Business Law

Business and commercial litigation can center on a variety of disputes. This type of litigation is typically contentious and often the parties take a long time to reach an acceptable resolution.  Goodis Thompson & Miller defends clients in commercial, corporate, and fraud litigation matters. This area of the law includes the following types of cases:

  • Indemnification and breach of contract
  • Contract disputes
  • Fraud
  • Unfair competition and advertising injury
  • Debt collection
  • Officer and director liability claims
  • Corporate governance
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Business dissolution
  • Lanham Act Claims
  • Shareholder and partnership disputes
  • Internet and website liability and exposure

Contract Disputes

Contract disputes represent one very common issue for businesses. Business relationships and the success of a company are often dictated by the terms of a contract. Contractual disputes can have a devastating effect on businesses. Some common contracts include:

  • Equipment purchase and rental contracts
  • Franchise contracts
  • Construction contracts
  • Distribution contracts

A contract dispute could cause a company to face a loss of clients, lost profits and assets, damage to the company’s reputation, delays in production, or even stressed relationships with business partners. The knowledgeable business attorneys at Goodis Thompson & Miller understand the disruptive effect that a contractual dispute has on a business. We will work to ensure that your business’ rights and interests are protected throughout the litigation process.

Fraud

Commercial enterprises must deal with fraud or deceptive trade practices matters. For deceptive trade practices, the Florida statute on Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices is typically applicable. A fraud case can arise when accusations of embezzlement, accounting fraud, or forgery are raised.

Collection of Debts

Companies that have debt collection concerns need attorneys who understand how to defend against improper attempts to collect debts or claims of improper collection. Our attorneys understand both the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Florida Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, which may be applicable to debt collection cases.

Shareholder and Partnership Disputes

When a business begins, the partners and shareholders usually begin in complete agreement on how finances, profits, and other related expenses and powers in the organization should be distributed among those involved. However, when conflicts arise among partners or shareholders, having an agreement that provides clarity as to the rights and obligations of all of the parties involved becomes very important to preserving a business. Our attorneys will take the time to determine exactly what terms your business needs and we have the skill to implement those needs in a partner or shareholder agreement. In the event that a disagreement rises to the level of litigation, our firm also has the expertise to represent your interests throughout the litigation process.

If your business is confronted with a litigation matter, contact Goodis Thompson & Miller for aggressive, skilled advocates to handle your case.