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Contract Litigation

Minneapolis Contract Litigation Lawyer

Attorneys for Failed Agreements And Broken Promises

When contracts are broken, there are negative consequences. These can range from the contract’s breach causing delays, other contracts not being honored, and money lost for everyone involved. When a contract is broken, or if someone thinks it has not been honored, you need the Minneapolis and St. Paul business litigators at MKT Law. At our business litigation firm, we represent big or small businesses nd people with breached contracts or those accused of breaking a contract.

Examples of Contract Disputes

When it comes to business, anything can happen when you enter a contract binding you or others to a business relationship. There are many reasons why having a contract litigation attorney by your side would be essential.

Examples of common contract litigation disputes are:

  • Commercial Leases, including real estate and equipment leases
  • Company Contracts, including enforcing and disputing non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, severance agreements
  • Consumer Contract Disputes
  • Financing Agreements
  • Franchise agreements
  • Invoice-Only Contracts
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)
  • Oral Agreements
  • Partnership agreements, joint venture agreements, shareholder agreements
  • Sale-related agreements, including purchase agreements, purchase orders, and warranties
  • Tortious Interference

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What is a Tortious Interference?

A tortious interference is when a third party’s interference in your contract with another person or company significantly harms your business. Tortious interference can occur whether you have a formal contract or even a handshake agreement. If someone unfairly disrupts your business relationships, you are able to pursue legal remedies.

When a contract is wrongfully interfered with by someone who wanted it broken so that they can benefit, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against that person or business entity for wrongfully interfering with your contract. The proper legal term is “tortious interference with an existing contract.”

Examples of Tortious Interference

An example of tortious interference is in the circumstance that you have a non-compete agreement with a key employee that says he cannot work for a competitor for one year after leaving his job. Your main competitor knows of the agreement and offers the employee a job he cannot turn down. The employee quits and goes straight to work for your competitor. If this occurs, you probably can sue your competitor for wrongful (or “tortious”) interference with contract.

Likewise, if someone illegally interfered with your ability to enter into a contract, complete a sale, or continue a business relationship with a prospective customer, you may have a claim against the interloper for interfering with your prospective business relationship. Or, to use fancy legal lingo again, you may have a claim for “tortious interference with a prospective economic advantage.”

Another example is if your competitor pays your employee to get a list of all of the businesses your sales reps have been trying to sell to for the last year. Your competitor uses that list to contact all of your prospects to undercut the deal you were offering so they won’t buy from you. If this occurs, you may have a claim against your competitor for tortious interference with prospective economic advantage.

More examples include:

  • Your competitor diverts a shipment of your product
  • Someone that is not a party to your contract, intentionally causes the contract to be broken
  • Someone uses threats or intimidation to have someone else not buy from you

Need to resolve a breached contract? Call (612) 260-5109 to request a confidential case review.

Minneapolis Contract Litigation Attorneys for Small Businesses

Owners of smaller businesses are generally required to sign a lot of contracts personally. This is a way for the other party to get around the personal liability protections you enjoy due to running your business as a corporation, S corporation, or LLC. These cases can involve numerous strategic decisions about how to proceed based on your particular situation. We can defend both you and your business, or only one of you, and have the experience to craft the most effective defense to protect you and your business.

When your contract says the prevailing party shall pay the non-prevailing party’s attorney’s fees, what does that mean? Will the Court make the other party pay your attorney’s fees? Will you have to pay for the attorney’s fees for the attorney that’s suing you? These clauses are more complicated than they appear.

They also are not always enforced or applied in the manner you would think when reading the actual language in your contract. We can explain to you how the Courts in Minnesota treat attorney fee clauses. An attorney’s fees clause, if applicable and enforceable, can have a significant impact on how your contract case should be handled. Our Minneapolis contract litigation lawyers can help you intelligently navigate cases involving contracts when attorney’s fees are at issue.

Whatever type of agreement you have that is not being honored, or that someone is accusing you of breaking, contact the contract litigation attorney at MKT Law. We can help!

Being Sued for a Breach of Contract?

Even though you’re certain you haven’t breached any contracts, you can’t expect a good outcome if you just deny the claims. You need to present what is known as an “affirmative defense,” and you need to right away when you answer the Complaint.

Otherwise, you lose your right to assert them. If they are not raised, they are waived. If you wait too long to raise your defense, they could be seen as unusable or fraudulent later down the line. A skilled contract litigation lawyer can help you prepare the best defense for your case.

For over 20+ years, our Minneapolis business lawyers have handled hundreds of cases, ranging in complexity for businesses from throughout the country. Our knowledge of how businesses operate and rely on contracts allows us to provide our clients with pragmatic counsel and creative solutions. When addressing contract litigation matters, such as being sued for a breach of contract, we aggressively protect the interests of our clients, both inside and outside of the courtroom.

At MKT Law, PLC, we analyze your situation and give an honest assessment of your case with the inherent uncertainties litigation involves. Below are a few questions we ask to better understand your situation:

  • Was an enforceable agreement even reached?
  • Was there a meeting of the minds?
  • Was there consideration requiring a promise to be kept?
  • Was there a breach or was it not even an agreement?
  • Can you not honor the contract because you think the other party will not or cannot perform?
  • Can you force someone to specifically perform the agreement?
  • What damages will fairly compensate you?
  • Has there been any harm done from the contract not being completed?

If you live in Timbuktu (or anywhere else) and the contract you signed says all legal actions will take place in Minnesota, give one of our contract litigation attorney a call. Many contracts force businesses to litigate in this state if the contracting company (or a related company) is located in Minnesota, even if you are thousands of miles away (or more) and have never been to the Great State of Minnesota.

We have extensive experience with forum selection clauses and know how to economically handle cases when our clients are from outside the state.

To learn more about cost-effective solutions to your contract disputes, contact MKT Law at (612) 260-5109.


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