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We have a long track record of successfully representing clients in their most important commercial litigation matters. These cases include contractual disputes; corporate control fights; tortious interference, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business tort cases; trade secrets disputes; and other high-stakes business litigation.
Our litigators have successfully tried hundreds of jury and bench trials. We also specialize in finding creative ways to resolve cases short of trial, through early motions; favorable settlement based on aggressive, targeted discovery; and summary judgment.
In today’s increasingly regulated world, our commercial litigators work hand-in-hand with lawyers in our leading regulatory practices, giving us an edge over other firms.
Won $35 million judgment in California State Court on behalf of Scottish Equity Partners. After five-day bench trial, we convinced the Court to award full damages for an unpaid earn-out, plus prejudgment interest.
Successfully defended Lilly against contract and antitrust claims brought by Amylin relating to an injectable diabetes treatment. We convinced the court to dissolve a TRO and deny a preliminary injunction, allowing Lilly to proceed with promotional activities for important medicine.
Represented McKesson in bench trial in NY Supreme Court in which plaintiff sought $250 million and punitive damages for alleged trade secret misappropriation. The decision is pending. Currently representing McKesson in a separate trade secrets case set for trial later this year.
Won defense verdict for Salix following two-week jury trial in New York State Court. Collaboration partner Napo alleged failures to use “commercially reasonable efforts” to bring licensed drug to market. Despite seeking $260 million and contract termination, Napo recovered nothing.
After five-month bench trial, won verdict of nearly $30 million on behalf of New Media Holdings in multinational corporate control dispute over ownership of Ukrainian television network.
Won summary judgment for a major auto dealership network in a fight for control of a family-owned company. In this high-profile Washington, DC-area case, Plaintiff Tammy Darvish sued her father, her brothers, and her former employer in January 2015 claiming that she had been promised one-third ownership and control of DARCARS and that her brothers tortuously interfered with this alleged “contract.” Covington developed evidence showing that Ms. Darvish’s alleged “contract” was fatally vague and illusory and that her tortious interference claims were unfounded. Covington moved for summary judgment on all claims, and the court granted the motion in its entirety with trial just weeks away.
January 16, 2017
LONDON—Craig Pollack and Louise Freeman have joined Covington as partners in the firm’s European Dispute Resolution practice resident in London. Mr. Pollack will also serve as co-chair of the firm’s Global Disputes Initiative with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and former U.S. Under Secretary of State Alan Larson.
Mr. Pollack focuses on complex high ...
October 17, 2016, Covington Alert
Last week, a dispute between Tesco and Unilever about where the pain caused by the devaluation of sterling should lie provided some initial evidence of the “turbulence” and “rollercoaster” rides the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has warned of since the June 23, 2016 Brexit vote.
September 12, 2016, Global Arbitration Review
Greg Lascelles and Alex Leitch are quoted in a Global Arbitration Review article regarding Lascelles’ recent arrival to Covington. “I am very excited to join this growing team,” says Lascelles.
According to Leitch, the financial services sector attracts significant client demand and Lascelles’ arrival is a “welcome addition” to the practice.
September 5, 2016
LONDON—Greg Lascelles has joined Covington as a partner in the European Dispute Resolution practice resident in the firm’s London office.
Mr. Lascelles has a broad litigation and arbitration practice covering a variety of industry sectors, with a particular focus on financial services. He advises hedge funds, private equity houses, asset managers, investment ...
July 21, 2016, Covington Alert
While the UK’s decision to leave the EU could bring about significant changes to the UK’s legal and economic landscape, we cannot yet know how wide-ranging these changes will be. It is generally agreed that the changes will be fairly dramatic if the UK is unable to negotiate a deal that will maintain its access to the single market, or if the eventual deal ...
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