Richard F. MacDowell, Jr., Esq
Helping Virginia area residents with personal injury, criminal defense, traffic and family law legal issues.

You’ve worked too hard building your business to risk everything in litigation. Our experienced legal team can help you resolve legal disputes efficiently and cost-effectively.

Fairfax Business Litigation Lawyers MacDowell Law Group

We Are Experienced in All Types of Business Litigation

Whether you are the plaintiff or defendant, our attorneys can help you with a wide variety of litigation matters, including:

  • Breach of contract
  • Unfair trade practices
  • Collection of debts and actions
  • Construction litigation
  • Mechanics’ liens
  • Covenants not to compete
  • Employment law disputes and litigation, including employment, confidentiality and trade secrets, and non-compete agreements
  • Fraud and misrepresentation claims
  • Property, real estate, and lease disputes
  • Litigation with banks
  • Litigation with fiduciaries
  • Trade secret misappropriation
  • Unfair competition
  • Construction defects
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Business freeze-outs
  • Contentious partnership disputes

Breach of contract and unfair trade practices are two of the most common and potentially damaging types of business litigation we see. Either case can be financially devastating for a business if it is not handled correctly.

Breach of Contract

Every business relies on contracts. Whether you contract with employees, vendors, insurance companies, the government, or others, you count on the other party fulfilling its contractual obligations. If a party breaches a contract they have with you, it could significantly impact your bottom line.

In general, breaches of contract are either:

Material.

A material breach of contract occurs when a party to the contract fails to perform contractual obligations, and the other party is negatively impacted. For example, if a provider fails to deliver goods or perform services, the contract has been materially breached.

Immaterial.

Immaterial breaches are trivial or relatively minor breaches of the contract. While the contract may not have been followed exactly as written, neither party suffered financial harm because of the breach, even if it caused frustration.

If you think that a material breach may have occurred, it is essential to contact a business litigation lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights.

Unfair Trade Practices

Unfair trade practices are also known as unfair business practices or deceptive trade practices. You could face unfair trade practice litigation as a plaintiff if any deceptive or fraudulent methods were used to obtain your business, or as a defendant if a customer claims that you used deceptive or fraudulent methods to get their business.

Some examples of unfair trade practice cases include false advertising, false representation of a good or service, deceptive pricing, and non-compliance with manufacturing standards.

What’s at Stake: Business Litigation Compensation

As a business owner, the compensation you might recover through litigation depends on many factors, including what happened, the type of business litigation case you have, the quality of the evidence, the strength of your legal arguments, and the financial harm your business suffered. In some cases, you may pursue damages that include:

  • Compensatory damages for economic losses
  • Consequential damages for indirect losses, such as hiring someone else to fulfill the terms of a contract
  • Liquidated damages specified in an applicable contract
  • Punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer

Our experienced business litigation lawyers can help you determine if the value of your potential damages is more significant than your possible litigation costs so that you can make an informed decision about pursuing a potential case.

Our Fairfax Business Litigation Team Is Here to Help You

Lawsuits and litigation are, unfortunately, part of doing business. It’s what you do when you face litigation that matters. Business litigation can be time-consuming and critical to your future success. As a business owner, you can’t be expected to litigate your own case and continue to run your business.

Do You Need To Speak With An Experienced Business Litigation Attorney?

If you need to speak with an experienced business litigation attorney please contact us online or call our Fairfax, Virginia business law office at 703.277.2811.