The Following Case Summaries Illustrate What We Have Been Able to Do Recently for Our Clients.
- We have a client in Asia whose customers in New Jersey were refusing to
pay their bills, either on time or at all. The customers felt that, because
our client is half a world away, there was no need to pay attention to the
client's demands for payment. The slow payments were having a severe impact
on the client, and its business was being significantly and negatively
affected. After we were hired to represent the client, we were able to
contact the customers and convince them that our presence in the New Jersey
was the same as our client's presence here, and that the threat of contract
litigation was real. In one case, we received a bank check from one of our
client's customers in the amount of $295,755.65 within one (1) week.
- We were recently hired by the brother of a debtor that we had sued. The
debtor had owed one of our clients, one of the largest food processing
companies in New Jersey, a significant amount of money. We filed a
collection action against the debtor and were successful in collecting
everything that was owed. The debtor's brother was so impressed that he
hired us to collect money owed to his electrical supply company.
- A Canadian lawyer hired us to file a collections law suit for one of his
Canadian clients, a commercial baker, against a debtor located in North
Bergen, New Jersey. The Canadian lawyer had referred a matter to us
previously. In that earlier case, we needed to domesticate a Canadian
Judgment that had been entered against a debtor who lives in Fair Lawn, New
Jersey. We collected the Canadian Judgment and we filed a law suit in New
Jersey against the North Bergen debtor.
- Recently, one of our clients, a small chemical fabricator located in
Newark, New Jersey, hired us to file a breach of contract law suit against
one of the largest companies in the State of New Jersey. Our client had been
hired to manufacture a special chemical compound invented by the other
company. The client spent nearly $250,000.00 of its own money to build a
special facility to do the manufacturing of the chemical compound and had
sacrificed other parts of its business to comply with the contract. Just
before the client was to begin production, the other company cancelled the
contract. In response to our breach of contract law suit, the other company
filed a contract counterclaim which said that our client had broken the
contact and further, that our client had caused $2 Million in damages to its
relationship with a customer in Milan, Italy. The other company hired one of
the biggest law firms in New Jersey to represent it. The case took nearly 2
years to complete, more than 8,700 pages of documents were produced, and
nearly 40 witnesses were deposed. The depositions took place in New Jersey,
New York, Maryland, Kentucky, Indiana and Milan, Italy. When the case was
over, the other company wrote a check to our client for more than $1
- A new client came to us recently. The client had been deceived and
defrauded by a fast-talking conman who convinced our client to advance him
nearly $77,000.00 to build and open a Children's Day Care Center. In return,
the client was supposed to become the owner of an unspecified portion of the
Day Care Center company. Unfortunately for our client, that never happened.
The conman had none of the education, training or experience that was
necessary to open or manage a Day Care Center, and the Center never did
open. In the course of pre-trial discovery we learned that the conman had
used our client's money for personal purchases. The law suit we filed
against the conman was successfully prosecuted on claims for compensatory
damages and for punitive damages.
- Another client sold his business to someone he believed had the
experience to run it. The client also owned the building where the business
was located, and he leased the building to the buyer. No more than 8 months
after the sale, the buyer started to make only partial payments on the
monthly rent and, later, stopped making payments entirely. When we filed a
Summary Dispossess action against the buyer- in Landlord-Tenant Court, where
the case is over in a few weeks and the only question the Judge asks is,
"Did you pay the rent?"- the buyer's lawyer tried to get the case moved to
the Law Division Court, where it can take several few years to get a case
resolved. We were successful in keeping the case in Landlord-Tenant Court
where, because of the tremendous pressure the Court put on the buyer, the
entire case was resolved.
- A Default Judgment had been entered against one of our clients, and the
client did not even know he had been sued by a credit card company. He found
out when he went to re-finance the mortgage on his house and his lawyer told
him about the Judgment. Because the Judgment was a lien against real estate,
the bank would not close on the mortgage until the "title question" was
cleared. We filed a Notice of Motion to Vacate the Judgment and argued
successfully that, because our client had never been served with the law
suit papers-- they had been sent to the house where he had lived with his
former wife, and she had never told him about the law suit-- it was a denial
of process for the Default Judgment to stand. The Court vacated the Default
Judgment and we successfully negotiated a settlement with the credit card
company's lawyer for a fraction of the prior Judgment amount.
- One of our bigger clients is a distributor of safety products used in
the home and in business. The client does not manufacture anything. It only
sells products made by someone else. It was sued by one of its customers in
a law suit which alleged that our client had conspired with a third company
to damage the products of the customer. We were able to prove that the
customer's allegations had no factual basis, and that its law suit against
our client was frivolous and was a violation of the New Jersey Consumer
Fraud Act. The customer had to reimburse our client for the legal fees it
- A client came to us with a lawsuit that had been filed against the
company and the company's owner. The law suit claimed that the company had
borrowed money from a former employee, that the company had defaulted on the
loan, and that both the company and the company's owner were liable for
money balance of money due on the loan. We were successful in getting the
Court to dismiss the claim against the company's owner.
- One of our client's, a local commercial landlord, presented us with a
past-due rent claim against a former tenant. We sued the commercial tenant
for the monies due on the lease, sued the tenant's owner on the personal
guarantee he had signed, and recovered a $64,000.00 Judgment against both.
We discovered that, while the guarantor had left New Jersey, he owned
several pieces of real estate here, and were successful in causing the
Sheriff to sell the property for the benefit of our client.
- A. client went into business with two brothers. The three men formed an LLC to operate the business, which involved transporting petroleum products over inland waters. The two brothers ganged up on our client and would not tell him anything about the business and would not pay him. In the course of the litigation that we filed, we discovered that the two brothers had mis-directed several hundred thousand dollars of the LLC's money to a separate business that they owned by themselves. We also discovered that the brothers had, during one particular month, written 6 checks to "Petty Cash", each for $9,800.00-- which was just below the ”magic" amount of $10,000.00, which triggers a notice to the US Treasury Department. When we asked the brothers' accountant about this, he said that he knew nothing of it, and that if he had known, he would have stopped being the accountant for the LLC. Thorough our skill, hard work and diligence, we were able to negotiate a settlement of $1,500,000.00 for our client.
For more information about our experience in handling collections litigation, call us at 201-214-3992 or e-mail our Hackensack law office to arrange a consultation.