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Business Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Our attorneys have handled thousands of lawsuits ranging from complex securities fraud and employment class actions, to intellectual property disputes, and unfair competition and unfair business practices claims. We also handle litigation unique to financial institutions including bank fraud, breach of warranty and Uniform Commercial Code claims, receiverships, and alleged lending violations.

Real Estate Litigation

Our Real Estate litigators represent buyers and sellers, landlords and tenants, as well as borrowers and lenders, in all variations of real estate disputes, which usually include issues of financing, foreclosure, joint venture, purchase or specific performance.

Partnership and Corporate Dissolutions / Shareholder Derivative Actions

We have significant experience in representing both majority and minority owners of a variety of businesses, and are sensitive to the many difficult and frequently emotional issues involved. We are able to lend our expertise to buyout, receivership, business valuation and appraisal issues that frequently arise in these contexts.

Labor & Employment

The area of employment/labor practice involves numerous and ever-changing challenges. These challenges range from wage and hour and arbitration issues to discrimination, retaliation and hostile work environment. Our attorneys represent businesses and any accused officers and directors in a manner which both mitigates damages and increases confidentiality and privacy.

Business Torts

Commercial litigation in business tort cases ranges from negligence, fraud, breach of warranty, breach of fiduciary duty, intellectual property, interference with business relationships, unfair business practices and fraudulent transfers. Our attorneys have substantial experience in these areas.

Creditors' Rights

We represent a wide variety of clients in the area of creditors' rights and are experts at collecting delinquent secured and unsecured obligations. This is accomplished via workout negotiations when possible and by aggressive litigation and injunctive relief, when necessary, for purposes of preserving assets to avoid dissipation and maximize recovery. Our goal is to obtain the largest recovery possible for our clients utilizing the most cost efficient means available. Because of our vast experience in this area, we are in daily contact with the California Courts and the Sheriffs' Offices. This enables us to obtain prompt and expeditious results for our clients. We regularly obtain pre-judgment remedies, including Ex Parte Appointment of Receivers, Writs of Attachments and Writs of Possession. The volume of matters we handle also provides enormous benefits to clients in terms of economies of scale which result in reduced legal fees.

Bankruptcy

The firm's Bankruptcy practice is comprised of seasoned, creditor-oriented bankruptcy litigators. We represent a wide variety of creditors in Chapter 11 proceedings and Chapter 7 liquidations. Our financial and statistical analyses combined with our litigation skills protect creditor investments, maximize creditor equity in the bankruptcy context and avoid dissipation of assets. We successfully defend lenders in unfavorable Chapter 11 and 13 Plans of Reorganization, and attempted "cram-down" situations. Recently, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, in a published opinion, overturned a confirmed Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization wherein our creditor client had been treated unfavorably. Another substantial cost to financial institutions and businesses involves fraudulent misrepresentations, which are often followed by bankruptcy in an attempt to escape all liability. Epport, Richman & Robbins, LLP helps clients to avoid these needless losses by identifying fraudulent misrepresentations and then filing Non-Dischargeability actions. We have successfully prosecuted numerous Non-Dischargeability actions under Bankruptcy Code sections 523 and 727.

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