Practice Areas & Industries: Duane Morris LLP


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Duane Morris has a broad trial practice with emphasis on commercial litigation, franchise litigation, products liability, patent litigation, software litigation, construction law and related litigation. More detailed descriptions of our practice in these areas are contained in separate overviews and are available upon request.

Range of Services

The firm's commercial litigation practice encompasses all aspects of commercial relationships, including disputes involving the Uniform Commercial Code, contracts, business dissolutions, leveraged buyouts and other financial arrangements.

Antitrust and Trade Litigation. Our trial lawyers represent clients in private treble damage actions, individuals and corporations indicted for criminal violations of the antitrust laws and companies that have received grand jury subpoenas. In addition to matters involving monopolization, price discrimination, dealer termination, territorial restraints, price-related restraints and restrictive covenants, we have represented clients in cases involving Lanham Act unfair competition claims and trademark infringement. The firm also handles trade regulation work, counseling clients on the legality of business and distribution arrangements under the antitrust and consumer protection laws.

Corporate Litigation. Duane Morris represents clients in litigation involving public and closely held corporations and corporate officers, directors and shareholders. This includes litigation involving management and corporate control issues, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder appraisal rights, contract disputes, employment agreements, covenants not to compete, financial transactions and insurance coverage disputes. We also represent partnerships, partners and sole proprietors in similar types of commercial litigation.

In addition to our commercial litigation practice in the state and federal courts, our lawyers handle declaratory judgments, preliminary injunctions, alternative dispute resolution, domestic and international arbitrations, mini-trials and mediation proceedings.

Securities Litigation. The firm represents clients in litigation brought under state and federal securities laws. Our securities litigation practice ranges from litigation resulting from initial public offerings to shareholder disputes stemming from mergers and acquisitions and tender offers, as well as insurance coverage issues raised in these contexts. The firm also represents clients in securities class actions.

Our lawyers have represented management, as well as outside directors, in various cases involving challenges to public disclosures in connection with public offerings, derivative actions involving fiduciary duty claims and claims brought by regulators and rehabilitators. In addition, Duane Morris has represented both the acquirer and the target in hostile takeovers that have involved issues of securities law, as well as corporate litigation.

In the retail brokerage area, the firm has represented brokerage firms, registered representatives and public customers in litigation and arbitration in all aspects of securities law, including broker-customer cases, intra-industry disputes and employment claims. Our lawyers also serve as and train arbitrators for the National Association of Securities Dealers, providing a unique perspective on how such cases are viewed by those who decide them.

Franchise Litigation. Duane Morris represents both franchisors and franchisees in disputes arising out of their business relationships, including claims for trademark infringement, breach of the franchise agreement and fraud, as well as actions for preliminary and permanent injunctive relief in connection with the termination of the franchise relationship.

RICO and Consumer Protection Litigation. Our lawyers handle treble damage cases for clients arising under the RICO statute, as well as class action lawsuits against businesses for violation of various state consumer protection laws in connection with the advertising and merchandising of their products and services.

Real Estate and Tax Assessment Litigation. Our lawyers have represented businesses in cases involving land use issues, including easements and condemnation, and have been involved in tax sale disputes with local governments, as well as disputes relating to the financing of real estate transactions. The firm also has a substantial practice representing both small and large businesses against municipalities, challenging real estate tax assessments on grounds of improper rates and ratios and improperly assessed valuations.

Injunction Practice. Duane Morris maintains a group of lawyers who are available to appear in both state and federal courts to obtain injunctive relief for the firm's business clients. The firm has represented businesses in a variety of proceedings seeking injunctive relief including restrictive covenants, letters of credit issues, protection of collateral, franchise terminations, public and private nuisance claims, and theft of trade secrets and other proprietary business information.


