Business & Commercial Litigation

commercial litigation

Zealously representing clients in high-stakes litigation, Ropes & Gray’s business & commercial litigation team excels at handling large, sophisticated cases and consistently delivers winning results.

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Overview

Clients turn to Ropes & Gray for their most contentious matters when their businesses and livelihoods are on the line. We represent clients in high-stakes, prominent litigation and excel at managing large, sophisticated, and complex disputes.

With more than 400 litigators, we have the resources to assemble the right team to address the most complicated, time-sensitive bet-the-company matters.

Our broad range of services includes:

  • Antitrust matters
  • Complex contract and commercial disputes
  • Consumer class actions
  • Consumer protection litigation
  • Corporate governance and fiduciary duty disputes
  • Data breach and cyber theft matters
  • ERISA and employment litigation
  • Fraud and deceptive trade practice claims
  • Real estate litigation

Our thorough understanding of our clients’ business goals and objectives sets us apart. Blending insights and experience from across the firm, we identify solutions and creatively deliver the right result in any given situation. 

We use pretrial motions and alternative dispute resolution to reduce litigation costs and exposure. Proficient at employing the latest litigation technology, we guide our clients through every aspect of discovery in complex cases including class actions, multi-district litigation, parallel civil and criminal proceedings, and government investigations. 

When necessary, we have the experience and talent to take cases to trial. Our team includes fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and we are regularly recognized as a leading practice by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, with practitioners highly ranked in multiple jurisdictions.

Diverse Clients Across Industries

From Wall Street firms and mutual fund companies to pharmaceutical giants and life sciences firms, leading businesses and individuals rely on us for all their litigation needs. Our clients are from a diverse range of industries, including Financial Services, Automotive & Transportation, Health Care, Life Sciences, Manufacturing & Industrial Services, Technology, Retail & Consumer Brands, Education, and Insurance, among others.

Experience

Ropes & Gray is regularly recognized as a leading practice by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, with practitioners highly ranked in multiple jurisdictions. 

Recent successes include representation of:

  • Famed author Patricia Cornwell, winning a $51 million verdict following a seven week jury trial. Cornwell filed suit against financial advisor Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP, and its former principal, Evan H. Snapper, for breach of fiduciary duty and negligence in the handling of her finances over a period of approximately four-and-a-half years.
  • A Leading Consumer Technology Company and its entities as global coordinating counsel in multiple litigations and government investigations arising from recent criminal cyber-attacks on certain computer networks.
  • TravelCenters of America, a national fuel retailer, in a multi-district putative class action alleging consumer protection violations and unfair trade practices in connection with the sale of motor fuel at retail.
  • Heartland Payment Systems, a credit card processor, as lead counsel in multiple consumer class action litigations stemming from an alleged breach of the company’s data systems.
  • National City Bank (NCB) in securing dismissal of a civil RICO class action lawsuit alleging that NCB participated in a telemarketing fraud conspiracy involving over $50 million in allegedly fraudulent transactions.
  • Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings and Polar Air Cargo LLC in winning dismissal of claims in a multi-district antitrust litigation alleging market manipulation and claiming that our clients’ international pricing practices violated U.S., state, and European Union antitrust laws.
  • Astra Tech, Inc. (owned by Dentsply International, Inc.), winning summary judgment in connection with its indemnification claims against the former shareholders of Atlantis Components, Inc., and dismissing all claims against Astra Tech. In the ensuing liability and damages phases of the litigation, the Court ruled in Astra Tech’s favor on each of its claims against the shareholders’ agent, and ruled that Astra Tech was entitled to recover the entire amount of its damages, in excess of $6 million.
  • Cablevision in defending a class action filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, where the plaintiff alleges that Cablevision illegally tied the purchase of its premium television programming with the rental of its set-top boxes.
  • Casita, L.P., an investment fund of Hans-Werner Hector, one of the founders of the German computer giant SAP, in a derivative suit filed in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan against MapleWood Equity Partners (Offshore) Ltd., where the court ruled in our client’s favor on the defendants’ motion to dismiss, and the case has proceeded with discovery and toward trial.
  • LPL Holdings, Inc., the largest independent broker-dealer in the United States, in successfully pursuing claims against Pacific Life Insurance Company (PacLife) in New York Supreme Court concerning PacLife’s failure to make indemnity payments to LPL for third-party claims filed against the broker-dealer subsidiaries that LPL acquired from PacLife in 2007.
  • Verenium Corporation, an energy company specializing in the development and commercialization of high-performance enzymes for use in industrial processes, in securing summary judgment in a dispute against a hedge fund investor centered on the definition of the “closing date” of a securities purchase agreement between the two companies and the corresponding price at which a note held by the investor could be converted into Verenium’s common stock, a “bet-the-company” issue involving millions of dollars for Verenium.
  • United National Insurance Company, where we secured a federal jury verdict of $24 million, which with prejudgment interest (awarded by the court) totaled more than $32 million in a lawsuit against Aon Corporation, an insurance and reinsurance broker, in a case involving allegations that Aon made misrepresentations back in the mid-1990’s in the course of obtaining reinsurance for United National from an Italian reinsurance company known as RAS.
  • American Family Life Assurance Company (AFLAC), in preventing a former representative from exploiting AFLAC’s confidential and proprietary data to improperly solicit AFLAC policyholders by obtaining a temporary restraining order, compelling the former representative to return confidential information, and obtaining a consent decree prohibiting him from soliciting AFLAC policyholders.