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State's Attempt to Close Automotive Dealership Thwarted

Represented a used car dealer in a challenge against the State of Michigan’s summary suspension and closure of two of the client’s used car dealerships, without notice and without due process. Drafted and filed emergency pleadings and appeared in circuit court, obtaining a temporary restraining order in less than 24 hours after being retained, which precluded the State of Michigan from enforcing the summary suspension order. Subsequently obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of the client precluding the state from enforcing the summary suspension.  

Jonathan F. Karmo

Acquisition of Automotive Dealerships

Lead counsel in acquisitions and sales of automotive dealerships.

Richard M. Miettinen

Securities Offerings in Capital Raises and Entity Organization

Counsel on securities offerings to multiple broker-dealers and entrepreneurs in capital raises and entity organization for a myriad of ventures, such as wine production, real estate (commercial/residential, assisted living), food services, automotive, manufacturing, IP licensing, and tech start-ups.

Gustaf R. Andreasen

Summary Judgment Granted for Automotive Dealership

Represented an automotive dealership in an action for the negligence of an off duty employee. We obtained summary judgment on behalf of the dealership from the trial court and the plaintiff appealed. The Nevada Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment in our favor.

Alexander Villamar

Representation of Tier I Automotive Supplier on Labor & Employment Matters

Lead national employment counsel for Tier I automotive supplier, handling all labor & employment matters.

Brian A. Kreucher

Mergers & Acquisitions

Handled numerous merger and acquisition transactions for privately held companies in various industries, including automotive, medical, aerospace, specialty chemicals, general manufacturing, and distribution.

John D. Logan

Successfully Appealed Judgment Against Automotive Dealer and Obtained Summary Judgment for Client from Nevada Supreme Court

Successfully appealed judgment against our client, an automotive dealership, for consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices, permanent mandatory injunction, and attorneys' fees and costs. The Nevada Supreme Court reversed the lower court and directed entry of summary judgment in favor of our client/dealership on all claims in a unanimous en banc decision.

L. Christopher Rose

Automotive Client's Acquisition of Aerospace Business

Counsel to global automotive client in its acquisition of an aerospace business with operations in the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka. 

Elliot R. Vilders

Successful Settlement Achieved for Multibillion-Dollar Global Automotive Supplier in Complex Patent Infringement Case

Represented multibillion-dollar global automotive supplier as defendant in complex patent infringement case in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware achieving settlement in favor of our client, after motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim and after our preparation and filing of two petitions for inter partes review before the United States Patent & Trademark Office. The plaintiff in this matter was represented by a top five AmLaw 100 firm.

David M. LaPrairie

Tier I Automotive Supplier Wins Arbitration Claims Brought by Labor Union

Successfully represented a Tier I automotive supplier in a complicated contract interpretation arbitration. The issue litigated went to the heart of our client’s ability to manage its business under the union labor agreement. The union argued the company must first obtain the union’s agreement before changing work schedules. Without the flexibility to adjust schedules, our client risked either shutting down the customer’s assembly line or incurring millions in overtime costs to meet customer production demands. The arbitrator found in favor of our client, affirming management's right to unilaterally change the work schedule for the purpose of efficiently operating its production schedule.

Brian A. Kreucher