Services Available

Group Presentations
  Duane Morris Partner Cyndie Chang to Speak at Women@theTable, Los Angeles, CA, June 25, 2015
Duane Morris Partner Tom Thompson to Present at the Today's General Counsel Institute on E-Discovery, Chicago, IL, June 1, 2015
Duane Morris Partner Tom Thompson to Present "Tech Talk on Mobile Device Discovery", Chicago, IL, May 22, 2015
Duane Morris Partner Tom Thompson to Speak at the Masters Conference, Chicago, IL, May 19, 2015
Duane Morris Attorney John Kahn will be a Panelist at the Garden State Bar Association's Panel Discussion "Know Your Rights", Camden, NJ, February 11, 2015
Past Seminar Materials
  Duane Morris Partner Marvin G. Pickholz to Speak at "Anti-Money Laundering Compliance 101", May 19, 2015
Duane Morris Attorneys Will Speak at the 2015 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, Tucson, AZ, March 4, 2015
Duane Morris Partner Cyndie Chang will Panel a Webinar on "Are Warriors the Ideal Litigators? How Stories Infect Our Behavior and Our View of the World", February 26, 2015
Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:

California Transparency in Supply Chains Act -- SB 657 Enforcement by California Attorney General
, April 30, 2015
We reported in a prior Duane Morris Alert that the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (the Act) requires large retail sellers and manufacturers doing business in California to publicly disclose their efforts to eradicate forced labor from their direct supply chains. The law pushes such...

Bill Introduced In Senate To End Travel Restrictions To Cuba
Jose A. Aquino, March 18, 2015
On January 29, 2015, a coalition of four Republican and four Democrat senators introduced legislation to restore freedom to travel to Cuba. While President Obama has announced normalization of some relations between the two countries and relaxed travel restrictions to Cuba such that Americans...

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Oliver Massmann, March 18, 2015
Vietnam’s infrastructure development has struggled to keep up with continued economic and population growth. According to the statistics, Vietnam needs about US$170 billion for infrastructure investment in the period from 2011 to 2020 while the State budget is constrained, capital sources...

New U.S. Policy Towards Cuba Put In Motion By Construction Of Church
Jose A. Aquino, March 18, 2015
The construction of Cuba’s first Roman Catholic Church since Castro came to power in 1959 may well be the first test of the new U.S. policy towards Cuba. The new church, with an expected capacity to accommodate at least 200 worshipers, is set to be built in Sandino, a small, secluded town in...

Delaware Supreme Court Issues Important Revlon Reminder
Richard L. Renck, February 17, 2015
On December 19, 2014, the Supreme Court of Delaware issued an engaging opinion reminding readers of the historical origins of the Revlon doctrine in Delaware corporate jurisprudence and reversing the Court of Chancery’s grant of preliminary injunctive relief because it was based on an...

U.S. Business Embraces President’s Plan For A New Course On Cuba
Jose A. Aquino, February 17, 2015
Yesterday, President Obama announced wide-ranging adjustments of US policy towards Cuba including opening an embassy in Havana. The Obama Plan involves a series of measures aimed at increasing trade between the two countries. The basic premise of the plan is to permit certain exports to Cuba, relax...

New Investment and Enterprise Laws - Meaning Reform or Minor Fiddling? Oliver Massmann
Oliver Massmann, January 30, 2015
On 26 November 2014, the National Assembly of Vietnam passed Law No. 67/2014/QH13 on Investment (“2014 Investment Law”) and Law No. 68/2014/QH13 on Enterprises (“2014 Enterprise Law”), both will replace the Investment Law and Enterprise Law in 2005 by 01 July 2015. Major...

How Immediate is “Prompt” in a Contract? New Delaware Supreme Court Justice Vaughn Finds that It Depends
Christopher M. Winter, January 06, 2015
What does the term “prompt” mean in a contract? Well, it depends, according to Judge James T. Vaughn Jr., who was recently confirmed to the Delaware Supreme Court. In an opinion issued last week from his prior post in the Superior Court (Complex Commercial Division), Justice Vaughn...

New Jersey Establishes Complex Business Litigation Program
James J. Ferrelli, December 10, 2014
The Supreme Court of New Jersey has announced the establishment of a Complex Business Litigation Program, effective January 1, 2015, with designated judges in each county assigned to provide individualized case management to complex business, commercial and construction cases meeting the program...

Get ready, Vietnam’s Restaurants Open To 100% Foreign Ownership!
Manfred Otto, November 17, 2014
Now is the time for international chains to position themselves. Beginning in January 2015, Vietnam’s restaurant business is open to 100 percent foreign ownership. Foreign-invested enterprises (“FIE”) may run their own production and internal logistics network free from...