western Sugar Cooperative, et al. v. Archer-Daniels-Midland Company. The Firm represents a group of sugar farmers against manufacturers of high fructose corn syrup based on claims of false advertising under the Lanham Act. Mark says the evidence proves “that the defendants engaged in false advertising and attempted to confuse the public by attempting to steal the good name of sugar.” The Firm’s commercial litigation team is preparing for a November trial.

Additionally, Chesapeake Energy Corporation recently retained The Lanier Law Firm to represent the company in a trade secret misappropriation dispute against its founder and former CEO Aubrey McClendon and his new company, American Energy Partners (AEP). Chesapeake says McClendon walked away with the company’s confidential information in the weeks leading up to his departure, and that he and AEP later used that information compete against Chesapeake. This case is being decided in arbitration.

When general counsel attorneys decide who will represent their companies in litigation matters, they often ask themselves, “Who would we NOT want to go up against in the courtroom?” The Lanier Law Firm consistently turns up at the top of that list.

Contact – The Lanier Law Firm today to speak with one of our Commercial Litigation Team members.

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