When operating a business, you must be aware of the potential for business litigation or legal disputes between your business and other parties. The business litigation lawyers at Kramer Green can help you work to resolve these disputes in the most efficient manner possible, whether through negotiations, alternative dispute resolution, or formal court proceedings. We are here to represent your interests in any legal disputes in which your business becomes involved.
Businesses may become involved in various types of litigation, but some business-related legal disputes occur more frequently than others. Here are some of the most common types of litigation that you may encounter as you operate your business.
Breach of Contract
When you are running a business, contracts are involved in almost every aspect of your daily operations. As a result, breach of contract is one of the most common types of business litigation that you may encounter. For example, a business often enters contracts to obtain goods or services or to provide others with goods or services. In addition, purchasing or renting real estate and other necessary actions to operate your business also involve contracts.
Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned. Disputes may arise with suppliers and service providers. Customers may be dissatisfied with the products or services that you have provided. The owner of the building you are renting to house your business may refuse to make needed repairs or may default on your lease agreement. All these situations can lead to business litigation.
Any business that employs others has a risk of encountering employment-related business disputes. Some of the most common types of business litigation that involve employment issues include:
- Breach of employment contracts;
- Breach of non-compete or non-disclosure agreements;
- Unemployment compensation and wrongful termination disputes;
- Unlawful discrimination or harassment claims;
- Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) violations; and
- Violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and other federal laws protecting workers.
Some of these claims may initially involve complaints before federal or state administrative agencies, such as the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) or the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), before they proceed to litigation. As a result, businesses need to be aware of the different types of employment disputes and how to respond properly.
Breach of Fiduciary Duty
A person owes a fiduciary duty to another party when they have a legal obligation to act in good faith and in the best interests of that party. Fiduciary duties exist in various contexts in a business. For instance, corporate officers owe fiduciary duties to the shareholders of the corporation. Employees owe fiduciary duties to their employers. Likewise, business partners owe fiduciary duties to one another.
A breach of fiduciary duty can occur when a person engages in certain activities, such as fraud or other illegal activities, misuse of funds, self-dealing, failing to disclose material facts, or engaging in actions that constitute prohibited conflicts of interests. When a breach of fiduciary duty occurs, business litigation can occur.
We Can Help You Protect Your Business
The business litigation attorneys of Kramer, Green, Zuckerman, Greene & Buchsbaum, P.A. have the skills and knowledge necessary to assist you throughout any type of business litigation that you might encounter. We know how important your business is to you, and we take all actions needed to help you protect it.
Together, we can work to resolve business-related legal disputes as they arise. We also can take steps to decrease the risk of litigation for your business. Call our office today at (954) 966-2112 or reach out to us online to set up an appointment and learn more about the legal services that we can offer you.