Some business disputes go beyond a simple contract claim or an honest mistake. Civil RICO and fraud cases are often bet-the-company affairs for plaintiffs and defendants, with implications more profound and stakes more substantial than typical commercial disputes. At DGR we have prosecuted and defended fraud claims worth tens of millions of dollars.
- Represented foreign public construction company and local subsidiary in action brought by foreign government alleging civil RICO in bidding process for $100 million public works project. Successful resolution of matter without trial.
- Represented design firm in suit against former bookkeeper and accomplices for embezzlement and diversion of over $5 million. Prejudgment remedies used to recover luxury automobiles, bank accounts, brokerage accounts, designer personal goods, and other assets.
- Represented various companies in defense of Federal Trade Commission advertising and CFTC enforcement actions. Reported decision in Commodities Futures Trading Commission v. Sidoti, 178 F. 3d 1132 (11th Cir. 1999).
- Represented Spanish national in suit against former partner in investment firm. Prevailed in jury trial with verdict of $500,000+.
- Represented European luxury yacht manufacturer in defense of suits brought throughout U.S. in connection with actions of prior dealer, possible dealer fraud, and anti-trust. Successful dismissals by Courts and settlements in multiple jurisdictions.
- Represented Panamanian real estate developer in defense of fraud allegations brought by buyers. Successful result with case dismissed in favor of Panama court. Reported decision in Cantley v. Ducharme, 2011 WL 611623 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 15, 2011).
- Represented boat manufacturer in defense of anti-trust and other claims in federal court in New York. The Court dismissed the anti-trust claims and the other claims were successfully resolved through settlement.
- Represented Japanese bank in suit over 2 golf courses purchased with part of $100 million loan proceeds; pre-judgment attachment of one golf course and garnishment of sale proceeds of second golf course, along with aggressive allegations of fraudulent transfer, led to successful collection effort. Reported decision in Sanwa Bank v. Kato, 734 So.2d 557 (Fla. 5th DCA 1999) (state court, Orange County).
- Represented claimants, including a psychiatric hospital and
nursing home, in ancillary criminal forfeiture proceedings to federal
Medicare fraud convictions. Was successful in obtaining the release and return of all corporate
- Sued on behalf of property investor group for foreclosure and appointment of receiver. Successful result with lender taking title, and recovering substantial deficiency in a contested trial.