In The News: Chemical Co. Wins $35M Verdict In Contract Trial

Offit Kurman Attorneys, Michael Conway and Stephen Forte, Featured in Law360

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Offit Kurman Attorneys, Michael Conway and Stephen Forte, obtained a $35M verdict in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Tuesday, October 17. Their client, Shangyu Sunfit Chemical Company Ltd., a Chinese manufacturer of a chemical used in agricultural fertilizer, was involved in a dispute where Sunfit contracted to distribute product in the U.S. using a North Carolina company as its North American distributor. This company and its principals, however, used the proceeds of sales of Sunfit’s products to create a competing business. In the end, the jury sided entirely with Sunfit.


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Michael Conway’s practice is primarily focused on litigation on behalf of financial institutions, companies, officers and directors. While he practices all aspects of special asset recovery litigation for these entities, Michael also defends these clients in traditional civil litigation, as well as in the bankruptcy arena. He also represents clients in all aspects of business reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code and regularly works through litigation to protect the intellectual property rights of his clients.








Stephen Forte focuses his practice in the areas of business, financial services and real estate litigation in the federal, state and appellate courts in New York and Connecticut, as well as other jurisdictions, including the New Jersey federal courts.

Stephen’s business litigation practice includes representing clients in actions involving business torts, corporate disputes, employment matters, breach of contract claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, trade secrets, and trademark infringement.







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