The Firm’s client, an importer, wholesaler, and distributor of paper products, was the subject of a transhipment audit by US Customs and Border Protection that threatened the imposition of penalties representing an existential threat to its business. We helped to assemble, coordinate, and lead a team of lawyers from Greenberg Traurig and Venable with customs investigations expertise, and directed responses to document summonses issued by the government. The investigation concluded without the assessment of any penalties. Jim Riley and Wyatt Jansen handled the matter.
Harry E. Peden and Kathryn O’Neill represented a long operating veterinarian practice, with two locations in New York, in the sale of its assets to a national veterinary group. As part of the sale, Harry and Katie assisted the Sellers with evaluating many purchase offers from a variety of potential buyers. The transaction involved the assignment of real estate leases, commercial contracts, and employment agreements for the principal veterinarians. In recent years, Harry and Katie have represented many veterinary groups in the buying and selling of practices.
The Firm successfully moved to dismiss a case on behalf of a client in a trust and estates dispute. The Connecticut Superior Court held that, despite the settlor of a revocable trust being conserved, the remainder beneficiary of an inter-vivos trust lacked standing to challenge the settlor’s amendment of the trust and appointment of a successor trustee. Luke Tashjian handled the matter.
The Firm is pleased to announce that Giovanni D’Amico has joined the Firm as an associate in the Business Law Department. Giovanni represents clients in connection with corporate formation and dissolution, commercial transactions, regulatory compliance, and trademark protection. Prior to joining Whitman Breed, Giovanni represented clients in New Haven County with regard to commercial transactions and civil litigation, especially with respect to healthcare practices and practitioners and in the employment context.
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