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California law firm litigates on behalf of your business

If you engage in commerce, sooner or later you are almost certain to encounter a dispute with a client or contractor that requires experienced legal representation to resolve. The Law Offices of James W. Bates has been assisting businesses for 28 years through alternative dispute resolution and civil trials in state and federal courts. The firm has the knowledge and experience to help your business in cases related to:

  • Antitrust, unfair practices and trade regulation
    violations
  • Banking and creditor issues, including lender
    liability
  • Breach of contract
  • Breach of warranty
  • Business torts
  • Construction law
  • Environmental law
  • Insurance
  • Products liability
  • Professional liability
  • Real estate
  • Partnership and shareholder disputes

Recovery from breach of contract

When a party to a contract fails to perform, it damages the other business. This damage often goes beyond the immediate inconvenience of getting less than promised by the contract. The breach can also cost you future profits if you are unable to serve your clients as a result. James W. Bates can help you achieve the best legal remedy for a breach of contract, such as:

  • Compensatory damages – reimbursement for immediate monetary loss
  • Consequential and incidental damages – compensation for additional foreseeable losses caused by the breach
  • Attorney fees and costs – amounts available only if the contract expressly states they are recoverable
  • Liquidated damages – amounts specified in the contract that are payable for particular breaches, such as late or substandard performance
  • Specific performance – court order requiring the breaching party to fulfill the terms of the contract
  • Punitive damages – penalty for a party’s objectionable behavior, meant to punish the breaching party and discourage other parties from acting in a similar manner
  • Rescission – cancellation of the contract, with both sides excused from further performance and payments made under the contract returned
  • Reformation – change in the terms of the contract when the court believes there was an honest misunderstanding by the parties about what was to be performed

Affordable alternatives to a civil suit

The cost of traditional litigation can easily exceed the amount of the contract. Fortunately, there are various means of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation and arbitration, that are less costly and quicker than civil lawsuits, but can deliver the same remedies. The Law Offices of James W. Bates has successfully represented clients in arbitration and mediation hearings, and has settled lawsuits prior to trial, saving our clients expenses and getting their businesses back on track.

Contact a dependable Glendale law firm to get your business moving again

If your business has been damaged by someone else’s conduct, you need to take action. Delaying the exercise of your rights could mean losing them. Recovering damages could make the difference between profitability and insolvency for your company. Contact the firm online or call the Law Offices of James W. Bates at 818-482-2308 to schedule your free initial consultation.

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  • Pasadena Office
    1055 E. Colorado Blvd.
    5th Floor
    Pasadena, California 91106-2327
    Phone: 818-248-1911
    Fax: 818-279-0513