Purchasing Pitfalls: Avoiding Supplier Conflicts and Legal Battles

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Thursday, April 14, 2011; Presented by: Brian Akkashian and Rich Apkarian, Dickinson Wright PLLC

What is the best litigation avoidance strategy? It’s not to litigate. Your job is to focus on closing deals, customer retention and increasing ROI---not lawsuits with your suppliers. So what is the best strategy? Develop well-drafted supplier contracts, terms, agreements and related documents.

Join Brian Akkashian and Rich Apkarian, Dickinson Wright PLLC, as they discuss best practices for developing contracts with suppliers. Brian and Rich are partners at Dickinson Wright, a full service law firm with more than 285 attorneys practicing in Detroit, Las Vegas, Nashville, Phoenix, Toronto, Washington, D.C., and throughout Michigan.  Brian and Rich have a general commercial litigation and business law practice, with considerable experience litigating contract disputes between automotive suppliers and customers, counseling clients on a wide range of contract issues and drafting contracts, terms and conditions and related documents.  They represent clients of all sizes, from individuals and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

During this session, they will discuss practical advice on:
  • How to avoid legal issues and problems during contract formation with suppliers
  • How to deal with unexpected problems during the life of a contract, including increased raw material costs, and
  • How to properly terminate supply contracts and business relationships.
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