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増田・舟井法律事務所は、世界中の様々な業界および市場セグメントでビジネスを展開する一方で、米国内で商事紛争または訴訟に直面しているクライアントをサポートしています。当事務所は、単独または多数当事者が原告となる訴訟から集団訴訟まで、米国各地の裁判所・法廷で争われる多額の請求をクライアントに有利な形で解決しています。請求の規模にかかわらず、これまで培った経験を活かして、商事紛争で原告または被告となるクライアントのために、積極的かつ効率的な請求の主張および防御を行っています。

当事務所の弁護士は、代理業務そのもののみならず、米国法および関連手続きに馴染みのない国際企業にとっては難解との言える米国内の訴訟や裁判システムについて、クライアントに分かり易くかつ丁寧な説明を提供しています。また、多文化に関する深い理解はもちろん、多言語への対応能力を駆使しながら、英語でのコミュニケーションに自信がなかったり、あるいは社内文書をすべて母国語で作成していたりする外国企業に対しても、簡潔明瞭で行き届いたアドバイスの提供を行っています。さらに、複雑なクロスボーダー訴訟への対応・対処においても、高い専門性を有しています。

訴訟部門に所属する弁護士は、複雑な商事・特許訴訟はもとより、契約、不動産、建設、雇用あるいはパートナーシップに関する紛争、貨物/出荷に関する請求、独占禁止法問題、保険の補償および製造物責任まで、多種多様な商業紛争において法廷での豊富な経験を有する「交渉のプロ」です。また、米国内外の業界経験も幅広く、ハイテク、電機・半導体、自動車、重工業、輸送・流通、海運・貿易、輸出入、電気通信、医療、ライフサイエンス、ヘルスケア、小売およびホスピタリティ等、多岐にわたります。さらに、訴訟の回避およびリスク・マネジメントについてもクライアントに綿密なアドバイスを提供し、訴訟リスクと訴訟費用の軽減・抑制に努めています。

紛争が、連邦裁判所、州裁判所、控訴裁判所、仲裁または当事者間の交渉等、どこで争われるものかにかかわらず、解決のための効果的な戦略の考案はもちろん、各クライアント特有のニーズに沿った弁護士チームを形成し、全面的なアシストを提供しています。クライアントの目標に耳を傾けるとともに、紛争解決、リスク・マネジメントおよび費用抑制のための最適なアプローチについて、明快かつ平易な言葉でクライアントへの説明を行っています。当部門は、訴訟という困難を前に、ただ一つの目標を念頭にクライアントのためのトータル・サポートに尽力しています—その目的とは「勝利」に他なりません。

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クライアントがセキュリティ技術と携帯電話技術に関する米国特許を侵害したとしてシカゴ市の連邦裁判所で訴えられ10億ドルの賠償金が請求された事件で、クライアントを代理し、その結果同請求は却下された。

元従業員が取得済みであった特許工程を盗用したとして、同従業員から1億ドル以上の損害賠償金の請求を受けたクライアントを防御し、正式事実審理を行うことなくクライアントによる侵害の不在を証明し、有利な判決を勝ち取った。

屋外電力設備の製造会社が、シカゴ市の連邦裁判所でニューイングランドの元ディストリビューターに対して契約違反を理由に提起した2.8百万ドルの請求で同製造会社を代理し、同ディストリビューターがフランチャイズ法に基づき25百万ドルを請求した反訴の却下も含め、正式審理を行わずに判決に導いた。

印刷機設備を購入した米国会社は、そのサプライヤーである国際企業を詐欺行為および保証条件の不履行を理由に提訴した。テキサス州の米国仲裁協会で行われた仲裁手続で、同企業を2000万ドルの請求から防御した。8週間の長期仲裁審理が予測されていたが、審理開始後3週間でクライアントにとって有利な和解金を獲得した。

日本に親会社を持つ米国子会社が、ハイテク・アプリケーション用の先端製品に関する契約違反および不法行為を理由に、産業機器の国内販売業者とイギリスの製造業者を提訴した際に代理した。本事件は3年間継続したが、最終的には和解が成立し、クライアントは数百万ドルの和解金を獲得した。

