Julander, Brown & Bollard attorneys Dirk O. Julander, William C. Bollard and Dustin M. Monroe won a substantial judgment in the United States District Court, District of Hawaii on behalf of their clients, D. Bello Associates, Inc. (DBA) and its principals, Doug Bello and Jeffrey Bates. DBA was accused of breaching an agreement with HDEP, Inc. to jointly provide outsourcing services to the title insurance industry. The parties had been in business together for over 20 years. The relationship came to an acrimonious end when HDEP cut off DBA’s share of the revenue and began soliciting joint customers to execute contracts excluding DBA. In response to HDEP’s “best defense is a good offense” lawsuit, DBA counterclaimed for the substantial damages caused by HDEP’s aggressive actions. HDEP later raised the stakes by adding personal tort claims against DBA’s principals.
After a 2½ week trial, JBB attorneys prevailed on the Court to find in favor of DBA on substantially all of HDEP’s claims and DBA’s counterclaims. The Court found that HDEP violated its contract with DBA by depriving it of substantial revenues under the joint customer contracts. DBA anticipates recovering approximately $1,900,000 from HDEP after the Court ordered accounting. Moreover, DBA and its principals were completely vindicated on the numerous tort claims.
Julander, Brown & Bollard regularly represents clients in business disputes in courts throughout the country. According to Mr. Julander, “we try very hard to resolve disputes through settlement knowing that our clients need cost effective and even creative resolutions to avoid detracting from their business operations. But when that effort doesn’t resolve the problem, we are very experienced in court and get outstanding results through trial.”