Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution

BUSINESS-DISPUTES-LITIGATION-Bigstock_78285008Our law firm prides itself on its experience handling a wide range of civil cases.  Our attorneys represent plaintiffs and defendants, individuals and business entities, in State and Federal Courts throughout Tennessee and beyond.  While we have broad-ranging experience, we recognize that no two cases are exactly the same; therefore, our focus is on providing personalized service to each client.  Whether in settlement discussions, mediation, arbitration, or the courtroom, we advocate for our clients clearly and forcefully.

 

 

Types of civil disputes we handle include the following:

 

COMPLEX BUSINESS LITIGATION

  • Business Divorce (disputes between separating business owners)
    • disputes under partnership agreements, operating agreements, and shareholders’ agreements
    • claims of fraud, misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract by partners, members, and shareholders
    • terminations or expulsions of partners, members, shareholders, and officers
    • squeeze-out merger litigation
  • Noncompetition Agreements
    • claims involving non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality provisions
  • Business Torts
    • claims for unfair competition, interference with contracts and interference with business relationships
    • claims arising under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act
    • claims involving duty of loyalty and misuse of confidential information
  • Business Valuation Cases
    • appraisal actions by dissenting shareholders in squeeze-out merger and asset sale transactions
    • divorce and domestic relations (assisting domestic relations counsel with business valuation issues)
    • business divorce under partnership agreements, operating agreements, and shareholder’s agreements
  • Sale of Business Disputes
    • breach of contract in asset purchase agreements and stock purchase agreements
    • claims based on warranties in asset purchase agreements and stock purchase agreements
    • claims of fraud, misrepresentation, and failure to disclose material facts
  • Corporate Governance Disputes
    • derivative actions
    • breach of fiduciary duty, statutory duty, duty of loyalty, and conflict of interest actions against directors, officers, controlling shareholders and other controlling persons
  • Investor Actions
    • securities fraud litigation under federal and state statutes
    • NASD and AAA arbitration cases with claims of fraud, misrepresentation, and failure to disclose material facts in connection with sales of securities and other investment products
    • NASD and AAA arbitration cases involving unsuitable investments, churning, and unauthorized trading by stock brokers
    • viatical settlement contract fraud claims
    • fraud, misrepresentation, and failure to disclose material facts in the sale of investment products
    • actions to collect margin account debts

For more information about our Tennessee business and commercial dispute practice, or to schedule an appointment to speak with a lawyer about your case, contact us at 615.810.8777.

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PROPERTY/REAL ESTATE DISPUTES

Our attorneys have handled a variety of disputes involving real property, both for individuals and businesses seeking relief and for those who are called upon to defend against claims made against them. Below are some examples of the types of cases in which we have been involved:

  • Enforcement of contracts and options to purchase land
  • Enforcement of rights of first refusal
  • Boundary disputes and issues pertaining to easements and rights of access
  • Actions for breaches of warranties in deeds
  • Title insurance disputes
  • Actions to construe or reform deeds
  • Claims of fraud, misrepresentation, and failure to disclose material facts in land sales
  • Actions to enjoin foreclosure and for wrongful foreclosure
  • Disputes under homeowners’ association rules and bylaws
  • Claims for nuisance and interference with property rights

For more information about our Tennessee business and commercial dispute practice, or to schedule an appointment to speak with a lawyer about your case, contact us at 615.810.8777.

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Breach of contract cases arise in a variety of forms, from promissory notes to commercial agreements to real estate purchase contracts.  Our attorneys have handled numerous breach of contract cases, and are familiar with the different types of contracts that are commonly encountered, as well as the defenses that are often asserted in contract cases.

For more information about our Tennessee business and commercial dispute practice, or to schedule an appointment to speak with a lawyer about your case, contact us at 615.810.8777.

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CLAIMS AGAINST INSURANCE COMPANIES/ERISA DISPUTES/COVERAGE DISPUTES

When a policy-holder has a claim against his or her insurance company, the lawyers of Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter can help.  We have handled ERISA denial of benefits and breach of fiduciary duty claims, bad faith claims, and other insurance coverage disputes.

