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Attorneys Involved: Neal A. Jacobs

Our client, an asset disposal company, had bid successfully for what promised to be a lucrative contract disposing of surplus assets for the worldwide operations of a multinational corporation. The job would require the disposal company’s team to travel across the world to survey, inventory, appraise and liquidate equipment and other property.

Unfortunately, soon after our client began the work, they discovered that there were far fewer assets to be disposed of than the contract and the corporation’s records had indicated. $20 million in anticipated profits never materialized -- our client could not even recover its costs for the project. The corporation had ignored the company’s numerous requests to be compensated for its efforts. At the time they contacted Jacobs Law Group’s commercial litigation attorneys, our client had run out of patience and believed they needed to sue the corporation to recoup their losses.

Litigation is expensive, and litigation against an opponent with the resources of a typical large corporation is often prohibitive. Jacobs Law Group’s corporate attorneys advised a more measured approach. Our team recognized right away that our client’s lost investment also amounted to a legal issue for the corporation. The same accounting inaccuracies that caused our client to lose money on the contract had the potential to cost the corporation an enormous sum of money in fines for regulatory violations.

Rather than take an adversarial stance, Jacobs Law Group saw an opportunity to arrive at a solution that would benefit both our client and the multinational corporation. Our team formulated a plan to document, country by country, the discrepancies between the assets on the ground and the surplus equipment lists. Jacobs Law Group then used its professional network to obtain an introduction to a board member of the corporation. That board member also sat on the corporation’s audit committee.

After speaking with Jacobs Law Group, the board member convened a conversation between our attorneys, the corporation’s general counsel, and our client. All participants quickly appreciated the serious nature of the issue. The corporation recognized the value of taking steps to quietly determine the extent and nature of its accounting deficiencies, allowing them to correct their books to reflect properly the value of their surplus assets.

The Jacobs Law Group’s solution was a genuine “win-win.” It enabled our client to recover a significant portion of its lost profits, prompted the multinational corporation to take corrective action on the accounting front, and was completed in a small fraction of the time that a lawsuit would have taken.

Attorneys Involved: Neal A. Jacobs

Our clients, the owners of a franchise business, came to us seeking replacement counsel after their case already was in federal court.

The case centered around a franchise sell-back that had left our clients with a $7 million loss. Our clients had sold their business back to the franchisor under an agreement that provided for a future earn-out. However, the franchisor refused to pay the earn-out and the client was out $7 million.

Jacobs Law Group attorneys were brought in while the case already had been litigated for some time, and the parties were engaging in unproductive and expensive discovery disputes. Jacobs Law Group business divorce attorneys recognized that not only were the discovery issues difficult, but that the accounting issues would be very difficult for a jury to understand. We also quickly recognized that the parties’ positions were so far apart that no final resolution was likely: our client believed the entire earn-out had been earned, while the franchisor believed that none of the earn-out had been earned.

Jacobs Law Group attorneys proposed that the way to surmount this was for both sides to agree to a high/low arbitration proposal. The strategy would force the arbitrator to pick the number that he or she thought was most reasonable. It would also force both sides to be realistic about the strength of their cases and would move the parties to be more reasonable in their final proposals to the arbitrator.

The parties both agreed to a well-defined arbitration process, and Jacobs Law Group commercial lawyers prevailed in demonstrating that its damage number should be selected. The arbitrator awarded Jacobs Law Group's clients more than $5 million in damages.

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