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The consequences of business litigation

If you are a business owner, you may have to go through a number of stressful experiences. However, going to court may be among the most difficult. At Pentiuk, Couvreur & Kobiljak, P.C., our law firm knows how upsetting lawsuits can be for businesses of various sizes and we are also aware of the long-term impact litigation can have. Because of the serious nature of business litigation, you need to carefully approach your case if your business has been sued.

With regard to business lawsuits, many people are aware of the possible financial repercussions of a lawsuit. However, litigation can reach beyond court-imposed financial penalties. In fact, litigation can damage a business' reputation significantly, which can hamper growth and prevent customers from coming back. In some cases, the aftermath of a business lawsuit can be so severe that it prompts a business owner to make the tough decision to close.

What are some guidelines to remember when drafting a contract?

If you are drafting a business contract, you may have diverse questions and concerns. If so, it is vital to find answers to your questions and carefully review the ins and outs of business contracts before the agreement is finalized. Whether you conduct, or plan to conduct, business in Detroit, Chicago, or another city in the U.S., it is vital to make sure that your rights are protected. When drafting business contracts, you should try to avoid any mistakes that could spell disaster and lead to serious complications later on.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are a number of key elements that should be included when drafting a business contract. For starters, you should clearly lay out what is to be exchanged, whether that is services, cash or goods. In order for the contract to be considered valid, each party must be in agreement about any offers that have been made and accepted.

Detroit auto manufacturer faces lawsuit

When it comes to business lawsuits, all sorts of accusations can arise, wreaking havoc for the companies facing allegations. Regrettably, some of these lawsuits are based on allegations that are false altogether, while others involve certain details that have been blown way out of proportion. In Detroit, and in other cities around the state of Michigan, business owners who have been targeted with a lawsuit should waste no time in reviewing their options.

An auto manufacturer based in Detroit is facing a lawsuit over allegations that they are producing trucks which do not comply with the nitrogen oxide limit. In fact, the suit claims that these trucks are releasing nitrogen oxide at a rate that is two to five times greater than the amount allowed by law. Moreover, the suit accuses the company of rigging engines on these trucks in order to get by emissions tests mandated by the government.

Settlement reached over Chicago airplane incident

Recently, a considerable amount of attention has been given to an incident involving an airplane passenger who was forcibly removed from a flight. This incident may have been very damaging for the airline company due to the negative press, but it is important to remember that even less popular disputes can significantly damage a business. In fact, for a smaller company in Detroit or Chicago, even a relatively minor issue could spell disaster. As a result, companies should focus on handling business litigation.

An airline company that recently took heat for a passenger being forcibly removed from an airplane recently settled with the man, according to a statement that was released by the company. The settlement amount was not disclosed by the airline company or attorneys representing the man who was pulled off of the plane.

Understanding business formation: What is an L3C?

One of the most important decisions that a prospective business owner will have to make before opening their doors is selecting a legal structure for their business. In other words, a choice will need to be made as to whether the enterprise should organize as a corporation, limited liability company, partnership, sole proprietorship, or other entity.

There are, of course, many factors that a prospective business owner will need to consider when making this determination, including income taxes, investment needs and, most significantly, potential risks and liability.

Detroit area restaurant dealing with lawsuit

Those who own a business in any type of industry may encounter a plethora of challenges. Some disputes may involve customers, while others may involve a neighboring business or competitor. In Detroit, or any other U.S. city, handling these disagreements correctly can mean the difference between successfully moving on or shelling out thousands or even millions of dollars. In some cases, business owners have no choice but to close.

A chain restaurant located in the Detroit area is dealing with a lawsuit that was initially filed by a Rochester mattress store owner in 2014. The man filing the lawsuit claims that his mattress store, which has since closed, was severely damaged as a result of the restaurant's leaky water heater. A legal professional representing the mattress store owner said that the matter involves $65,000 that he is not looking for millions of dollars.

Airline company could face legal action

In the digital age, the nature of business lawsuits and disagreements with customers has changed considerably. Now, when someone has problems with a company, they may record the incident and spread it across social media, which can be very damaging for business. To make matters worse, companies in Chicago, Detroit and all other American cities may be painted in an unfair light.

A 69-year-old man who recently gained national attention for being forcibly removed from a plane appears to have made moves that indicate he is going to take legal action. A report says that the man has asked the city of Chicago to retain all reports, audio and other recordings from the flight. Moreover, he also turned to Cook County Court looiking for an order to be issued against the airline company.

Club outside of Chicago sued

From contract disputes to allegations of discrimination, this blog has dicussed many of the challenges that business owners face. In Chicago, Detroit and elsewhere in the Midwest, businesses may be targeted by lawsuits for countless other reasons, some of which are completely out of the business owners' control. For example, a business owner may have to go to court after an altercation or fire breaks out, among many other reasons.

A night club near Chicago is in the middle of a lawsuit over a shooting that occurred during 2015. In the lawsuit, the owner of the club is accused of having knowledge about the dangerous nature of the business, which include customers who have ties to gangs, and failing to take preventative measures. The lawsuit also alleges that the night club owner did not provide adequate security.

Detroit lender facing federal lawsuit

Business owners may end up in the court room for any number of reasons, such as fraud, copyright infringement and breach of contract. For companies that have to head to court over allegations of fraud or any other offense in Detroit, it is essential to take a close look at the details of the case. After all, the outcome of a lawsuit targeting a business can have significant consequences.

In Detroit, a U.S. district judge recently ruled that the Justice Department can go after a mortgage lender based in Detroit over allegations of fraud. The Justice Department accuses the lender of fraud between 2007 and 2011. However, the judge said that the Justice Department will only be able to pursue recovery for claims that were dated on April 23, 2009, or later, due to the statute of limitations.

Contract dispute leads to strike in Illinois

For large corporations, small businesses and government agencies, contract disputes can result in a plethora of challenges. In some cases, disputes over a contract may prompt workers to go on strike, which may have a negative impact on business. Furthermore, contract disputes in Chicago and elsewhere in the state of Illinois may lead to steep financial penalties that have lasting consequences. As a result, it is essential for those involved in a contract dispute to carefully assess their options.

In Illinois, workers recently went on strike over a contract dispute, which could have a major effect on state government. For nearly two years since the previous contract expired, the General Assembly has been involved in a standoff with the governor over the state's budget. The governor of the state wishes to freeze wages and increase the number of hours state employees work.


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