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Critical first steps when your company gets sued

You published a comprehensive employee handbook, held regular training meetings and drafted a solid customer contract. Nevertheless, you are facing what any business owner dreads: a lawsuit. Whether the person who filed the complaint is a partner, client or employee, you have a lot to deal with and a lot at stake.

Construction company and hotel owners engage in contract disputes

In certain fields of work, such as construction, there are a multitude of scenarios in which a project may experience delays in completion. When forming a contract for a new construction project, companies in Florida and elsewhere generally agree to terms on how to handle such delays, as failing to do so can lead to intense contract disputes. A construction company in another state has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a hotel, claiming it is owed nearly $2 million.

Things to look out for prior to signing a noncompete agreement

Upon accepting an offer for employment, individuals in Florida and elsewhere may be asked to place their signatures on a variety documents before staring their new jobs. Regardless of the nature of the job they apply for, one of these documents could be a noncompete agreement that could prevent them from leaving to work for a competitor for a set period of time. Since these documents can be complex and subject to interpretation, gaining a clear understanding of the terms within prior to signing may be advisable.

Fidelity sues former broker for theft of trade secrets

Investment firms in Florida and elsewhere may provide services to a multitude of individuals on a daily basis. These companies generally place a great deal of importance on protecting the information of their clients, and they may choose to pursue legal recourse should they feel as though another party has misused proprietary information. Fidelity has filed a lawsuit against a former employee's investment firm after claiming that he stole valuable trade secrets upon leaving the company.

Lawsuit filed against restaurant chain accused of discrimination

Many businesses in Florida and elsewhere place a high priority on how customers view their products and services. Unfortunately in some cases, a company's desire to build a specific image could cause some to experience unfair treatment. A nationwide restaurant chain has reportedly reached a settlement in a recent discrimination lawsuit after numerous individuals claimed they were denied a chance at employment solely based on their age.

Google files breach of contract lawsuit against former engineer

Changing jobs can be a stressful and intimidating process, but in some cases, it can also be a necessary decision. However, when individuals in Florida decide to accept employment with another company, taking care with how the process is handled could be essential to preventing disputes, especially if one's new employer operates within a similar field. Google has reportedly filed a breach of contract lawsuit against a former engineer, accusing him of attempting to recruit other employees upon accepting a position with Uber.

Have zoning changes hindered your business?

As a business owner, you have undoubtedly dealt with your share of bureaucratic red tape. In fact, it may seem as if the state of Florida and its local governments exist to make life difficult. A prime example of this is zoning laws. Most people do not realize that zoning is what keeps governments from building prisons next to elementary schools.

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