自動車部品サプライヤーであるクライアントが、建築契約に関して数百ドル相当の請求を受けた際に代理した。本件では、通常の訴訟手続きを踏むことなく、オハイオ州コロンバスで調停が行われた。最終的には、和解が成立し、クライアントにとって満足のゆく結果となった。

印刷機サプライヤーである多国籍企業が契約および保証に違反したとして、設備購入者は100万ドル以上の損害賠償を請求した。本件につき、ニューヨークの米国仲裁協会で行われた仲裁手続で同サプライヤーを防御した。ニューヨーク市マンハッタンで行われた仲裁審理は、1週間にも及んだが、クライアントに課された損害賠償金は少額に留められた。

ニューヨークのデルファイ社の破産手続きで申し立てられた請求について、自動車部品製造に携わる日系多国籍企業を代理した。その結果、クライアントは、破産申請前の受取金額のうち86%を取り戻すことができただけでなく、デルファイ社と新たな長期供給契約を締結することができた。

工作機械の製造会社とその日本の親会社を代理し、シカゴ市の連邦裁判所で提起した屋号およびその他の商標の使用侵害の請求において、暫定的差止命令を獲得した。

ハワイの連邦裁判所で、特許侵害および不公正取引の慣行を理由に、特許権者に訴えられた水産物ディストリビューターを代理し、クライアントにとって非常に有利な条件で和解を成立させた。

エンド・ユーザーによる保証違反および詐欺行為を理由として、日系ハイテク機器製造会社およびそのイリノイ州子会社がテキサス州裁判所で損害賠償の請求を受けた際に、防御し、勝訴に導いた。テキサス州の日系企業に対する裁判管轄権について異議申し立てを行い、日本の親会社に対する請求の棄却に成功した。

Tier-1(ティア・ワン)の自動車部品サプライヤーが、オハイオ州連邦裁判所で、同社に不満を抱く工業用設備サプライヤーに提訴された際に、防御した。クライアントは、原告に賠償金を一切支払うことなく、本事件では和解が成立し、本件は取り下げられた。

デラウェア州連邦破産裁判所で半導体設備の日系製造会社およびそのカリフォルニア州の子会社を代理し、同社は数百ドルの無担保債権を回収した。顧客が主張した何百万ドルの優先弁済の請求は、クライアントにとって非常に有利な条件で和解された。

イリノイ州の製造施設で事故が発生した際に、労働安全衛生局(OSHA)は製造業者に対して罰金支払などによる責任追及をした。ヴィスト弁護士は同製造業者を代理し、その結果、同製造業者に科された罰金などの費用は大幅に削減された。

契約上の紛争により訴えられた印刷機械サプライヤーを、シカゴで1週間にわたって行われた仲裁審理で防御した。その結果、サプライヤーにとって完全に有利な裁定が下された。後に裁判所では仲裁申立人に不利な判決が下され、サプライヤーは、数百万ドルの損害賠償金を獲得した。

米国・日本・台湾の複数当事者が関与した、総額9000万ドルを超える損害賠償の請求について、東京で和解会議が行われた際に、コンピュータ部品の製造に携わる国際企業クライアントを代理した。最終的には、その請求金額のうちわずかな金額で本件を迅速に処理し、和解に導いた。

ミシガン州内部通報者保護法(Whistleblowers’ Protection Act)に基づく請求により、元従業員に提訴された雇用主を代理し、有利なサマリー・ジャッジメントを獲得した。本件では、従業員が、雇用主の不法行為についてデトロイト市行政機関に通報することを懸念した雇用主から報復行為を受けたとして、雇用主を訴えていた。裁判所は、従業員が雇用主による報復行為があった事実を証明できなかったと判示した。それ以前にも裁判所は、同従業員が制定法および判例法の両法に基づく同一の理論により訴因を主張できなかったとして、雇用主の棄却申立を認めていた。Yurk v. Applications Software Tech. Corp., No. 15-cv-13962, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7244 (E.D. Mich. Jan. 17, 2018)(サマリー・ジャッジメントの認容); Yurk v. Applications Software Tech. Corp., No. 15-cv-13962, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22804 (E.D. Mich. Feb. 17, 2017)(コモンローによる請求の棄却申立の認容)

