Fiddler's Litigation Division has continued its strong tradition of ably representing corporate and individual clients in local and federal courts in Puerto Rico at both the trial and appellate levels. Fiddler is very active in the complex field of commercial arbitration, as well as in administrative proceedings in Commonwealth and federal regulatory agencies. Fiddler attorneys are acclaimed for their experience in matters related to Puerto Rico’s distributorship laws, construction law, intellectual property and technology, telecommunications, toxic torts, libel and slander and product liability defines.
The members of the dispute resolution practice have training and experience in arbitration, mediation and early neutral evaluation procedures. Senior members of the group have served as neutrals in domestic and international arbitrations and in mediation of disputes. Members of the Litigation, Labor and Employment and Corporate Divisions form part of the group and offer seminars and individual counsel to clients about alternatives to litigation to resolve disputes.
This group of attorneys routinely handles matters regulated by both, federal and Puerto Rico antitrust statutes, as well as Federal Trade Commission and U.S. and Puerto Rico Department of Justice regulations. Our attorneys have advised clients on FTC investigations and related administrative proceedings and have represented numerous clients in investigations, pre-merger approvals, post-merger monitoring and Closing Law enforcement proceedings before the Puerto Rico Department of Justice’s Office of Monopolistic Affairs. We also represent clients in antitrust litigation arising under the Robinson-Patman Act, Clayton Act and Sherman Act, as well as the corresponding Puerto Rico antitrust statutes. The scope of our work often involves internal investigations and compliance monitoring, and includes counseling on development and implementation of internal procedures to avoid antitrust liability.
In addition to having excellent trial skills, Fiddler's litigation teams handle appellate work in most areas of law at all levels, be it federal or local courts.
Whether it is drafting a persuasive brief in a wrongful termination case before the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals or arguing a cutting edge legal question on defamation before the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Fiddler's appellate practice, which frequently is a multidivisional line up, provides its clients with effective representation at any stage of an appeal.
Fiddler has broad experience representing airlines and aviation insurers in Puerto Rico. The combined talent and experience of the individual members of the group are greater than the sum of its parts. In the last 30 years alone, members of the group have defended more than a thousand claims to a satisfactory resolution. Members of the group have litigated complex aviation defense practice cases involving hundreds of parties and issues. The group has also been involved in all major airline accident litigation in Puerto Rico.
To maintain the level of proficiency our clients deserve, members of the group actively participate in professional associations like the Defense Research Institute and the American Bar Association and belong to the sections and committees of their particular interest. They have lectured members of the bar, clients and universities on issues related to aviation, case management and trial practice in Puerto Rico. They are frequent contributors to Law Review journals and other industry publications.
From assisting clients on bidding for federal projects to the formation and negotiation of contracts for the development and construction of shopping centers, Fiddler ably counsels owners, developers and construction companies alike in all stages of this area of the law.
Disputes and conflicts between parties involved in the design, development and construction process, including construction defects, breaches of contract, delays in performance and subcontractor issues are expertly litigated by experienced attorneys dedicated to this highly technical area of law.
Fiddler, González & Rodríguez's Lender Liability Defense Practice Group has successfully defended local, national and international lending institutions as well as investment and community banks from a broad range of claims including negligence, fraud, bad faith, tortious interference, misrepresentation, predatory lending, and breach of fiduciary duties.
The Lender Liability Defense Practice Group also consistently obtains positive results for clients in the defense of actions under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Federal Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Federal Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), as well as Puerto Rico's Unfair and Deceptive Practices Acts and Regulations.
Fiddler has developed a strong distribution law practice, going back to 1964 when the first dealer protection statute was enacted in Puerto Rico. Fiddler’s lawyers have been involved in many leading cases related to the Puerto Rico Dealer’s Act commonly known as Law 75, and the Sales Representative Act, known as Law 21. They have written articles on distribution issues for law review and other legal publications which are often cited in judicial opinions, and offer seminars on the subject for clients and other parties. Also, clients continually consult them on issues concerning the distribution of goods and services, including termination issues and exposure analysis.
The group calls upon the skills and knowledge, of attorneys who concentrate in litigation, taxes, labor and secured transactions, since the distribution of a product or service may involve one or more of these areas. Members of the group handle litigation, as well as drafting and review of distribution, franchise and sales representation agreements.
Fiddler represents government contractors and suppliers in their dealings with agencies of the central government and municipalities. Our advice is available for every aspect of government contracts including counseling and litigation.
Clients can contact us at any stage of the procurement process. Early involvement allows us to focus on the initial RFP phase, when we are able to identify relevant issues related to particularized requirements and are able to help clients anticipate potential challenges to an award. Often we are called upon to represent clients in the negotiation and execution of actual contract documents. We also regularly represent clients in connection with administrative and judicial review of contract award decisions.
When disputes arise concerning contract performance or termination, we defend our clients’ interests before the appropriate administrative or judicial forum, or in arbitration proceedings.
The Intellectual Property Practice Group incorporates the talents of selected attorneys who master this specialized area of the law. The group’s attorneys advise and represent clients to assure the fullest legal protection for clients’ unique products and services, as well as for customer goodwill established by clients as to their existing products and services.
The intellectual property practice group counsels clients in the registration, transfer, and protection of their proprietary rights through trademarks, service marks, collective marks, patents, and copyrights, and with reference to parallel import actions. The group has particular experience in matters involving trade secrets, and in the negotiation of licensing and franchise agreements. Legal issues related to computers and the Internet are also handled by the group. It also handles concerns related to advertising, contests, and packaging and labeling. In addition, group attorneys have considerable experience litigating patent, trademark and copyright infringement actions in federal courts and rights of publicity, moral rights of authorship and trade secrets in local courts, as well as pursuing intellectual property matters before administrative agencies. First Amendment, libel, and defamation actions are also handled by our diverse group. In the area of trademarks, the group has an extensive list of clients from almost every country in the world.
Fiddler has established a knowledgeable practice group with well honed skills representing corporate clients in products liability defense.
Members of the group have litigated complex product liability cases in Multi-District Litigation involving hundreds of parties and issues. Members of the Group have also been involved in product litigations in specialized claims like post-collision-fuel-fed-fire and airbag cases in Puerto Rico in the last 25 years.
To maintain the level of proficiency our clients deserve, members of the group actively participate in professional associations such as the Defense Research Institute and the American Bar Association and belong to the litigation and products liability sections and committees of their particular interest. They have lectured members of the bar, clients, universities, on issues related to products liability, case management and trial practice. They have written articles in Law Review journals and other industry publications.
The Telecommunications Practice Group combines the thorough knowledge of our telecommunications lawyers with that of the litigation, corporate, regulatory, real estate and environmental groups. The interdisciplinary group has represented telecom clients from all major segments of the telecommunications industry in a broad range of legislation, general litigation, regulatory affairs, administrative appeals, antitrust, fair trade, mergers, acquisitions, contract drafting, negotiations, and business and transactional work that reflects the rapidly changing nature of this industry in today’s society.
Group members actively participated in the hearings and debates that led to the passage of the Puerto Rico Telecommunications Law of 1996, and continue to be involved in a number of judicial proceedings relative to the application of the new laws and regulations to the telecommunications industry.
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