For more information about our Tennessee business and commercial dispute practice, or to schedule an appointment to speak with a lawyer about your case, contact us at 615.810.8777.

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PROBATE LITIGATION

At Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, PLLC, our attorneys represent clients in litigation matters and other disputes concerning probate, wills, and trusts. Below are some examples of the cases that we have handled in this area:

  • Will contests
  • Actions to set aside lifetime transfers based on undue influence
  • Actions to construe, interpret, and modify wills and trusts
  • Actions by trustees for court instructions and directions
  • Legal malpractice actions involving preparation of wills
  • Actions involving Rule Against Perpetuities issues

For more information about our Tennessee business and commercial dispute practice, or to schedule an appointment to speak with a lawyer about your case, contact us at 615.810.8777.

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ENVIRONMENTAL AND TOXIC TORT

The lawyers at Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, PLLC have represented Plaintiffs and Defendants in cases involving environmental issues, contamination, nuisance, clean-up, mold contamination, and other environmental and toxic tort matters.

For more information about our Tennessee business and commercial dispute practice, or to schedule an appointment to speak with a lawyer about your case, contact us at 615.810.8777.

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ENTERTAINMENT/INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Our attorneys have represented talent and management in a variety of disputes, including:

    • Disputes over rights to historic recordings by major country artist
    • Disputes over rights to singer’s album cover artwork
    • Copyright infringement cases
    • Recording contract disputes
    • Disputes between artists and business manager
    • The commercial use of recorded musical performances not subject to copyright protection

For more information about our Tennessee business and commercial dispute practice, or to schedule an appointment to speak with a lawyer about your case, contact us at 615.810.8777.

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Employment laws are numerous and complicated.  Our lawyers represent aggrieved employees in various matters, including wage and hour claims, and also represent employers in defending claims, including claims for wage and hour violations, sexual harassment, and wrongful discharge. We also handle disputes arising from employment contracts.

For more information about our Tennessee business and commercial dispute practice, or to schedule an appointment to speak with a lawyer about your case, contact us at 615.810.8777.

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DEFAMATION/INVASION OF PRIVACY

Slander, libel, and invasion of privacy are complicated causes of action that often involve a clash of important rights—the right to speak freely and the right to protect one’s reputation.  The attorneys at Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter have handled defamation/invasion of privacy/false light cases for plaintiffs and defendants and cases involving public figures.

For more information about our Tennessee business and commercial dispute practice, or to schedule an appointment to speak with a lawyer about your case, contact us at 615.810.8777.

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INSOLVENCY

Our lawyers know that transactions in the zone of insolvency create special considerations, and are comfortable in handling cases on behalf of creditors and debtors, including cases that involve bankruptcy.  Please know that our firm does not handle Chapter 13 bankruptcy matters.

For more information about our Tennessee business and commercial dispute practice, or to schedule an appointment to speak with a lawyer about your case, contact us at 615.810.8777.

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RECEIVERSHIP

Our firm has served as counsel to the receiver in a major Ponzi scheme case.  We are familiar with receiverships and the unique issues that often arise in complex receivership matters.

For more information about cases involving receiverships, or to schedule an appointment to speak with a lawyer about your case, contact us at 615.810.8777.

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CONSTRUCTION/BUILDING DISPUTES

The lawyers at Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, PLLC represent homeowners in cases involving construction defects, drainage disputes, contract disputes, mold infestation due to negligence, lien disputes, and other disputes involving builders, contractors, and subcontractors.

For more information about our Tennessee business and commercial dispute practice, or to schedule an appointment to speak with a lawyer about your case, contact us at 615.810.8777.

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PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE

We also represent a broad range of professionals and businesses in dealing with licensure issues.  Our clients include physicians, pharmacists, pharmacies, building contractors, nurses, attorneys, prospective attorneys, and others who deal with issues related to licensure.  Our goal is to work with the licensed individual or business to achieve the best possible result in a complex and challenging regulatory environment.