Vukelja & dePaula Case Results
Commercial Litigation Results:
$6.75 Million: Won for Wrongful Termination of Contract
A product manufacturer terminated our client’s lifetime agreement for exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute its products in certain domestic and international territories. Our client faithfully performed under the agreement for decades and helped build the manufacturer’s brand into a $100 + Million business. The manufacturer, in taking our client’s exclusive territory for itself, terminated the agreement without cause or forewarning, and then claimed for the first time that the agreement was unenforceable. With our help, the manufacturer was held accountable and paid for what it took from our client.
$4.7 Million: Won $1.7 Million for Breach of Contract & Beat $3 Million Counterclaim
We represented a subcontractor on a multimillion-dollar construction project. When the project had problems that were expensive to fix, the contractor blamed the problems on our client to justify withholding several months’ worth of progress payments, then terminated the subcontract and hired a replacement subcontractor to complete the subcontract work. We demonstrated to a jury that the contractor actually caused the problems and tried to use our client as a scapegoat to avoid financial responsibility. After a five-day trial, the jury found that our client properly performed its subcontract work, awarded our client all of the money it was due for the work it performed, and outright rejected the contractor’s $3 + Million counterclaim.
$3 Million: Won for Breach of Contract
A product manufacturer agreed to pay our client, its distributor, a percentage of the proceeds from any future sale of its business in exchange for our client continuously performing certain acts that would increase the brand’s value and grow the manufacturer’s business. Our client performed for decades and the business ultimately sold, at which time the manufacturer reneged on the agreement. We helped our client hold the manufacturer to its word.
$2 Million: Won for Breach of Contract
A product manufacturer wrongfully terminated our client’s agreement for exclusive distribution rights in certain international markets. During litigation, we negotiated the reinstatement of our client’s distributorship agreement, which our client then sold for $2 Million.
$1.291 Million: Won for Breach of Fiduciary Duties Involving Shareholder Squeeze-Out
We helped multiple noncontrolling shareholders of a business recover the value of their shareholdings after the controlling shareholders tried to implement a scheme designed to seize our clients’ shares without paying full value for them.
$1.256 Million: Won for Breach of Shareholder’s Agreement Involving Shareholder Squeeze-Out
Our client, a one-third shareholder of a business, recovered the full value of his stock in a privately-held corporation after the controlling shareholders transferred all of the business’s assets to a new entity they formed for themselves to the exclusion of our client, dissolved the corporation in which our client owned stock, and carried on the same business in their new entity with one less shareholder. In substance, the controlling shareholders took our client’s valuable one-third ownership interest in the ongoing business without paying anything for it. We helped our client force them to pay full value for what they took from him.
$350,000: Won for Wrongful Termination of Employment
Our client’s employment was terminated without cause and in violation of his employment contract.
Personal Injury Results
$3 Million: Won for Battery Victim
A youth counselor suffered a brain injury when she was attacked at a detention facility that lacked adequate security.
$1.5 Million: Won for Motorcycle Accident Injury
A motorcycle passenger suffered a brain injury after an electrical transformer exploded blinding the motorcyclist who then crashed into a power pole. We proved to the jury that inadequate maintenance of the electrical distribution system caused the explosion.,
$1.2 Million: Won for Bicyclist Hit by Truck
Our client suffered permanent back injuries after being hit by a truck while riding her bike.
$1 Million: Won for Wrongful Death from a Commercial Truck Accident
Our client’s daughter died when a commercial truck fell over onto the vehicle he was driving with his family shortly before a hurricane.
$725,000: Won for Car Accident Involving a Tractor-Trailer
Our client suffered extensive injuries in an accident with a tractor-trailer.
$500,000: Won for Commercial Truck Accident Injury
Our client suffered permanent injuries when a commercial truck fell over onto the vehicle he was driving with his family shortly before a hurricane.
$400,000: Won for Medical Malpractice
Our client suffered a traumatic brain injury at a hospital after being heavily medicated and then falling from an MRI table.
$350,000: Won for Injured Cruise Passenger
We helped our client recover compensation for her injuries in a federal admiralty suit after a gangplank she was crossing to board a cruise ship suddenly gave way and springboarded her up and onto the ship’s deck.
$315,000: Won for Car Accident Caused by Tractor-Trailer Driver
Our client suffered back injuries when a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of her car on the side of an interstate.