Real estate and property litigation encompasses a wide variety of disputes, from property line disagreements to transactions gone bad. We have a broad range of experience handling disputes involving agricultural, commercial and residential properties.
Property Purchasers v. Title Insurance Company (and others). A married couple purchased a home and land, and later learned of significant problems with the property and title. We represented the property purchasers in federal court against the sellers, the real estate agents, and the title company that insured the transaction. After lengthy discovery, the property purchasers settled with the sellers and went to trial against the real estate agents. A bench trial resulted in verdict for significant damages and an award of attorney fees against the agents. The case settled for a confidential amount before the court ruled on the purchasers’ claim for attorney fees.
Environmental Protection Agency v. Business Owner. The EPA brought enforcement measures against a grain and fertilizer dealer, claiming violation of state and environmental laws. We defended the business against these claims and showed the contamination was in fact coming from an adjacent, government-owned property.
Property Owner v. Restoration Contractor. A home owner hired a restoration contractor to clean up damage from a broken plumbing line. As part of the clean-up, the contractor removed various asbestos-containing materials. We represented the home owner in a lawsuit against the restoration contractor, and a three-week jury trial resulted in a verdict in favor of the homeowner for clean-up costs and punitive damages. The case settled for a confidential amount before the court determined the amount of punitive damages against the contractor.
National Investor v. Commercial Borrower. A real-estate investor purchased a multi-state loan portfolio from a bank that had gone into receivership. After extensive background investigation of the borrower and the portfolio of properties, we assisted the investor in leveraging a favorable workout of the debt with the out-of-state borrower without having to file suit.
Land Owner v. Feedlot Company. A rural land owner’s property was being contaminated with runoff from an adjacent feedlot. We represented the landowner in a lawsuit against the feedlot for property damage and cleanup costs. After the feedlot’s request to dismiss the case were denied, it filed for bankruptcy protection and ceased operations at that facility.
Commercial Lender v. Commercial borrower. We regularly represent lenders and investors in the enforcement of debt obligations for commercial properties throughout Kansas.