Our experienced Peoria, IL based litigation team of Joseph VanFleet
, Tim Gronewold
and Tom Howard
, celebrated a huge victory by winning a motion that avoided a
long drawn-out trial for their client.
client, once one of the largest contractors in Central Illinois, had long since
retired and wanted to purchase a business and a parcel of real estate for his
children. He placed a good faith offer on the property and business,
which was accepted, but later the seller changed his mind and refused to go
through with the sale. That is when Howard & Howard’s litigation team
became involved, and diligently enforced his rights to purchase the
property. A case like this typically would involve a long drawn-out trial in
which each side would present its proofs as to why the property should or
should not be ordered sold. Instead, Howard & Howard’s litigation
team successfully researched and argued that there was no material issue of
fact and that the property was “unique,” and therefore, should be ordered sold
as originally agreed to by the parties.
The judge agreed, noting that the argument was particularly
well laid-out in Howard & Howard’s brief, and after considering the record
and affidavits, he saw no material question of fact in either the underlying
case or the affirmative defenses raised. The Court also quashed opposing
counsel’s repeated arguments to keep the case afloat by stating that they had
not brought forth any authority the Court had not already seen. The Court
further noted that Howard & Howard’s written material thoroughly identified
all relevant facts and law, and that such candor was appreciated, and served
the Plaintiff well.
Congratulations to the client and our litigation team in
Peoria - Joseph VanFleet, Tim Gronewold and Tom Howard!