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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

Dismissal Granted in Telephone Consumer Protection Act Case

Successful dismissal with prejudice of our client in a putative class action lawsuit in the Eastern District of Michigan, where the client was accused of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. 

Jonathan F. Karmo

Summary Judgment Granted

Obtained summary judgment in favor of temporary staffing client in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on client’s breach of contract claim for approximately $450,000.  Clarity Solution Grp. v. VisionPRO, LLC, No. 18-14088, 2019 BL 273355 (E.D. Mich. July 2019).

Jonathan F. Karmo

Representation of Financial Services Firm in FINRA Matters

Representation of a financial services firm in multiple arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against former employees, obtaining awards against the employees on loans provided to them by the firm and denial of all counterclaims.

Laurie A. Perez

Successful Settlement for Spinal and Cervical Fusion Components Manufacturer

Represented a manufacturer of spinal and cervical fusion components in numerous products liability cases brought in various courts nationwide. The first case, which involved extensive discovery and investigation into the cause of the device failures and securing the necessary defense experts, settled just before trial. After demonstrating that the plaintiff's own pre-surgery health issues, instead of failed medical components, significantly contributed to the patient's failure to achieve fusion, we settled that case for 5% of the plaintiff's original demand. The other cases subsequently settled for less than 3% of each plaintiff's initial demand.

Anthony J. Long

Injunctive Relief Granted for Protection of Trade Secrets

Successfully obtained immediate injunctive relief (TRO and preliminary injunction) to protect clients’ trade secrets and confidential information against employees who violated the terms of their restrictive covenant contracts.

Laurie A. Perez

Case of First Impression – Statutory Releases and Equitable Fault Analysis to Reduce Liability Under Mechanic's Lien

Represented a specialty equipment supplier on a public works project involving a case of first impression on the issues of application of statutory releases under Nevada law and the use of equitable fault analysis being used to reduce liability under a security interest or mechanic's lien claim. The Nevada Supreme Court ruled in favor of the supplier and held that the district court erred in finding that the waiver, even though termed unconditional, was unenforceable, pursuant to the language of the pertinent Nevada statute, against the lien claimant. Likewise, the Supreme Court found that "equity" may not be used to reduce the value of a security interest or mechanic's lien held by a claimant.

Brian J. Pezzillo

Property Tax Disputes

Lead or co-counsel in several property tax disputes in the Michigan Tax Tribunal and appellate courts involving disputes with tax dollars at issue ranging from $10,000 to over $40MM.

Brad Knickerbocker

Commercial Transactions and Real Estate

Lead or co-counsel in several commercial litigation cases involving commercial transactions and real estate matters.

Brad Knickerbocker

Immigration – Visas, Permanent Residency, and Naturalization

Obtained visas, permanent residency, and naturalization for numerous individuals and entities in business sectors such as automotive, manufacturing, medical, and higher education.

Michael Robert Lied