Q. What is “business litigation”?
We use the broad term “business litigation” to describe any litigation for control of a privately-owned company. Other terms we frequently see are “freeze-outs,” “squeeze-outs,” “business divorces,” “oppression” and “breach of fiduciary duty.”
Q. What usually causes “business litigation”?
Greed, dishonesty and ego. Business litigation cases often arises when one co-owner decides to deprive another co-owner of the economic benefits of the business. We have also seen business litigation arise when one owner excludes the other(s) from control of the business.
Q. Should I represent myself in this kind of case?
Absolutely not. Business litigation can become extremely complex; it often presents issues of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, employment law, contract law and equitable remedies. The type of business organization involved in any given case (i.e., corporations, partnerships, LLCs) also matters, because Illinois has different statutes governing different types of businesses.
Litigation between co-owners of a business frequently becomes a bitter, hotly-disputed affair.
Q. How do I avoid “business litigation”?
We recommend several strategies:
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