Richard C. Landon

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Direct: 612.632.3429

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Direct: 612.632.3301

Richard Landon is a trial attorney and appellate specialist who advises and represents businesses resolving disputes in antitrust, distribution, and franchising, as well as shareholder disputes and other complex commercial litigation.

Richard’s representation of manufacturers and distributors covers a wide variety of commercial disputes, including dealer terminations, antitrust, and other unfair competition claims. Richard also regularly helps franchisors enforce post-termination rights and defends against claims by sales representatives for unpaid commissions and wrongful termination. In addition to litigation, Richard advises clients on antitrust issues in product distribution and franchising, including advice and employee training on pricing issues and other supply practices, as well as the application of state dealership laws and franchise relationship laws.

Before joining Gray Plant Mooty, Richard was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Michael J. Melloy for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and Richard continues to focus part of his practice on appellate work representing a diverse range of issues in front of state appellate courts and Federal Courts of Appeal.

Experience

Recent Litigation Experience

  • Represented national equipment manufacturer obtaining summary judgment on statutory claims brought by former dealer
  • Represented nationally furniture manufacturer defending against unfair business practices and contract claims in suit by terminated dealer
  • Represented heavy equipment dealer and auction services provider defend against Sherman Act conspiracy claim
  • Represented public transportation contractor in two-week trial, obtaining trial verdict dismissing public-bidding challenge from a losing bidder
  • Represented heavy equipment distributor defending against antitrust claims asserted by terminated dealer
  • Represented former employees in the transportation logistics industry in two-week trial, involving allegations of trade secret misappropriation, tortious interference, and violations of the computer fraud and abuse act
  • Represented heavy equipment dealer in two-day bench trial for negligent repair claim
  • Represented national restaurant franchisor in arbitration against claims of state franchise law violations
  • Represented national hotel franchisors in suits involving franchise termination and allegations of state franchise law violations
  • Represented national fitness club franchisor in arbitrations seeking damages for premature terminations by franchisees

Selected Appellate Experience

  • Reversed Court of Appeals dismissal on jurisdictional grounds on behalf of plaintiffs suing the State of Minnesota for failure to provide an adequate education in Minneapolis and Saint Paul public schools, as required by the Minnesota State Constitution. Cruz-Guzman v. State, 916 N.W.2d 1 (Minn. 2018)
  • Reversed Court of Appeals decision invalidating public procurement contract for municipal bus services. Rochester City Lines, Co. v. City of Rochester, 913 N.W.2d 443 (Minn. 2018)
  • Obtained affirmance by the Minnesota Supreme Court of a ruling that client was not responsible for organizational conflicts of interest regarding a publicly bid governmental contract. Rochester City Lines, Co. v. City of Rochester, 868 N.W.2d 655 (Minn. 2016)
  • Obtained affirmance of judgment on the pleadings in patent dispute by invalidating asserted patents as directed to ineligible subject matter and defend the ruling in the Federal Circuit. Concaten, Inc. v. AmeriTrack Fleet Solutions, LLC, 669 Fed. Appx. 571 (Fed. Cir. 2016)
  • Represented neighborhood association in Eighth Circuit appeal challenging environmental review of public transportation project
  • Represented office products vendor in Seventh Circuit appeal of dismissed False Claims Act complaint
  • Represented agricultural farm challenging assessment of unemployment insurance tax based on wages paid to temporary foreign visa workers
  • Represented Defendant challenging jurisdiction of state court to review fraudulent transfer claim outside of bankruptcy court
  • Obtained affirmance of franchisor’s dismissal from putative class action regarding overpayment of sales tax
  • Represented sons against estate of their father for breach of fiduciary duty managing a trust
  • Richard has also authored numerous amicus curiae briefs in the Minnesota Supreme Court and other federal courts of appeal
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