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Former supervisor accuses Chobani of age discrimination

Companies in Florida and various parts of the country often place a great deal of importance on image. Although maintaining a positive image can be beneficial in numerous areas of business, if these attempts lead to discrimination of any kind, victims of such acts might choose to pursue legal recourse. A man in another state has recently filed a lawsuit against his former employer accusing the company of age discrimination.

According to reports, the man was employed as a supervisor by the popular yogurt company Chobani. In the lawsuit, he claims that he was released from the company only a week after being placed on a plan to improve performance and to help him learn how to work with younger employees. The man says the company purposely terminated his employment, and the employment of others near his age, in order to hire younger individuals.

Radioshack accuses Sprint of breach of contract

When a business relationship goes south, the fallout may often lead to heated disputes concerning contractual obligations. Businesses in Florida and across the country who choose to form a partnership with another company often attempt to form a contract that will protect their interests should issues arise, but these documents can often be complex. Radioshack has recently filed a lawsuit against Sprint, accusing the company of breach of contract, along with various additional allegations.

According to reports, the two companies entered into a business relationship in 2015, in which the two agreed to co-brand numerous Radioshack locations. Radioshack was already experiencing financial difficulties at this point, and the partnership reportedly failed to produce the desired results, eventually leading Radioshack to file for bankruptcy. In the lawsuit, the company accuses Sprint of opening numerous solo locations near the co-branded stores, allegedly with the intent of driving the struggling company out of business.

Lawsuit alleges noncompete breach and theft of trade secrets

What was once reported as a friendly departure from a business has turned into a contentious lawsuit between the company and a former partner, according to a recent news account. The public statement that the departure was friendly does not necessarily mean that all ran smoothly within the business. Nearly two-decades ago, a man started working for a well-established jewelry store on the Eastern seaboard. He worked his way up in the business and became Chief Operating Officer in 2007. At that time, the COO was given a one-quarter partnership in the company and signed a contract that included a noncompete agreement.

New Partner Seeks To Expand Scope Of Business

Complex business agreements can lead to intense contract disputes

A contract between two businesses in Florida or elsewhere is often a highly complex document that may be subject to interpretation should a dispute arise. Contract disputes are often highly contested topics, especially if one party has sustained significant financial losses in the process. A radio streaming platform has recently filed a claim against Pandora for breach of contract following allegations of failed advertisement sales goals.

The company Tuneln claims that it entered into a business arrangement with Pandora prior to the beginning of the current year. It claims that Pandora agreed to provide the company with a guaranteed quarterly revenue provided it supplied a sufficient amount of audio impressions. After a few months, it claims the other company ended the business arrangement on grounds that Tuneln had allegedly failed to meet its end of the agreement.

Non-compete disputes: AWS files claim against former executive

When an individual in Florida or elsewhere obtains employment at an innovative technology company, he or she may be required to sign a non-compete agreement. This type of agreement is often in place to prohibit a person from working for a rival company for a set period of time, and if broken, litigation may ensue. Non-compete disputes can be tough issues that often require detailed examination of the contract, potentially prompting a need for assistance in navigating the process.

A recent lawsuit has been filed by Amazon Web Services (AWS), after a former employee allegedly left and took a position with Smartsheet, which is apparently also a software company. They claim that this act was in violation of the non-compete agreement that he signed with the company, stating that he would be unable to work for a rival for as many as 18 months after vacating his current position. According to AWS, he held a high position and was privy to numerous developmental products before leaving.

Woman accuses former employer of disability discrimination

Countless individuals have been subjected to unfair and unjust treatment at work in relation to a medical disability. Businesses in Florida can require employees to possess the ability to perform work-related tasks. In some cases, however, a disabled individual who is fully capable of performing duties is still targeted or retaliated against by his or her employer. A woman in another state has recently filed a claim against her former employer in relation to alleged disability discrimination and retaliation.

While working for a local assessor's office, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and was forced to undergo hip replacement surgery. While her condition had an impact on her balance and ability to walk, she asserts that she was still capable of performing her duties. Despite not exhibiting any signs that would indicate otherwise, she was asked to undergo a medical examination to continue employment.

Three tips to keep your trade secrets a secret

Trade secrets are meant to be secret. These secrets are often the very thing that separates your business from competitors. Unfortunately, keeping these secrets is not always an easy task. There are proactive steps that you can take to help better ensure your secrets are kept secure. These three tips can help:

  • Know your secrets. Before you can protect your trade secrets, you need to know what they are. The secrets can include anything from a special recipe to a formula used to create a product, inventions in the works or a business plan. The list is seemingly endless. It is important to have a clear understanding of what secrets need protecting. 

Port authority accuses airline of breach of contract

When companies in Florida and elsewhere enter a business relationship with another party, an agreement stating the terms of service is often required. If one party fails to uphold the terms of a business contract, the other might have legal recourse for any damages sustained. A port authority in another state has recently filed a lawsuit against an airline in relation to an alleged breach of contract.

The port authority was apparently seeking to provide passenger flights from one specific location to another, and thus entered into business with the airline in question. According to reports, this service only lasted a few weeks before coming to a halt. The port authority claims that it paid the airline to provide daily flights and has accused it of failing to meet the terms of their agreement as well as misrepresentation.

High-Stakes ‘Pink Slime’ Dispute to be Presented to a Jury

It’s one of the most high-stakes defamation battles in U.S. history. The case highlights the complexity of business litigation, with a range of issues to present to the jury, including product disparagement, tortious interference and libel.

Expected to run eight weeks, the case has Beef Products Inc. (BPI) pitted against ABC, owned by Walt Disney Co.

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