Commercial Litigation

"Cadwalader litigators distinguish themselves by being especially nimble, sharp and thorough." – Chambers USA

Cadwalader trial lawyers have tried hundreds of complex business litigation cases - in celebrated, high-profile matters and in cases that have been kept out of the public eye. Collectively, our team has numerous multi-million dollar trial wins - both on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. Resolution of these disputes often involves complex fact patterns, intricate valuations, and ancillary issues related to a host of business operations. The scope of our litigation talents is broad and varied, with experience with all forms of business torts, including breach of contract; fraud; breach of manufacture, sale, distribution, co-development, or confidentiality/standstill or co-promote agreements; construction; environmental; indemnification; insurance; maritime; and surrogate's matters in virtually every industry.

  • AriZona Iced Tea in an important summary judgment ruling from the Supreme Court, New York County, upholding transfer restrictions in the company owners' agreement and invalidating a sale of part of the company to a vulture investment firm
  • PepsiCo, in multidistrict litigation dismissing on federal pre-emption grounds claims that the company engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices in violation of state consumer protection and related statutes by misrepresenting that Aquafina water comes from a pure mountain spring and not from public water supplies
  • Mead Johnson & Company in a class action brought by the National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh case arguing that it has no duty to indemnify Mead in several consumer class actions, consolidated in Florida, that accuse Mead of marketing its Enfamil formula as the only formula containing two fatty acids that are beneficial for brain and eye health
  • Collins & Aikman/Wickes Corporation in 28-day trial involving claims for fraud, indemnification and damages arising out of the sale of 15 aircraft manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Europe
  • PepsiCo in the U.S. District Court and the Second Circuit against claims for $750 million in damages by CESPA and in efforts to stay the U.S. proceedings
  • A group of sports and music copyright holders in a class action led by the U.K.-based Football Association Premier League against Google Inc. and its video-sharing web site Interpublic, one of the world's largest advertising companies operating through well known subsidiaries such as McCann and Deutsch, in numerous litigations including complex cases in both federal and New York state courts overlapping insurance, securities and foreign criminal issues
  • ACIC in the prosecution of claims for coverage of liabilities arising out of the sale of DES, including a four-phase trial before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and related appeals to the Second Circuit, resulting in a several hundred million-dollar recovery
  • A pharmaceutical company in a six-month trial concerning issues of validity, enforceability, privilege and evidence surrounding the release of a new product
  • The New York Jets football team in consumer fraud, contractual, and antitrust putative class actions relating to the sale of personal seat licenses in the new Meadowlands stadium
  • The New York Jets football team in eight cases relating to its bid to acquire properties in Manhattan's western rail yards, a site that was the cornerstone of the U.S. bid to host the Olympics
  • The world's leading modern art museum in a lawsuit by the heirs of Weimar-era artist George Grosz to recover three of his works, each of which had been in the museum's possession for more than 50 years
  • Putative owner of the world famous Brancusi sculpture, Miss Pogany, in his efforts, in at least five counties, to obtain possession of the sculpture
  • FIFA concerning protecting its intellectual property rights and commencing the process for considering the location for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup games
  • Overseas Shipholding Group, one of the largest publicly-traded fuel tanker companies in the world, in resolving commercial disputes before a maritime arbitration panel with American Shipping Company and its shipbuilding partner Aker Philadelphia Shipyard
  • Aguas Lenders Recovery Group, the holders of debt originally extended to Aguas Argentinas, a consortium that held a water and sewer concession with the Argentine government, in a precedent-setting ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which held that a successor in interest to a contract may be bound by a forum selection clause entered into by its predecessor
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb regarding the alleged breach of supply and manufacturing agreements
  • Banco BBM, a leading Brazilian financial institution, in several disputes
  • W.R. Huff companies in an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit regarding profit sharing and the transferability of interests in various companies
  • General Atomics in a series of high stakes, complex litigations and arbitrations relating to its uranium mining businesses, including allegations of fraud, RICO, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty
  • Value Health Care, an affiliate of Omnicare Inc., in a breach of contract action seeking to enforce a guaranty agreement
  • A major French telecom company in claims against the manufacturer of a virtual networking system for breach of contract and other claims relating to a major outage




17 Attorneys

Arnold, Joshua P. Associate New York
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Azmi, Nimra Associate New York
T. +1 212 504 6691
Bull, Nathan Partner New York
T. +1 212 504 5752
Burns, Gillian Groarke Special Counsel New York
T. +1 212 504 5696
Chin, Kathy Hirata Senior Counsel New York
T. +1 212 504 6542
Dolan, Michael G. Senior Counsel New York
T. +1 212 504 6320
Halper, Jason M. Partner New York
T. +1 212 504 6300
Halstead, Ellen Special Counsel New York
T. +1 212 504 6732
Harris, Evan Associate Washington
T. +1 202 862 2227
Hawkins, Howard R. Senior Counsel New York
T. +1 212 504 6422
Hoff, Jonathan M. Partner New York
T. +1 212 504 6474
Langsdale, Gregory W. Special Counsel Washington
T. +1 202 862 2267
Levin, Andrew Associate Washington
T. +1 202 862 2460
Moll, Peter E. Partner Washington
T. +1 202 862 2220
Natbony, William J. Counsel New York
T. +1 212 504 6351
Stanisci, Jared Special Counsel New York
T. +1 212 504 6075
Wallach, Brian Partner Washington
T. +1 202 862 2332

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