Both employers and employees have rights and responsibilities, which if violated will give the other the ability to bring a lawsuit. Disputes often arise when an employee is terminated, reveals confidential information, makes a harassment or discrimination claim or claims denial of compensation or benefits.
Whether it’s residential or commercial, landlords and tenants are often finding themselves at odds with one another. Real estate litigation, however, extends beyond eviction proceedings or violations of habitability. Disputes can arise from purchase/sale contracts, financing, construction projects, management or operating agreements, eminent domain and much more. When your home or business’s brick and mortar is at stake, it’s important to speak with a lawyer about your best course of action.
Disputes between businesses can arise in various forms ranging from allegations of unfair competition to contract disputes to collection matters. Whether you are trying to stop a wrongful business practice, have a contract honored or receive payment on a debt, a commercial litigator can aid you in the process of resolving these disputes in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.
Products & Premises Liability
If someone claims to have been injured by your product or to have been injured on your premises, you will need to hire a lawyer. These are two types of civil lawsuits, along with other personal injury claims, that make up what is known as tort law, where one party seeks to hold another liable for some wrongful conduct. To succeed in a tort action, it isn’t enough to show injury but also duty, breach and damage.
Hopefully, you have a lawyer-drafted Founder’s Agreement (aka partnership agreement, operating agreement, or corporate bylaws) in place so expectations, obligations and rights are clearly defined. But, either way, disputes over initial capital contribution, ownership, decision-making, distribution of profits and salary and withdrawal, to name a few, can turn best friends and family into legal combatants. Read more about Co-Founder disputes »
If you think someone is infringing on your trademark, copyright, patent or trade secret rights and registrations, you may want to bring a claim to protect your intellectual property. Working with an attorney early on to make sure you have strong protections in place is the most cost-effective intellectual property strategy you can pursue--whether that’s writing a cease and desist letter or bringing an infringement suit.