LitigationStark & Stark’s Litigation group includes accomplished trial lawyers in both bench and jury trials, appeals, and administrative proceedings. They are experienced arbitrators and mediators. These lawyers are licensed in a number of jurisdictions including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, and beyond.We routinely litigate multi-million dollar corporate and commercial cases in multiple state and federal jurisdictions. We also serve as local counsel in complex corporate litigation matters for law firms without a presence in our geographic footprint.Client-Driven ApproachIncreasingly the primary avenue of recourse for many business disputes is the court or before arbitration panels. Our paramount concern is the end result for our client and we candidly assess the benefits and risks of litigation at the outset of every case.When the decision is made to litigate our attorneys apply themselves with vigor to achieve the best outcome possible. A litigation partner selects and oversees a team whose experience and familiarity with similar matters results in an integrated and comprehensive approach to each issue and every cause of action we initiate or defend.The depth of experience of other practice groups within the firm other departments of the firm is an invaluable resource when multiple and distinct areas of law are encompassed within a single litigation matter. We regularly draw upon attorneys from our corporate, real estate, banking, employment, securities and other groups to provide specific assistance when required. Our clients benefit by having access to lawyers in all areas of practice that can address their case’s full range of legal requirements.ExperienceSuccessfully defended a series of national manufactures of consumer products against a $2.5 million claim, which included breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, common law fraud and a violation of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. All claims against our clients were dismissed with prejudice after the conclusion of a two-week trial. Moreover, our clients were awarded a judgment in excess of $200,000.00.Represented two national builders in a federal lawsuit against the Township of Monroe New Jersey regarding a town ordinance that barred anyone under age 55 from moving into an age-restricted housing development. We successfully negotiated a settlement which put the township into compliance with federal law by allowing homes in the development to be sold to couples in which one person is at least 55 and the other at least 48.Represented closely held distribution business in a breach of contract dispute. After a two-week jury trial, our client was awarded a $1 million verdict.Represented a financial advisory firm in an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for alleged insider trading activities. After a series of meetings between our client and the SEC, the investigation was dropped and no charges filed.Represented numerous corporations in defending lawsuits filed by bankruptcy trustees seeking to recover pre-bankruptcy payments known as “preference payments” in New Jersey and New York.Represented a distributor in litigation brought under the New Jersey Franchise Practices Act. The matter was settled before trial and our client recovered $1.5 million.Represented the majority shareholders of one of the largest radio stations in New Jersey in a nine-month long trial against the minority shareholders, which ultimately resulted in a favorable settlement for our clients.Represented a financial advisory firm in a Pennsylvania State Court on claims of defamation and business disparagement against the county controller of one of the largest Pennsylvania counties. The firm successfully resisted the controller’s motion for summary judgment and the case is now on appeal.Won a $425,000 fraud verdict for a group of clients against their former stockbroker in a trial in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York.Won a preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court in Illinois for a software developer against a competitor enjoining the competitor from infringing on the copyrights owned by the client in its educational software package.Represented the U.S. subsidiary of a large German company in the defense of construction litigation arising out of one of New Jersey’s largest pollution control projects.