Experience


Corporate Experience

Rewriting Operating Manuals -- The Devil is in the Details
An international franchise company turned to Larkin Hoffman to help rewrite, and in some cases create, operating manuals for multiple brands.

Creation of National Dealer Network
A direct selling organization contacted Larkin Hoffman for assistance in establishing a national distribution network.

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Employment, Labor and Benefits Experience

WARN Act Implementation
When a Minnesota based manufacturing company underwent a major workforce reduction across multiple states, it turned to Chirs Harristhal to evaluate WARN Act issues, determine trigger points for notification, and prepare notices to the appropriate agencies and workers.

School District Prevails in Summary Judgment Motion
When a school district was accused by one of its teachers of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the school district contacted Larkin Hoffman.

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Franchise and Distribution Experience

Franchise Group Assists Franchisor in Implementing New Program, Defeating Challenge from Reluctant Franchisees
One of our franchisor clients wanted to implement a new program in its system. While the program was not provided for in the existing franchise agreements, the franchisor wanted all franchisees to participate in, and pay all fees associated with, the program. We assisted the client in structuring the program so as to fall within the provisions of the existing franchise agreements. When the fees associated with the program were nevertheless challenged by nearly two dozen franchisees, our transaction and litigation groups worked together to develop a strategy that ultimately led to the dismissal of the claims of more than half the franchisees, and settlement with the remaining franchisees without any change in the program or program fees.

Courts Grant Two Separate Franchisors’ Motions to Dismiss Lawsuits and Enforce Contractual Mediation Provision
Despite having mandatory mediation and binding arbitration provisions in their franchise agreement, two franchisees of two different franchisors we represent brought suit in California, 18 months apart, seeking both damages and injunctive relief against our franchisor clients.  In each case, we had the lawsuit dismissed, and each dismissal led to favorable settlements for our clients.

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Government Relations and Administrative Law Experience

Large Industrial Client Has Ongoing Government Relations Concerns
Larkin Hoffman’s Government Relations and Regulatory team helped to develop a strategy for a large industrial client with varied tax, environmental and real estate concerns that needed to interact regularly with senior elected and appointed cabinet officials in the State of Minnesota.

Larkin Hoffman Helped Property Managers Fend Off Legislation
A sophisticated property management organization engaged Larkin Hoffman’s Government Relations team to help it pro-actively engage the legislature on issues affecting their business and that of their clients. 

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Health Care Industry Experience

Healthcare Client Wins Defense Verdict
Faced with claims of sexual harassment, assault and battery, and vicarious liability, a client in the healthcare industry contacted Larkin Hoffman.

Chapter 11 Reorganization -- Health Care
Larkin Hoffman's Bankruptcy Law team members lead reorganization of a health care facility after Chapter 11 bankruptcy.




Intellectual Property, Technology and Internet Experience

Midwest Industries, Inc. v. Karavan Trailers (S.D. Iowa)
The case Midwest Industries, Inc. v. Karavan Trailers  (S.D. Iowa) which involved the interplay between patents and trade dress rights. Midwest asserted trade dress protection in a unique curved winch post configuration for personal watercraft trailers. Midwest appealed the district court’s order granting summary judgment to Karavan, holding that Midwest’s trade dress claims were barred by federal patent law because Midwest had design patents for the curved winch post and a utility patent in which the curved winch post was claimed. Larkin Hoffman attorney Tom Oppold took over this case on appeal and successfully argued on behalf of Midwest to the Federal Circuit.

Field v. Grabber Mfg. Co. (M.D. Fla.)
Larkin Hoffman attorney, Tom Oppold, served as counsel for Field in Field v. Grabber Mfg. Co. (M.D. Fla.) a patent infringement case involving automotive collision repair machines. A significant damages award for the inventor was awarded by the jury.

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Litigation Experience

Prescriptive Easement Denied After Court Trial
Tamara O’Neill Moreland and Julie Nagorski successfully represented a group of property owners who were sued by an adjoining landowner for a prescriptive easement over their private road. After a three-day court trial, the judge denied the prescriptive easement.

Negotiated Settlement with Homeowner’s Association Regarding Roof Damage
An owner of residential condominium that sustained damage due to a leaking roof hired Julie Nagorski to represent her in claims against the homeowners association to recover her damages.  The client had found herself an “accidental landlord” when she combined homes with her new husband and the market prevented her from selling her condo, forcing her to rent it.  

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Personal Legal Services Experience

Increasing Father’s Parenting Time in Shared Custody Case
When the father of a nine year-old girl needed help to secure his rights to parenting time, he contacted Larkin Hoffman. The father and mother had been separated for several years and the mother refused to let the father have more than six hours of parenting time with the child every other weekend. After the mother refused to change her position in mediation, Larkin Hoffman attorney Rob Hill prevailed in district court so that the father received the statutorily presumptive 25 percent of parenting time. For the first time, the daughter now spends overnights at her dad's apartment. 

Long Distance Mediation Avoids Court Hearing in Custody Case
When a father’s young children were taken from the United States to Europe by his wife, the father contacted Larkin Hoffman for support. 

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Real Estate, Land Use and Resources Experience

Prescriptive Easement Denied After Court Trial
Tamara O’Neill Moreland and Julie Nagorski successfully represented a group of property owners who were sued by an adjoining landowner for a prescriptive easement over their private road. After a three-day court trial, the judge denied the prescriptive easement.

Negotiated Settlement with Homeowner’s Association Regarding Roof Damage
An owner of residential condominium that sustained damage due to a leaking roof hired Julie Nagorski to represent her in claims against the homeowners association to recover her damages.  The client had found herself an “accidental landlord” when she combined homes with her new husband and the market prevented her from selling her condo, forcing her to rent it.  

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