RICO法およびコモンローに基づく不正行為、ならびに契約違反を理由に訴えられたクライアントを代理し、仲裁手続により有利な結果に導いた。本事件の発端は、原告会社の倒産および精算であったが、原告は、クライアントに450百万ドルを超える損害賠償金を請求し、ニューヨーク州南部地区連邦地方裁判所で訴訟を提起した。最終的に、両当事者間の契約規定によりイリノイ州で仲裁手続が行われ、原告はクライアントに対する本請求を取り下げた。 (2018年9月)

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In a recent Risk Management Update, we described the "arbitration from hell" in which the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and vacated…
The Arbitration from Hell
Supporters of arbitration as a form of dispute resolution point to its many advantages. These include quicker resolution, finality and use…
Lessons for Secured Creditors in Recent Decision
A recent Seventh Circuit decision authored by Judge Posner offers several lessons for secured creditors competing over the same collateral…
Forum Selection Clause Enforces "Home Court" Advantage
As playoff season approaches in professional football, basketball and other sports, teams will compete for "home court" advantage. Most…
Without a License, Distributor Not Franchisee, Says New Jersey Federal Court
One of the banes of a commercial lawyer is the distinction between an ordinary distributorship and a "franchise" under state law. Most…
Risks and Rewards of Sales Requirements in Distributor and Sales Representative Agreements
Suppliers, when appointing a distributor or a sales representative, will often want to include minimum sales requirements. These…
Written Sales Representative Agreement Succeeds in Limiting Commissions of Terminated Representative
It is common for manufacturers and sellers of products to use independent sales representatives to generate sales. These arrangements can…
Statute of Frauds Defense Fails Based on Course of Dealing
The statute of frauds requires certain contracts to be evidenced by a writing to be enforceable. It is based on an English statute from the…
Business Update: Action to "Pierce Corporate Veil" Fails – Another Creditor Spurned
The 7th Circuit has again left a disappointed creditor with no recourse because of the creditor's failure to do basic investigation or take…
ニュース
増田・舟井が、仲裁に付された請求において棄却を獲得し、クライアント企業を完全防御しました。
Masuda Funai demonstrated its ability to resolve complex legal matters involving multiple practice areas and jurisdictions by obtaining the…
Masuda Funai Welcomes Three New Attorneys
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of Lisa Dreishmire and Kenton Knop as attorneys in the firm’s…
Masuda Funai Hosts Northern Ireland Delegation
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell Ltd. hosted the Northern Ireland Delegation on April 16, 2018 as part of its ABC Mission visit to Chicago…
Litigation Snapshot 2017
Highlighting a Few of our Litigation Practice Group Successes Bankruptcy: Equipment Supplier’s Victory Against Bankrupt Debtor, December…
Masuda Funai Elects Two New Principals
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell , Ltd. is pleased to announce that Michael S. Golenson and David J. Stein have been promoted to Principal…
Gary Vist and Michael Golenson Speaking at the 6th Annual Litigation Seminars in Japan
Masuda Funai attorneys Gary Vist and Michael Golenson will be speaking at the 6th annual Fronteo/Masuda Funai/Kitahama Partners litigation…
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Awards Excellence in Pro Bono Service to Frank J. Del Barto and David J. Stein
PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO - Frank J. Del Barto and David J. Stein from Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. received awards for excellence…
Masuda Funai Showcases Excellence in Litigation Wins March/April 2017
CHICAGO – Masuda Funai's litigators continued their string of recent victories with two wins in employment-related litigation over the last…
Masuda Funai Showcases Excellence in Litigation Win March 2017
CHICAGO – On March 15, 2017, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee rejected an auto parts manufacturer's…
Masuda Funai Showcases Excellence in Litigation Win February 2017
CHICAGO – On February 28, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, following a bench…
出版物
"Promoter Wars: Round 1 | Top Rank & Golden Boy Fire First Shot" - Royal Divide Magazine, Aug 11, 2015
"The Risk of Proffering Financial Expert Testimony in Lay Witness Clothing: The Limits of Rule 701 of the Federal Rules of Evidence" - Litigation Forensics Board of the NACVA, National Litigation Consultant's Review, Vol. 2, 2013