In order to serve all of the needs of our clients, The Michael Jeffcoat Firm represents businesses in dispute with other businesses. A typical “business litigation” scenario may include injury or disparagement to the reputation of a business, interference with a contract, breach of contract, or unfair competition. Such practices are in violation of the law, and can cause serious damage to a business, both in terms of financial loss and ill will.
Business litigation in South Carolina can range from simple to extremely complex. Business disputes can involve many parties and touch on a number of issues and regulations. Cases like these call for an experienced advocate. With The Michael Jeffcoat Firm on your side, you can count on our team to make quick and strategic moves with your best interest in mind.
Types of South Carolina business litigation we handle
At The Michael Jeffcoat Firm, we handle all types of business vs. business litigation, involving both contracts and torts, in the state and federal courts throughout South Carolina. Some of the types of business and commercial litigation we handle include:
Employee Relationship Disputes
- Breach of employee non-disclosure agreements
- Breach of non-competition or non-solicitation agreements
- Breach of contract
- Breach of oral agreements
Intellectual Property Issues
- Infringement of intellectual property rights
- Intellectual property issues
- Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law
- Unfair competition
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Invasion of privacy
- Negligent misrepresentation
- Slander and libel
- Intentional interference with a contract
- Tortious interference (intentional damage of a business relationship)
- Fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation
Other commercial litigation issues
- False advertisement
- Insurance litigation
Business vs. business in SC
When it comes to business disputes, one size does not fit all. Each conflict calls for a custom-tailored solution. The Michael Jeffcoat Firm can help you identify and work toward the resolution that makes sense for your business.
If successful in a commercial litigation in South Carolina, there are several types of awards that a court may grant. Monetary damages are meant to compensate a party for financial loss. But the courts have flexibility to grant equitable relief to parties savvy enough to request it. When you choose a SC business lawyer with The Michael Jeffcoat Firm, we will review your case to determine your ideal solution.
Monetary damages: Financial awards can include amounts for any economic damages.
Topics in business law include:
- Lost profits
- Financial loss based on the loss of a contract, as well as compensation for consequential losses to the business and its good will in an intentional interference with contracts
- Statutory damages (standard amounts pre-set by statute) for copyright or trademark violations
- Attorneys fees and treble damages for unfair competition
Equitable relief: Where the threat of damage to a business is serious and the harm would be irreparable, the court may step in to award equitable relief. Equitable relief is different from monetary damages in that a court orders that someone must do something or must refrain from doing something in order to protect the other party. When you choose The Michael Jeffcoat Firm, you can trust us to seek equitable relief from the court when there is an immediate threat to the company.
Some examples of equitable relief include:
- A temporary restraining order to grant immediate protection to prevent a developer from beginning construction on adjacent property where it would cause damage to the surrounding businesses
- An order prohibiting the misappropriation of a company’s trade secrets in order to prevent irreparable harm
- An injunction preventing a competitor company from infringing on a plaintiff’s valid patent
- Where a party threatens to breach a contract for the sale of something of a unique character, like real estate, a court my order specific performance – an order compelling the breaching party to complete the contract
In the shadows of many business disputes lurks a giant that should never be overlooked: an insurance company. Whether an insurance company is going to step up as required under its policy may be the deciding factor in how the business v. business insurance dispute is resolved.
When it comes to insurance, we will tackle disputes over:
- Policy coverages and exclusions
- Duty to defend a party
- Claims handling tactic and insurance carrier bad faith
Managing a business can present both great challenges and great rewards. Unfortunately, it is a normal course of operations that at some point legal issues will arise. How you choose to handle a business conflict can impact the future of the company. The Michael Jeffcoat Firm understands how important these business decisions can be and will help you fight to safeguard your organization. We provide both strong trial skills and thoughtful out-of-court solutions to meet your business needs in Lexington, Columbia and all of Richland County.
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