Successful Settlement of Complex Insurance Coverage Dispute
After other firms had passed or encountered a conflict, Art successfully represented a Class I railroad in connection with a multi–million complex insurance coverage dispute arising from environmental contamination at a historic rail yard.
Turned Defense Into Plaintiffs’ Case
Art successfully represented a business owner accused of theft of trade secrets. Art discovered, developed, and pursued counterclaims against the Plaintiff. At the end, Art’s client was no longer the Defendant. On the eve of trial, the Court severely limited the Plaintiff’s claims, allowed the counterclaims to proceed, and granted Art’s client the right to ask the jury for punitive damages.
Prompt Settlement for Rare Coin Investor
One of Art’s clients was an elderly man who had invested in “rare” coins. At the very earliest stages of a lawsuit involving claims for fraud and elder abuse, Art successfully obtained a settlement for his client.
Jury Finds Public Institution Breached Contract with Client
Following a two–week trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Art’s client. The battle was over whether a public institution had violated its contract with a start–up company that specialized in the cellular technology space. The jury agreed that the contract was breached and awarded Art’s client damages as a result.
Business Partner Awarded $1 Million Jury Verdict on Oral Promise
As lead lawyer, Art successfully enforced an oral promise amongst two business people to split the profits of a business. After four days of trial, the jury awarded Art’s client the entire amount requested.
Obtained Summary Judgment in Shareholder Rights Case and Saved Client Millions
Art defeated a minority shareholder’s effort to obtain a multi–million dollar windfall in exchange for its interest in a Minnesota corporation. The Court entered summary judgment in favor of Art’s client and denied the minority shareholder’s entire claim of unfair and prejudicial treatment. As a result, the operating agreement for Art’s client was affirmed and future shareholder buyouts were greatly reduced.
Enforcing Non-compete and Trade Secret Rights
One of Art’s clients discovered that its business partner was planning to open a competing business just down the street. The case was in Wisconsin. Art successfully sought an injunction from the local courts to prevent the opening of the business. Art successfully defeated a series of motions seeking to lift the injunction and/or dismiss the case. After two years of litigation and on the eve of trial, the defendant agreed to transfer the primary asset of the competing business (worth over $1 million) to Art’s client and refrain from competition for an additional two years.
Unwinding Fraud Against A Commercial Real Estate Company
For many years, a property manager had perpetrated a fraudulent scheme against a commercial real estate owner and developer. When the developer was about to go under, Art was brought in. Art successfully sought the appointment of a receiver and filed a series of actions to uncover and unwind the fraudulent conduct of the property manager. Art obtained an injunction freezing the property manager’s assets, one of the fraudsters was sent to prison, and Art obtained settlements or judgments worth over $2 million for the benefit of the commercial real estate developer.
Defending Financial Institutions in Individual Claims
Art has defended a variety of financial institutions involving claims arising from failed investments, alleged misrepresentations regarding individual products or investment recommendations, and regulatory violations. Art has been involved in countless individual claims.
Defending Financial Institutions in Class Actions
As a part of his work for financial institutions, Art has served as the lead lawyer defending against class actions alleging violations of state or federal consumer protection statutes. At the very start of his career, Art dedicated himself to the defense of actions arising from the sale of life insurance products. These cases spanned the entire country and ultimately led to Art’s involvement as a part of the trial team defending against a class action seeking over $2 billion. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Art’s client.
Obtaining an Injunction on Behalf of Broker Dealer
Art successfully sought an injunction against a registered representative who was stealing funds from his clients. Later, Art’s client obtained a stipulated judgment against the registered representative for $2 million. As a result of Art’s prompt action, the broker dealer minimized losses arising from the registered representative’s conduct and successfully defended all subsequent claims.
Defeating Partners in Dispute Over Family Business
Art’s client was forced out of the family-owned company and accused of breaching his fiduciary duties. The dispute involved an operating company and an asset holding company – with allegations of corporate waste. After a protracted battle and multiple lawsuits, Art’s client was successfully reinstalled and now controls the future of the company.
$2 Million Defense in Shareholder Buyout Case
Art successfully defended a company client against a $2 million demand for a stock buy–out. The matter was settled for a small fraction of the minority shareholder’s demand and before any lawsuit was filed.
$4 Million Defense of Partnership Dispute
In a private arbitration over an alleged agreement to sell a company for $9 million, Art’s client was awarded a complete defense decision. As a result, his client owed the Plaintiff nothing and Art’s client maintained full control of the company.
Recovering the Entire Business Plus $750,000 in Arbitration
In a case involving alleged fraud and other malfeasance, Art obtained a $750,000 recovery of funds and a return of the business for his business owner client in a private arbitration. In the process, Art defeated every counterclaim asserted by the other party.
Stipulated Walkaway Resolution in Alleged $5 Million Michigan Trade Secret Litigation
Art successfully defended a Minnesota based client and achieved stipulated dismissal of an alleged $5 million trade secret case pending in Michigan.
Wrongfully Terminated Sales Representatives
Many sales representatives who have been wrongfully terminated have retained Art, who has recovered the maximum possible, multiple times in the past decade for terminated sales representatives.
Enforcement of Non-Compete Provisions
Many businesses have turned to Art to enforce their non–competition agreements with former employees and business partners. Art has obtained many temporary restraining orders and injunctions to enforce his client’s contractual rights.