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Business and Real Property Litigation

Walsworth’s business litigation team includes lawyers who have been resolving disputes for clients for over 30 years. We have substantial experience in dispute resolution – through mediation and direct negotiations – and through litigation, including jury and non-jury trials in both state and federal courts, arbitrations, administrative hearings, orders of general reference and the appellate process.

Our experience covers a broad spectrum of areas, including commercial disputes, unfair competition allegations, consumer remedies claims, breach of contract, employment issues, statutory claims, real estate and land use matters, construction cases and regulatory agency proceedings. We also have experience in representing auto manufacturers in finance and warranty claims under state and federal law (i.e., Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act). Our corporate litigation experience also includes director and officer liability, shareholder disputes and breach of fiduciary duty claims.

Our business litigation team is available to assist with your business dispute, review the options, including the potential risks and benefits of each, and develop a comprehensive plan to effectively and realistically resolve your matter.

We handle a large range of matters, including:

Business Litigation

  • Commercial Contracts
  • Consumer Warranty Litigation
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Financial Institution Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims
  • Unfair Competition Disputes

Real Property Litigation

  • Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation
  • Litigation Regarding Purchase or Sale of Real Estate
  • Title, Easement and Lien Disputes
  • Board of Association of Realtors Ethics Committee Claims
  • California Bureau of Real Estate Investigations

Representative Successes

  • Plaintiff v. Commercial Real Estate Brokerage – Secured a defense verdict and award of costs in favor of a commercial real estate brokerage accused of professional negligence and breach of fiduciary duties. Plaintiff alleged a commercial real estate transaction involving the purchase of country club and complicated liquor license was thwarted when escrow instructions were not properly completed. Due to thorough cross examination of witnesses and  expert testimony, the judge entered judgment in favor of our client immediately after closing arguments and without taking the matter under submission.
  • Plaintiffs v. Real Estate Agency and Listing Agent – Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a well-known commercial real estate agency and listing agent in a complex real estate investment case alleging intentional misrepresentation. Plaintiffs alleged they were misled when they purchased 4.5 acres of land with two large structures and found out the property lacked certain permits which allegedly made it not suitable for their investment needs. The court ultimately held that our clients properly administered their professional duties and there was no evidence of misrepresentation.
  • Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation v. Museum of Global Antiquities – Represented plaintiffs in a case where the defendants induced them to loan $4.8 million, and to then invest an additional $2.225 million, in classic violins. At trial, we convinced the jury the investment scheme was a ruse and the main violin at issue never existed. The jury awarded our clients $27 million in damages against the defendants, the Museum of Global Antiquities and its president.
  • Kummel v. Old World – Secured a defense verdict in a business tort-contract dispute involving approximately $15 million in assets after a one-month trial.