By Michael R. Jackson, Shareholder
Businesses routinely enter into contractual agreements with business partners, individuals, and other companies. Sometimes, a dispute arises and a lawsuit must be brought under that contract. Some cases reveal – aside from a simple breach of contract – issues of fraud and even theft. The attorneys of Jackson Law International are experienced in handling a wide variety of such matters.
Recently, I was retained by a family-owned German manufacturing firm that specializes in the production, installation, and sales of store construction and luxury interior finishing. The luxury interior finishing division had expanded in the past decade to include luxury yachts and busses. The legal problem centered upon a luxury bus, valued at $1,200,000.00, which had been built out in their German production center and had been shipped to Las Vegas, Nevada, to be sold on consignment in a local showroom. Instead, the consignee of this luxury vehicle diverted it into the hands of a local dealer in Central Florida. Speed was of the essence, as the dealer intended to offer the luxury bus for sale at one of the nation’s largest sales events in Tampa, Florida only days later.
The first step to recover the luxury bus was to file a Verified Ex Parte Emergency Motion for Temporary Injunction and a 17-Count Complaint containing claims of breach of contract, breach of contract implied in fact, breach of quasi contract, fraud, conversion, civil conspiracy, constructive trust, and replevin against all individuals and entities involved. The Emergency Motion for Temporary Injunction, which requires one to overcome significant legal hurdles in obtaining the injunction, was nevertheless immediately granted by the court, and although the vehicle had already been transported from its Central Florida location to the Tampa sale location, I was able to coordinate the service of the court’s injunction upon the event’s organizers and the dealer. As a result, the vehicle had to be returned to the dealer’s lot, pending resolution of the lawsuit.
Ultimately, I was able to secure the return of the luxury bus to the German manufacturer, which shipped the vehicle back to Germany. While in transport to Germany, the consignee attempted to utilize the German court system in order to secure the return of the vehicle. However, working in concert with German attorneys, I was able to assist in explaining the legal basis and justification for the return of the vehicle to the manufacturing firm, which was ultimately authorized by the German court to sell the vehicle.
The attorneys of Jackson Law International take great pride in assisting small and large companies, whether domestic or international, in their litigation needs. Our firm is dedicated to providing an in-depth evaluation of your matter and discussing with you your potential claims or defenses. Jackson Law International looks forward to the opportunity of serving you.
International Litigation typically presents the courts, attorneys, and parties with unique challenges that fall outside of the general experience of law firms that have not routinely handled such matters. Our international experience allows us to assist clients and other law firms in international matters, and the firm looks forward to the opportunity to put that experience to work for its clients.
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