Case Studies

Negotiated favorable settlement for prominent beer distributor in a breach of contract dispute

The litigation team at Tannenbaum Helpern represented its client, a prominent wholesale distributor of various brands of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, in a breach of contract action in connection with an exclusive distribution agreement with a wine importer and seller in the Commercial Division in the Supreme Court of the State of New York. After Tannenbaum Helpern litigators successfully defeated a motion to dismiss the Complaint and a subsequent motion for re-argument, the parties made initial discovery disclosures and thereafter agreed to engage in a virtual mediation, as in-person mediation is impossible due to the COVID-19 pandemic and NY was in a lockdown. Tannenbaum Helpern litigators negotiated a favorable settlement on behalf of its client.

Despite limited access to the courts as a result of the unprecedented closures due to COVID-19, Tannenbaum Helpern was able to obtain a positive and expeditious outcome for its client, through the use of virtual alternative dispute resolution, a relatively novel concept at the time.

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