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Handling a product liability case

Businesses are taken to court for so many reasons but in this write-up, we will examine defective products and the consequences of a product liability case. Each year, some consumers are injured as a result of defective products and some of them decide to take legal action in order to secure compensation. Sometimes, these cases are valid, but there are also instances where people falsely claim that they were hurt by a particular product, which can also damage a business' reputation. If your company is being taken to court over allegations that one of your products is defective, it is crucial to handle the case appropriately.

Lawsuits involving wrongful termination

We have covered many different examples of business litigation cases and some involve employees. While discrimination and sexual harassment have been at the center of many business lawsuits, there are all sorts of other reasons why a business owner may be taken to court. For example, an employer may be accused of wrongful termination by a disgruntled worker who was recently let go. Sometimes, these allegations are valid, but there are also cases based on lies or details that have been greatly exaggerated. Our law office knows how difficult it can be to handle a wrongful termination suit, but it is important to realize how much may be at stake.

Closing your business due to litigation

We have covered many of the different legal issues that are related to business litigation, but some cases are so serious that they push a business owner to shut down. This highlights the importance of avoiding litigation, of course, but even the most cautious of business owners may find their company in court. Sometimes, those who run a business simply cannot recover from the financial impact of litigation as well as the damage to a firm's reputation.

Litigation involving a foreign company

There are many facets of business litigation that business owners come across, and we have covered many on our blog. It is important to remember that there are additional issues which can further complicate these cases, such as a lawsuit which involves a foreign company. If you are an Ohio business owner and have found yourself in the middle of a lawsuit with a company that is located outside of the U.S., it is important to know which options you have and move ahead in the most sensible direction, especially since these suits can be particularly complicated.

Litigation and your small business

Sometimes, when people hear the words "business litigation" they picture a large corporation or an incident involving a multinational that has received a lot of attention in the news. However, lawsuits targeting businesses can be problematic for small, family-owned businesses as well. If you run a small business, it is important to be aware of the different areas of concern regarding your business and identify the best course of action in the event that your business is taken to court. Some business owners do not think about litigation very much until they find themselves in this difficult position, but preventative measures are also important.

How many sexual harassment charges are filed per year?

Business owners may be very stressed out when an employee (or a group of employees) file a complaint over employee rights violations such as denied breaks or denied overtime. However, allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment can be especially concerning and these are issues that have created many problems for workers and companies alike in Ohio. Sexual harassment allegations can damage a business' good name and they can also bring other consequences, such as financial penalties. Moreover, victims of sexual harassment may also experience a number of setbacks, which highlights the importance of preventing unlawful behavior in the workplace.

When an employee takes legal action

We have covered some of the different reasons why business owners find themselves in court, from contract disputes to deceptive trade practices. However, there are many more reasons why you may find yourself in the courtroom. For example, a current or former employee may decide to file a lawsuit, claiming that the company they work for or used to be employed by is responsible for their suffering. From a slip-and-fall accident to allegations of discrimination or sexual harassment, there are many different allegations that can result in litigation. Moreover, the outcome of these cases can be incredibly damaging for businesses of all sizes, not only in terms of financial penalties but reputation and future business as well.

Litigation as a construction company owner

Lawsuits can create challenges for business owners in all industries, but litigation can be an especially tough blow to construction company owners. If you run a large construction company or a relatively small business, litigation may arise for any number of reasons. However, if the lawsuit is not handled correctly, it can be very damaging to your pocketbook and your business' reputation. Unfortunately, some construction company owners have been pushed out of business altogether because of the consequences of a lawsuit, which underlines how vital it is to understand all of your legal options in this position.

When is it illegal to know trade secrets?

You guard the secrets of your Ohio-based business fiercely, and those secrets are instrumental in the viability and profitability of your enterprise. So when someone gains access to your trade secrets, they could stand to profit off the time and labor you put into acquiring that knowledge and perfecting your strategy. That person may be a rival or an employee. But is it illegal for anyone to simply know information about your business?

How does use tax protect against unfair competition?

As a business owner, you may be familiar with both unfair competition and with use tax; unfair competition is when another business uses unscrupulous means to infringe on your business or otherwise gain an advantage, while use tax is an equivalent to sales tax to ensure used or stored items that were not taxed under Ohio sales tax law but are not exempt are appropriately taxed. But how do the two tie in to each other?

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