George H. Cate III

Legal Assistant
Mittie Compton
P: 615.252.3579
Representative Experience
  • Commercial Litigation, Business Torts and Intellectual Property
    • Represented luxury hotel company in defense of litigation brought by competitor challenging use of sales tax subsidies to develop a convention center hotel and also in defense of fraud claims by a co-defendant after client terminated their proposed hotel joint venture. Secured pretrial dismissal of the former venture partner’s fraud claims and prevailed at trial with respect to the challenge to the tax subsidy financing of the hotel project. 

      Represented the National Hockey League in enforcing the arbitration provisions of the NHL Constitution and owner consent agreements in connection with a lawsuit among owners of the Nashville Predators hockey club, and served as lead counsel in successfully arguing the NHL’s motion to compel the owners to arbitrate their disputes before the NHL Commissioner. 

      Represented one of the largest privately held companies in the U.S. in the defense of a nationwide class action arising out of alleged fraudulent sales practices, negotiated class settlement agreement, and advised the company on the performance of the settlement terms.

      Defended Danish construction company in federal litigation brought by a U.S. company asserting breach of license agreements governing sewer rehabilitation work in several European countries, fraud for alleged failure to pay royalties under those agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets in connection with the client’s manufacture of sewer liners in Denmark, and related business torts (obtained dismissal of all fraud claims, and case thereafter settled on mutually agreeable terms during trial).

      Advised large privately held business in connection with the termination of a multimillion-dollar asset purchase transaction as a result of the seller’s overcharging of customers; successfully avoided litigation, and parties were later able to complete transaction after issue was remedied.

      Secured judgment in federal bench trial on behalf of book distribution company in defense of lawsuit brought by competitor alleging client agreed to purchase the competitor’s entire inventory of books just before the competitor filed bankruptcy.

      Secured dismissal of claims asserted against large privately held company arising out of alleged failure to pay broker for its role in the sale of an insurance business.

      Obtained dismissal of federal lawsuit brought by contractor against national church organization alleging violation of construction contract for project in Greece.

      Represented Danish manufacturer of industrial machinery in successful resolution of patent infringement dispute with a U.S. company.

      Defended nationwide class action arising from alleged conversion of welding gas cylinders through a cylinder exchange program, resulting in settlement of all claims.

      Successfully defended a senior restaurant company executive in non-compete litigation brought by former employer; secured dismissal of all claims.

      Successfully defended sales managers in lawsuit filed by large nursing home company alleging unfair completion and violation of non-solicitation obligations; defeated application for temporary injunction and case thereafter dismissed.

      Successfully defended litigation brought by national insurance company against two former exclusive insurance agencies alleging various business torts and that retention of policyholder information constituted misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of fiduciary duty; defeated application for temporary injunction and all claims subsequently dismissed.

      Successfully defended former sales manager of company that sold Medicare Advantage plans in case asserting unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets; defeated two applications for temporary injunction and all claims later dismissed.

      Represented a medical imaging company in securing judgment against former employee arising from multi-year embezzlement scheme and cooperated with federal prosecutors in the successful pursuit of a criminal conviction and an order of restitution.

  • Insurance, Banking and Tax
    • Secured judgment in a federal bench trial in favor of a tire manufacturer in a case brought by the U.S. government alleging underpayment of federal excise taxes.

      Secured jury verdict in favor of bank in lender liability case where guarantor claimed he was defrauded into guaranteeing a bank loan.

      Obtained judgment on behalf of a bank against parties who had attempted to defraud the bank in connection with a counterfeit cashier’s check scheme.

      Served as "severity counsel" for a large insurance company, providing advice for the handling of high exposure matters and oversight for the work of counsel hired by the insurer to defend such cases.

      Served as counsel to large, multi-state insurance company with respect to agent issues in Tennessee.

      Defended insurance company in litigation with bank arising from a large flood loss sustained by a hotel. Bank alleged that insurance company violated bank’s security interest due to distribution of insurance proceeds to the hotel owners.

      Represented insurance company in coverage dispute with guitar manufacturer arising from major flood damage to manufacturing facility.

  • Government Enforcement, Investigations and False Claims Act
    • Represented one of the largest privately held companies in the U.S. in connection with a federal white-collar investigation, a nationwide class action and other related matters arising from alleged fraudulent sales practices committed by certain employees, including the successful negotiation of an agreement with prosecutors that avoided criminal charges against the client and a settlement agreement resolving the class action.

      Defended U.S. construction company in a False Claims Act and qui tam case asserting fraudulent billing in connection with a major sewer construction project in the Middle East. Case settled on mutually agreeable terms.

      Represented a large public power company in an internal investigation of the organization’s response to an environmental spill and worked with a legal and communications team to develop a crisis communications plan.

      Advised large privately held business on internal investigation and steps to minimize potential exposure arising from fatal accident following event attended by company representatives.

      Conducted internal investigation for financial institution arising from loss of customer property during shipment between two facilities and resolved related claims brought be the customer.

      Worked with in-house counsel for an automobile manufacturer to conduct internal investigation of bank fraud and embezzlement scheme committed by employees and represented company during interviews by federal law enforcement.

      Represented a medical imaging company in connection with an internal investigation of embezzlement scheme by employee. Cooperated with federal law enforcement investigators and prosecutors in their investigation and prosecution of the employee leading to conviction of the employee and an order of restitution in favor of the client.

      Led internal investigation for insurance firm to locate, secure, and remove alleged trade secret material that employee misappropriated from previous employer thereby avoiding litigation.

      Successfully defended medical diagnostic imaging company in a federal False Claims Act investigation arising from alleged failure to provide refunds to patients.

      Represented executive of federally regulated private company in connection with an investigation by a federal agency’s Office of Inspector General.

      Successfully defended road builder in connection with a federal investigation of bribery of a state official.

      Defended road builder in state department of transportation proceeding to disqualify the client as a minority-owned state contractor.

      Defended owner of membership campground in civil investigation by consumer affairs division of state attorney general’s office and negotiated assurance of voluntary compliance.

  • Mass Tort and Product Liability
    • Secured favorable jury verdict in the defense of an aviation manufacturer in a product liability case alleging that defects in an engine cowl-latching mechanism caused a helicopter crash.

      Secured favorable jury verdict in the defense of an automobile manufacturer in a product liability case alleging that defects in the design of a seatback and passive seat-belt restraint system caused the death of a university professor in a rollover crash.

      Defended automobile manufacturer in an environmental tort case in Texas arising from operation of parts manufacturing plants in Mexico.

      Represented funeral home in mass tort case arising from activities of Tri-State Crematory in Nobel, Georgia.