Recent Client Successes

Thorpe Shwer Obtains Defense Verdict in Forcible Entry and Detainer Action

Thorpe Shwer attorneys Bill Thorpe, Adam Reich and Jamie Gill Santos obtained a defense verdict for a client following a two-day bench trial of a forcible entry and detainer action. The case was brought by a landlord to evict Thorpe Shwer’s client, a successful, high-end nightclub in the Downtown Scottsdale Entertainment District. Thorpe Shwer aggressively defended the client through expedited discovery and trial, obtaining a complete victory, including a finding by the court that the client was entitled to recover its attorney’s fees from the adverse party.

Thorpe Shwer Prevails in BNSF Railway Company v. Seats Incorporated

Thorpe Shwer attorneys Bill Thorpe, Brad Shwer, and Kristin Paiva represented BNSF Railway Company in an appeal brought before the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division I. The appeal involved the preemptive scope of the Locomotive Inspection Act, 49 U.S.C. § 20701, et seq. (the “LIA”). The Court of Appeals, in a 3-0 published decision, determined that the LIA did not preempt BNSF’s state law cross-claims for indemnification and contribution against a locomotive seat manufacturer, holding: “although [the] LIA establishes uniform safety regulations and preempts claims based on a state-specific standard of care, it does not preempt claims based on the federal standard.” See BNSF Railway Company v. Seats Incorporated, 237 Ariz. 259 (App. 2015).

Thorpe Shwer Files Successful Motion to Dismiss in Commercial Litigation Action

Thorpe Shwer attorneys Bill Thorpe and Adam Reich achieved a dismissal with prejudice of a claim brought pursuant to an asset purchase agreement between two manufacturers of pet-care products. Thorpe Shwer moved to dismiss the complaint owing to plaintiff’s failure to comply with certain provisions in the asset purchase agreement concerning preconditions to any suit between the parties. The court granted the motion and dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, and awarded attorney’s fees to Thorpe Shwer’s client.