Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell lawyers help corporations, entrepreneurs, developers, investors, bankers and other financial professionals, and directors and officers resolve legal disputes through litigation and other dispute resolution methods.
We have represented clients from a variety of industries in contract, fraud, warranty, securities, trade secrets, antitrust, insurance, and liability matters.
Our lawyers have comprehensive experience in federal and state courts, multi-district litigation, class actions, bankruptcy courts, administrative proceedings, and civil arbitration.
Following are descriptions of some commercial litigation matters that WTO lawyers have handled recently:
- Following a trial on the merits, a Colorado court ruled in favor of WTO's client on all issues of liability, causation, and damages in a complex real estate case involving claims and counterclaims filed before and during the real estate market crash.
- The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri dismissed allegations of racketeering and misappropriation of trade secrets against WTO's clients, a prominent East Coast law firm and one of its partners.
- WTO secured a substantial settlement for its client, a western real estate developer, who asserted that a large institutional investor fraudulently induced the developer to put millions into a project and then decided to quit participating in the project when the economy declined.
- After a class had been certified, WTO was asked to be lead trial counsel representing an automobile manufacturer in a consumer-fraud class-action trial involving claims for relief exceeding two billion dollars. The lawsuit, brought be a consortium of nearly a dozen law firms from throughout the country, claimed that the company's advertising had been false and misleading and that it had caused more than 400,000 Californians to pay more than they should have for their cars. On the day scheduled for closing arguments in the four-month bench trial, the plaintiffs agreed to a no-cash, coupon-based settlement in California and in three other states where parallel actions were pending.
- WTO represented a large oil and gas company in a royalty dispute involving a claim of several hundred million dollars in connection with new production at a natural gas field in Wyoming. The dispute was resolved successfully for our client in a pretrial settlement.
- WTO successfully represented an international real estate developer in enforcing a contract to recover development costs from the State of Colorado for a 13,000+ sq. ft. "green" home project from which our client withdrew due to a lack of a sustainable water supply.
- The federal court in Colorado granted summary judgment on all claims in favor of WTO's clients, a bank and a trust company. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants acted improperly in connection with a significant loan to a developer, and thereby caused millions of dollars in damages to the developer.
- WTO obtained a temporary restraining order for its client, an architectural review committee, in connection with a dispute with a developer. The TRO prohibited the developer from proceeding with objectionable aspects of the development at issue.
- In a brand-protection case that the firm handled for a well-known appliance manufacturing company, WTO obtained a temporary restraining order in Denver District Court against an appliance retail outlet and its owner after presenting compelling evidence of the defendants' massive fraud against our client and Colorado consumers.
- WTO represented one of the defendants in a breach-of-contract case involving commercial real estate. The plaintiff sued his two business partners for close to $10 million, claiming fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and unjust enrichment. The court ruled for the defendants on all counts.
- WTO represented a California corporation that manufactures motorcycle components and tools for high-end motorcycles against a Colorado company's claim that the parts made by our client were defective. The federal court in Colorado dismissed the plaintiff's cliams and, after the trial, awarded WTO's client more than one million dollars on its counterclaim for nonpayment on the motorcycle parts.
- WTO lawyers defended a major telecommunications company from a corporate customer's fraud claim and favorably resolved the telecom's breach-of-contract claim against the customer.
- WTO helped a major wireless telecommunications provider favorably resolve a commercial landlord's breach-of-lease claim, thereby preventing significant service problems for our client.