Practice Group | Bassford Remele

Commercial Litigation

Today, litigation has become an inevitable part of doing business. When it comes to the varied legal issues companies face, we have seen it all—from unfair competition claims, to business contract lawsuits, to shareholder rights disputes and more. For decades, we have represented companies of all sizes across a broad range of industries, including banking, law, accounting, and manufacturing, to name a few.

With a flexible approach, a comprehensive understanding of the current corporate climate, and substantial experience in every aspect of commercial litigation, we efficiently bring our clients’ disputes to an agreeable close, and we save them valuable time and money in the process. We have seen success in everything from small disputes to multimillion dollar claims, including one judgment for a computer hardware manufacturer that ranked as one of the single largest arbitration awards in Minnesota history. More than just courtroom outcomes, we take pride in helping clients proactively protect their business and confidently navigate their legal disputes.

Representative Cases

Represented a global computer-equipment company, obtaining a decision affirming and reinstating an arbitration award resulting in a total award exceeding $800 million in a misappropriation of a trade secret dispute. Seagate Tech., LLC v. Western Digital Corp., 854 N.W.2d 750 (Minn. 2014).

Served as co-lead counsel in a consolidated proceeding of more than 70,000 plaintiffs seeking damages arising from a multinational biotechnology conglomerate’s alleged premature commercialization of genetically modified corn products, resulting in a favorable settlement. In re: Syngenta Litig., No. 27-CV-15-3785 (Hennepin Cty. Minn. 2017).

Represented a global agricultural corporation in a multimillion dollar grain, fertilizer, oil and oil field supplies transloading site in Canada involving breach of contract, tortious interference, and equitable claims.

Represented the chief executive officer, chairman of the board, and minority shareholder in a dispute involving a successful family business.

Represented dealers at trial against a multinational agricultural company, obtaining a six-figure jury verdict and finding of no liability on a seven-figure counterclaim arising from a breach of seed distribution agreement.

Represented a global medical-device company in district court and on appeal, winning summary judgment on liability for breach-of-contract and tortious interference claims, together with a jury verdict and seven-figure judgment, including an attorneys’ fees award. St. Jude Med., S.C., Inc. v. Biosense Webster, Inc., 818 F.3d 785 (8th Cir. 2016).

Represented a global manufacturer in a dealer termination action enforcing the Minnesota choice-of-law and forum-selection provision and rejecting the claimed applicability of the New Jersey Franchise Practices Act.

Represented a group of distributors, obtaining dismissal of an antitrust class action. Insulate SB, Inc., 797 F.3d 538 (8th Cir. 2015).

Represented the former chairman, chief executive officer, and selling-shareholder in a class-action ESOP litigation, winning summary judgment from the district court for the firm’s client on the eve of trial. (Following separate trials on liability and damages, the plaintiff class was awarded more than $15 million in relief. Judgment in favor of the firm’s client was unchallenged on appeal.) Chesemore v. All. Holdings, Inc., 276 F.R.D. 506 (W.D. Wis. 2011); 886 F. Supp. 2d 1007 (W.D. Wis. 2012); aff'd sub nom. Chesemore v. Fenkell, 829 F.3d 803 (7th Cir. 2016).

Represented an individual at trial, obtaining a $4.75 million jury verdict against a large manufacturer in a fraudulent transfer case.

Represented an individual, obtaining a $2.3 million arbitration award in a case involving breach of a buyout agreement related to a casino-development project in California.

Represented a realty company and its parent company, obtaining a favorable outcome in a theft of a copyright and antitrust matter.

Defended an energy company at trial, obtaining a defense jury verdict in a case involving tortious interference with a frac-sand mining contract and claimed damages exceeding $60 million.

Represented a business and its owner at trial, obtaining a favorable jury verdict in a contract dispute with a railroad.


Chambers 2022
Metropolitan Tier 1 Firm in the area of Commercial Litigation
Metropolitan Tier 1 Firm in the area of Bet-the-Company Litigation
Ranked #1 in Best Litigation, Minnesota Lawyer/Finance & Commerce
Star Tribune Gold Winner in Civil Litigation