Most business deals start with high hopes and the best intentions. The parties enter into a contract with the goal of achieving a common goal which will be mutually beneficial. Unfortunately, there are times when misunderstandings occur, disputes arise from the misinterpretation of terms and conditions, or a party fails to fulfill the terms of the contract.
Paynter Law has extensive experience handling a wide variety of contract disputes. In such cases, we have been able to utilize our diverse experiences, knowledge, and skills to uncover non-contractual legal theories that, in many cases, may lead to recoveries in excess of contractual damages.
For example, we recently represented the original designer and programmer of the football videogame John Madden Football, and we succeeded in obtaining a jury verdict on a 20-year-old contract. We represented Robin Antonick, the programmer behind the videogame. Antonick developed the original John Madden Football game under a 1986 software development agreement with Electronic Arts (EA).
The agreement promised him royalties on the game that he developed, as well as any games derived from that original game. Our lawsuit stated that, after Antonick stopped developing games for EA, the company went on to use his original source code to develop later versions of Madden Football without paying him the royalties due under the 1986 agreement. After multiple failed attempts by EA to get the Court to dismiss Antonick’s claims, the case went to trial in June 2013 where a jury found against EA.
A breach of contract means a loss of valuable time and money for you and your business. A dispute can also hurt your relationship with your clients and your reputation in the marketplace. We are aware of this and know that you need a swift and effective resolution for you and your business.
We always look to find the quickest, most cost-effective solution for our clients. As with our other practice areas, we represent commercial and business clients solely on a contingency fee basis, and we advance all costs including discovery, expert, and trial costs. Additionally, unlike other firms that may only mediate and settle claims, we have significant experience litigating and are strategically positioned to pursue your claim through trial if necessary.
Our legal team is experienced in handling these claims. If you have questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. The consultation is free, and the sooner you act, the sooner you can start finding real solutions for the issues facing you and your business.