Legal complications can arise for any business owner; even those who take reasonable precautions to avoid them. Owners may face contract disputes, allegations of employee rights' violations, and complications arising from complex business transactions.
Business owners and entrepreneurs face unique challenges when entering into a divorce. Any business that one or both spouses own, or in which they may have an interest, will come into play in a divorce case. There are three main areas in which treatment of a business in a divorce can be particularly important.
A music company in another state recently claimed that a rap artist breached its contract with the company by canceling a performance he was supposed to give at a festival organized by the company. The company has also accused the artist of fraud, claiming that the rap artist stole more than $200,000 from it. It has therefore filed a breach of contract lawsuit against the artist's business. Likewise, business owners who believe that they are victims of breach of contract in Massachusetts have the right to take legal action.
A shoe manufacturing company in another state, Vans, recently claimed that Target engaged in trademark infringement when it created its Wild Fable brand, which launched last fall. It has thus filed a lawsuit against the department store company. Likewise, any business in Massachusetts that believes it is a victim of trademark infringement can seek damages through the business litigation process.
A company responsible for collecting artists' and songwriters' royalties recently decided to sue 12 establishments in various states, including one in Massachusetts, for copyright infringement. According to the company that initiated the business litigation, the establishments were playing the artists' music without paying the artists. Any business owner in Massachusetts who feels that he or she is a victim of copyright infringement can likewise seek justice through the civil court system.
A company in another state recently claimed that Dick's Sporting Goods abruptly stopped its sale of certain weapons. In addition, the sporting goods store reportedly refused to accept the company's ammunition deliveries despite having ordered them. As a result, the company has decided to file a breach of contract claim against Dick's. Likewise, companies in Massachusetts that feel that they have been negatively impacted by a breach of contract can seek justice through the civil court system.
One of a company's worst nightmares is to be accused of discriminating against an employee. Not only can this take a toll on your company's reputation, but it can also impact your bottom line if the employee sues you. Here are five ways you can plan ahead to avoid discrimination and harassment lawsuits in Massachusetts.
Losing a loved one can understandably be difficult to deal with emotionally. However, dealing with the estate that the individual left behind -- especially if it is a large one -- can be just as challenging. An attorney in Massachusetts can help you to effectively deal with the delays and issues that are common when dealing with probate on large estates.
Your business property is highly valuable from both a personal and a financial standpoint. Naturally, you would feel violated if the government threatened to take your property, and you may wonder whether you could use business litigation to fight this threat. Here is a look at what your rights are regarding eminent domain in Massachusetts.
One of the worst things that can happen to you as a Massachusetts business owner is to watch a destructive event occur on your property. Unfortunately, theft, an accident or a fire can occur at any time, in which case you can file a claim with your insurance company. Here is a glimpse at how to go about the claims process and what your options are -- for example, business litigation -- should you encounter issues during this process.