ORANGE COUNTY
3 Hutton Centre Dr
Suite 900
Santa Ana, CA 92707
(714) 740 - 1600
FAX (714) 740 - 2482
SAN FRANCISCO
One Embarcadero Ctr
Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 315 - 1635
FAX (415) 315 - 1636
SAN DIEGO
5040 Shoreham Place
Suite 150
San Diego, CA 92122
(858) 546-1122
FAX (858) 546-1188
PHOENIX
2375 E. Camelback Rd
Suite 500
Phoenix, AZ 85016-3489
(602) 952 - 9140
FAX (602) 952 - 9141
LAS VEGAS
5450 W. Sahara Ave
Suite 110
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 866 - 6606
FAX (702) 866 - 6626

Business Disputes

California, Arizona, and Nevada legal business services

Campbell, Lauter & Murphy has attorneys experienced in handling claims involving business matters as diverse as:

  • Antitrust Litigation
  • Construction Delay Damage
  • Contract Disputes
  • Indemnity Litigation
  • Fraud and Misrepresentation Claims
  • Insurance Disputes

The wide expanse of commercial litigation we handle includes such matters as problems with business formation of:

  • Corporations
  • Limited Liability Corporations (LLC)
  • Sub-Chapter S Corporations
  • Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Partnerships (LP)
  • Joint Ventures

We also handle disputes among owners, partners, members and joint-venturers, breach of fiduciary duties, specific performance of contracts and, injunctions.  Our attorneys are skilled in every aspect of negotiation, settlement, and litigation of commercial matters, and we have a proven track record.

Whether the matters involve small businesses or large companies, Campbell, Lauter & Murphy can help provide risk-analysis management to avoid legal pitfalls and litigation.  If litigation should result, our seasoned trial attorneys will aggressively represent your interests.

Contract Disputes

Campbell, Lauter & Murphy is a leader in the field of construction and real estate contract disputes.  We have attorneys experienced in all aspects of this wide ranging area of practice.  The firm prepares contracts to protect the legal interests of our clients.  We have tested many of our contract documents in court, and have handed many cases in this area.  Our experience encompasses claims involving construction delay damages, breach of contract and real estate transactions.  Many of our developer and general contractor clients have asked us to prepare new contract documents or simply prepare revisions to existing contract documents - in order to be sure that they comply with current state law.  Campbell, Lauter & Murphy’s extensive litigation practice means that we know the practical and legal effect of preparing effective contracts and agreements to protect our clients' legal interests - when it really counts - in arbitration or in court.

Our representative clients include:

  • Buie Communities
  • Burger Construction Company
  • Castillo Construction Company
  • C.A.S. Development Company
  • Rancho Santa Fe Community Center
  • Dewhurst & Associates
  • C.W. McGrath, Inc.
  • Coast Plastering, Inc.
  • Pacific Lath & Plaster, Inc.
  • D.J. Plastering, Inc.
  • Gerry Gravo Construction Company
  • JGC Construction Company
  • Village Builders
  • Birch Construction Company
  • Hallmark Communities
  • Highland Partnership, Inc.

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Automobile Dealer Disputes

Campbell, Lauter & Murphy has successfully defended a variety of claims against car and truck dealerships involving product defect claims and claims involving the so-called "Lemon Law."  Besides cases involving “lemons” - cars with multiple defects, the firm has defended claims of fraud, odometer tampering, wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, and other allegations against automobile dealerships.  We know how to protect the interests of our clients when such claims are made, and have developed an outstanding reputation as vigorous defenders of clients who are the victims of frivolous claims.

Some of the dealerships he has represented include Rancho Ford Lincoln Mercury, Gosch Ford, Tustin Nissan, Frank Toyota, Sunrise Ford, Raceway Ford, North County Ford/Automotive Group, and Shaver Auto Center.

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Representation of Casinos/Gaming Interests in the State of Nevada

Since opening its Las Vegas office in 1995, Campbell, Lauter & Murphy has represented the interests of many hotels and casinos in the State of Nevada.  Following is a representative list of such clients:

  • MGM Grand Hotel, Inc.
  • Mirage Hotel & Casino, Inc.
  • Westward Ho Hotel & Casino
  • Gold River Resort Hotel
  • Venetian Hotel & Casino
  • Rio Suites Hotel & Casino
  • Barbary Coast Hotel & Casino
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  • Terrible Herbst, Inc.
  • The Las Vegas Sands Hotel & Casino
  • Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino
  • Bally's Hotel & Casino, Inc.
  • Fremont Street Experience, LLC

Whether it is a licensing or business issue, the firm is available to answer your casino question cases.

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Employment Disputes

Campbell, Lauter & Murphy is a leader in defending employment claims.  Wrongful termination claims, employee documentation, reprimands, terminations and Fair Employment Practice claims are among the claims included in this practice area. We have been retained by small family businesses and large companies, as well as management and executives or other individuals to defendant or pursue legitimate business claims.

Representative Clients:

  • California Independent Grocers & Convenience Stores Association (IGCS)
  • Gosch Automotive
  • Montgomery Ward Co.
  • Cole National Corporation

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Insurance Bad Faith

Campbell, Lauter & Murphy is well-known in the field of insurance litigation for handling claims of wrongful denial of coverage under insurance policies and for defending insurers in coverage disputes.  Clients seeking assistance from Campbell, Lauter & Murphy in these types of claims include builders, subcontractors, homeowners, and other clients.

Insurance companies are required by law to act in good faith, and they must provide just and fair compensation if a policy holder files a legitimate claim.  If an insurance company fails to live up to this standard through a breach of contract, or by acting in bad faith (such as denying a claim without a justified reason) the action can result in the insurance company paying consequential damages over and above  the original compensation in the claim.  Consequential damages can include out-of-pocket expenses the plaintiff was required to pay as a result of the insurance company’s failure to act.  If an insurance company is determined to have acted egregiously, a court may also award punitive damages.

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Intellectual Property

Campbell, Lauter & Murphy's attorneys have experience in protecting their clients' intellectual property rights including:

  • Patent infringement cases (pertaining to medical devices)
  • Product designs
  • Copyright
  • Trademark disputes

Intellectual property cases are often highly complex, requiring in depth knowledge of esoteric areas.  Our attorneys have successfully defended or resolved many cases in this dynamic practice area.  We are known to be relentless and ardent in our pursuit of justice on behalf of our clients.

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