Since founding our firm in 2015, we have achieved excellent results for our clients both in Illinois and throughout the country.
Some of the results we achieved for our clients are described below.
Refusal to pay entrepreneur after acquisition
Our client sold his company to a large corporation with a promise of both an up-front payment and future payments. The corporation refused to make the future payments. Instead, the corporation and its lawyers threatened to sue the entrepreneur for fraud claims and “destroy his life.” Our client filed his own lawsuit. After a series of rulings in our client’s favor, including dismissal of the corporation’s fraud case, the case settled with a substantial payment to our client and his shareholders for roughly 80% of the amount sought.
Refusal to pay for construction work
Our client, a publicly traded corporation, performed significant construction work for a port company. The defendant port company asserted that it owed nothing for the work performed. We won a three-day arbitration and recovered the full amount of the contract plus several years of interest.
$48.9 million in store credit won in class action against retailer
We pursued a class action lawsuit against a major retailer that changed its loyalty program to deprive millions of its customers of cash-equivalent rewards they had been promised. After we won a contested class certification motion, the case settled. Under the court approved settlement, the class received more than $48.9 million in rewards, which were automatically added to class members’ accounts. The class used over $10.5 million worth of rewards provided by the settlement. The court also awarded over $3.4 million in attorneys’ fees, which the defendant paid in addition to the other benefits provided to the class.
Successful Class Action Lawsuits Against Employers Who Violated Biometric Law
In many instances, Illinois employers require employees to provide biometric information without complying with Illinois’ privacy laws. In numerous cases, we obtained significant class relief for employees whose employers obtained their biometric information without their consent.
Settlement on artificially reduced post-acquisition earnout payments
Our clients sold their company to a subsidiary of a major corporation. The purchase agreement provided for post-acquisition earnout payments. Our clients contended that the purchaser took steps to artificially reduce the earnout payments and filed a lawsuit. The case settled on confidential terms.
Defense of manufacturer’s trademark after bullying threat by multinational conglomerate
We represented a skin cream manufacturer in a trademark proceeding before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board. The adverse party was one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies. That company threatened to cancel our client’s trademark if our client did not allow the company to register a similar mark. Ultimately, after contested proceedings, the company unconditionally abandoned its trademark application and allowed our client to keep its mark.
$8.5 million won for the State of California and workers
Along with co-counsel, we filed a PAGA action in California state court against an electric scooter company because it failed to pay its workers minimum wage and reimburse their expenses. The electric scooter company tried to justify these wage violations by misclassifying its workers as “independent contractors.” We obtained an $8.5 million settlement, which is one of the largest PAGA-only gig economy settlements.
We have handled many other commercial, employment, and consumer disputes that settled or otherwise resolved favorably under confidential terms. We also successfully have represented clients in many smaller disputes. We can help clients assess the value of their claims or their risk of exposure after a thorough review of their unique factual situation. If you need legal representation, please give us a call.
All cases are different, and litigation always involves some degree of uncertainty and risk. Nobody can predict with any certainty what a judge or jury will do in any particular case. Accordingly, none of the results described above are intended to suggest that a client will obtain a similar result if he or she hires our firm.