BET THE COMPANY LITIGATION


Briol & Benson represents companies and individuals in cases where the very existence of the company or an individual’s lifetime of work hangs in the balance. These cases involve the highest of stakes. Mark Briol and Greg Weyandt have been acknowledged as two of the Best Lawyers in America® in “Bet-the-Company” litigation.



TRADE SECRETS

A business’s trade secrets are often its most valuable assets. They give it a leg up on the competition, creating a market edge that others cannot replicate. If those secrets are lost, the damage can be devastating. At the same time, receiving another business’s trade secrets – even if done accidentally – can expose a business to significant risks. It is therefore vital to have a comprehensive trade secret protection plan, and to be prepared to aggressively litigate to protect secrets or to defend against accusations of misappropriating another’s trade secrets. Moreover, these cases require the ability to act quickly, to move into court and get injunctive relief before secret information is made public.

Briol & Benson attorneys can do that. We have the knowledge and experience to help you, whether you are a business seeking to protect its own secrets, an employee who is accused of taking secrets to your new job, or a competitor who has been accused of hiring new employees to get their secret knowledge.



CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS INFORMATION

In today’s competitive environment, a business must protect any information that gives it an edge in the marketplace, including its financial information, customer lists, product information, and more. This can be done by using employment contracts, employee handbooks, non-compete agreements, and other legal tools. Our attorneys have dealt with disputes regarding all the various ways businesses can and should attempt to protect their information. We have experience advising businesses on how to protect their confidential information, and we can assist you in building a robust program to protect your information, or to evaluate your current policies and procedures.

Briol & Benson attorneys have extensive experience in evaluating and litigating disputes about a business’s confidential information. Whether you are an employee who is wondering what information you can use in a new job or an employer who thinks your information has been compromised, we can quickly evaluate your situation and take action to protect what you have worked so hard to build.



INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and other forms of intellectual property are key to a business’s success in the modern information economy. It is therefore vital for companies to aggressively protect their intellectual property rights. Briol & Benson attorneys have experience in both pursuing and defending claims for patent infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, trademark infringement, and more. Thus whether you are trying to enforce your intellectual property or have been accused of using someone else’s property, Briol & Benson can protect your most vital interests.



JOINT VENTURE OR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS

Disputes with a key business partner can threaten your company’s financial future. Briol & Benson’s lawyers have handled numerous disputes over joint ventures and business partnership contracts. We can help you analyze the situation and craft a strategy to help return your arrangement to profitability, or if necessary to pursue your rights for breach of your joint venture agreement.



PATENT INFRINGEMENT

The loss of the benefits of a key patent can threaten the basis of a firm’s success. Alternatively, a rival firm may accuse your key products of infringing its patent rights, threatening to block you from the market.

To effectively litigate a patent dispute, an attorney needs to be able to understand the often complex technology at issue, the economics of the market, and the nuances of patent law. And to be able to explain all those matters in a straightforward, understandable way to the jury. Our attorneys have litigated patent infringement actions around the country, and we can do these things for you. Whether you are seeking to enforce your patent, or have to defend against accusations of infringement, Briol & Benson can help you succeed.



CONSUMER FRAUD & UNFAIR OR DECEPTIVE TRADE PRACTICES

Allegations of violating state consumer fraud statutes may threaten a business’s existence. The potential penalties can be draconian, including fines, damages, and injunctions against certain activities.

If your business has been threatened with a suit, or if you have been put on notice that the government is investigating allegations against your business, you need an attorney who understands these laws and has the practical experience of defending such claims. Briol & Benson attorneys have that knowledge and experience. We can help you respond to any allegations and, if necessary, vigorously litigate to protect your rights.



UNFAIR COMPETITION

The laws governing business practices can be a challenge to understand and apply. But when a competitor is unfairly trading on your advertising or products and taking your customers away, you have to respond. Or, if one of your competitors is trying to use the law to shut down your legitimate comparisons, you must defend yourself vigorously. This is all the more true when the conduct at issue goes to the heart of your business’s success.

Briol & Benson attorneys have experience applying both state and federal laws that regulate business practices. We can help you craft and pursue the best strategy to defend your rights and protect your business.



REGULATORY OR STATUTORY RIGHTS OR OBLIGATIONS

The laws governing business practices can be a challenge to understand and apply. But when a competitor is unfairly trading on your advertising or products and taking your customers away, you have to respond. Or, if one of your competitors is trying to use the law to shut down your legitimate comparisons, you must defend yourself vigorously. This is all the more true when the conduct at issue goes to the heart of your business’s success.

In today’s complex regulatory environment, it is all too common for companies to face inquiries from government agencies or individuals asserting violations of federal, state, or local statutes or regulations. In some cases, these allegations may threaten the very basis of a company’s business.

Briol & Benson has experience addressing such claims. We can help you craft the legal strategy to effectively resolve any such claims, and if necessary defend you from government or private claims.



DEFENSE AGAINST GOVERNMENT ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS

A complex web of overlapping local, state, and federal regulations entangles many businesses today. Often multiple government agencies have potential jurisdiction over a company’s action. Briol & Benson has defended numerous clients from enforcement actions brought by agencies at all levels of government. We can help you analyze the situation, negotiate with the agency, or defend your legal rights in agency proceedings or court.



CONTRACT RIGHTS

Contracts are the primary legal tool governing business relationships, and contract rights are most significant when they involve the most important parts of your business. When those relationships break down – when your counterpart breaches the agreement or accuses you of having done so – you need an attorney who can understand both the legal and business aspects of the problem. Our attorneys understand business, and can help you craft the strategy necessary to resolve your dispute, protect your rights, and allow you to get back to business. Sometimes the result can be negotiated, but other times it requires sophisticated, hard-fought litigation. We can do both, and can help you decide which path to follow.




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