The Cromer Law Group PLLC: The business cliché says that time is money. But in some legal situations, time is worth more than money, especially during these hard economic times. When your Michigan based business is threatened by loss of customer goodwill or client poaching by former employees, the harm is immediate and its monetary value is difficult to measure, if it can be measured in dollars at all. Quick action is important in those situations, because a traditional court case is often too little, too late and too expensive. However, the experienced Michigan attorneys at The Cromer Law Group, PLLC, will seek Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO), Preliminary and/or Permanent Injunctions (PI) and Declaratory Judgments (DJ) on behalf of our clients. Our lawyers have successfully obtained TROs, PIs and DJs for both plaintiffs and defendants.
Legal emergencies pop-up frequently in disputes between business partners, shareholders, members or employers and employees. Those close relationships create opportunities for one side to infringe on the rights of the other, or to betray the other’s trust, with damaging financial results. When one party violates its legal obligations, the other party has every right to take the dispute to court. However, court cases can take months to be heard – and in emergencies business litigation, you don’t have months. Situations giving rise to emergency business litigation can include:
- Non-payment, non-delivery and other violations of business-to-business contracts
- Violations of restrictive covenants in employment, including non-compete and non-solicitation of current employees
- Disclosure of confidential trade secrets
- Violations of client privacy
- Infringement of your intellectual property
- Disagreements among partners, shareholders or members of a business
- Trade libel or business disparagement, and other types of harm to your business reputation
- Allegations of fraud and theft within a business venture
The Cromer Law Group, PLLC, offers clients several ways to handle a legal emergency. If you believe the other party can do your business harm immediately, or is already doing it, our emergency business litigators can help you move for a temporary restraining order (TRO). A TRO is an order from the court to the other party requiring or forbidding certain actions. A TRO will remain in place for a short period of time. You can secure a TRO quickly, if that’s necessary to prevent substantial harm, keep evidence from being destroyed or stop other adverse actions from taking place.
Whether or not you have a TRO, you can also request a preliminary injunction (PI) or a permanent injunction. Both preliminary injunctions and permanent injunctions remain in effect for a longer period of time than a TRO but they are similar types of orders. The court will hold a full evidentiary hearing before granting a PI, but the order will be effective for a much longer period of time and harder to overturn.
Finally, if you believe another party is considering an unwarranted business lawsuit, our emergency business litigation attorneys can strike first by filing for a declaratory judgment. This is a type of lawsuit seeking a declaration from the court explaining both parties’ rights and obligations. A declaratory judgment can put the control of the dispute in your hands, making it a good tool for businesses that anticipate a conflict but have no reason to sue the other party.
Emergency commercial matters require fast action. The emergency business litigation lawyers at The Cromer Law Group, PLLC, can step in right away to draft motions and appear on your behalf of our clients the very next day, if necessary. We have significant experience in Michigan business law and are very aggressive, dedicated advocates for our clients. If you need fast help and would like to discuss your business emergency or related issue with one of our attorneys in confidence, please call (248) 809-6790 (day) or (313) 213-5875 (24 hours) to set up a FREE initial consultation, flexible with your evening and/or weekend schedule. You may also contact us by email.
The attorneys at The Cromer Law Group, PLLC proudly represent Divorce, Criminal, Civil, Family, Business, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, Police Brutality, and Employment clients from the following areas: Detroit, Southfield, Farmington Hills, Lathrup Village, Pontiac, Troy, Ferndale, Warren, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Lansing, Port Huron, Oak Park, Redford, Grosse Pointe, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield, Rochester, Auburn Hills, Clarkston, Birmingham, Novi, Flint, Ann Arbor, Mt. Clemens, Livonia, St. Clair Shores, Flint, Saginaw, Jackson, Inkster, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, including all persons residing in Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County, Wastenaw County, Gennesee County, Monroe County, Ingham County, Jackson County, St. Clair County, Saginaw County, Livingston County, Lenawaee County and all other Michigan counties.
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