Helping Clients Negotiate Claims
A manufacturing representative company sued its former vice president and two salesmen (and the companies they formed after leaving its employment) for breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with contract and business relationships, and related claims and asserted damages of several million dollars. Quarles & Brady represented the salesmen and their companies who brought a counter-claim for tortious interference with contract and business relationships. The manufacturing representative refused to acknowledge the counter-claim as a viable claim and believed that it could defeat the counter-claim on summary judgment and then convince a jury to award it damages. Instead, Quarles & Brady's clients prevailed on the motion for summary judgment against their counter-claim and utilized fact and expert evidence to diminish the claimed damages considerably. Through those maneuvers and other factors, the parties reached a resolution one month before trial. The outcome represented a positive result for Quarles & Brady's clients because they negotiated a global release of all claims and avoided the uncertainty of the jury trial.