Our client UHS was sued for $100 million in Texas federal court along with several other defendants for allegedly violating federal antitrust laws. The suit asserted that defendants monopolized the $450 million medical equipment rental market by unfairly controlling the market through contracts with group purchasing organizations. UHS wanted to manage its legal costs, move toward resolution, and obtain a favorable outcome.
We took over for the client's prior counsel, one of the largest firms in America, and staffed this complex case with 6 lawyers instead of 17 to avoid unnecessary and duplicate billing. The plaintiff demanded tens of millions of dollars and the client’s insurers refused to pay anything toward settlement. We advised our client to confront its insurers and continue defending the litigation. We brought aggressive counterclaims and did the discovery necessary to bring a motion to dismiss the case. Read more
Our client owned property adjacent to the Metrodome, and it had a contract with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority that granted the Minnesota Vikings the right to use the plaza on game days. The MSFA needed our client's property to develop the new Vikings stadium, but it was unclear whether the MSFA would purchase the property or take it through eminent domain. The MSFA stalled negotiations because it did not want to pay our client fair value.
We filed a lawsuit seeking clarification of the MSFA’s intent to purchase the property and to settle the dispute over the Vikings’ right to use the plaza for events. Filing suit forced the MSFA to address the situation directly and mediate a fair settlement. Our client ultimately sold the property for $17.1 million, well above the estimated market value of $4.5 million. Read more
Our client, Park Dental, believed its administrative services provider, ADPI, was paying itself grossly excessive fees and interfering with the dental care of its patients. Our client wanted out of its contract with ADPI and it wanted to regain control of its dental practices with minimal disruption to the business.
We initiated a lawsuit that included claims for violation of the Minnesota Dental Practices Act, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and other claims. At the conclusion of trial, the jury delivered a $130 million verdict for our client – the largest ever awarded in Hennepin County. Ultimately, the dental practices were returned to the dentists and our clients were able to sever their relationship with ADPI. Read more
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