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James E. DeLine

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Contact info:

313.961.0200

Fax: 313.961.0388

James E. DeLine focuses his practice on complex business litigation, counseling automotive suppliers, and antitrust law.

Biography

Jim has extensive experience in all phases of state and federal litigation as well as domestic and international arbitrations, making him an ideal problem solver. He regularly counsels clients in contract and UCC matters, automotive supply chain disputes, injunctions, business torts, shareholder rights, creditor’s rights, product liability claims, and appeals. Jim’s recent successes include earning one of the largest annual verdicts in Michigan while representing an international automobile distributor against a global automobile manufacturer, resolving a multi-million dollar contract dispute on behalf of a family-owned manufacturer against a global automotive supplier, and defeating a $48 million breach of contract and fraud claim in an arbitration between foreign and domestic manufacturers. Outside of his busy practice, Jim enjoys traveling with his family and spending time with his two daughters.

Representative Matters

  • Contract and UCC disputes
  • Automotive supply chain disputes
  • Injunctions
  • Product liability litigation
  • Business disputes
  • Antitrust
  • Shareholder rights
  • Creditor’s rights
  • State and federal appeals

Contact info:

313.961.0200

Fax: 313.961.0388

James E. DeLine focuses his practice on complex business litigation, counseling automotive suppliers, and antitrust law.

Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan, Antitrust, Franchising & Trade Regulation Section 
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Bar Association
    • Antitrust Section
    • Trial Practice Committee
  • American Bankruptcy Institute

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Published Cases

  • Wausau Underwriters Ins. Co. v. Vulcan Development, Inc., 323 F.3d 396 (6th Cir. 2003)
  • United States Leather, Inc. v. Mitchell Mfg. Group, Inc., 276 F.3d 782 (6th Cir. 2002)
  • In Re: Garrett Tool & Engineering, Inc., 273 B.R. 123 (Bankr. E.D. Mich. 2002)
  • UAW-GM Human Resource Center v. KSL Recreation Corp., 228 Mich. App. 486, 579 N.W.2d 411 (1998)

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D.
    • Wayne Law Review
    • Moot Court National Team
  • University of Michigan, B.A.

Contact info:

313.961.0200

Fax: 313.961.0388

James E. DeLine focuses his practice on complex business litigation, counseling automotive suppliers, and antitrust law.

September 8, 2023

DeLine and Klima Prevail in Michigan Court Of Appeals

James DeLine and Jacquelyn Klima prevailed recently in the Michigan Court Of Appeals in an automotive supply chain dispute. Mr. DeLine represented a Tier 1 mold builder in a...

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August 24, 2023

DeLine Successfully Defends Noncompete Covenant on Behalf of Client

In a motion for preliminary injunction filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the employer asserted that the restrictive covenants advanced a legitimate...

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June 29, 2023

Lordstown Motors vs Foxconn: 3 takeaways for automakers

As part of its bankruptcy filing, Lordstown sued its strategic partner, Taiwan’s Foxconn, for allegedly setting in motion the circumstances that drove Lordstown into bankruptcy. Lordstown’s lawsuit teaches valuable...

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June 28, 2023

Kerr Russell Prevails In Oakland County Business Court

Kerr Russell business litigators James DeLine and William Blasses recently prevailed at trial in Oakland County Business Court in defense of a six-figure claim for attorney fees arising from...

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October 12, 2022

Kerr Russell Obtains Dismissal of Claims on Behalf of Client

Matthew Powell and James DeLine recently prevailed on behalf of Michigan’s leading premium food and wine distributor on a game-changing motion for preliminary injunction brought in the United States...

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September 14, 2022

Changing Suppliers in These Changing Times

With market volatility and supply chain constraints at record levels, manufacturers find themselves in unfamiliar territory with their supply base. As a consequence, manufacturers may need to protect production...

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