As an Ohio employer, you probably know that the state considers employees who are working without a contract or who aren't under a collective bargaining agreement to be "at-will" employees. That means that you can essentially fire them for almost any reason that isn't discriminatory. In turn, the employees don't owe you any particular duty to remain on the job -- which means they can decide to simply quit for any reason.
When starting a business in Ohio, there are a lot of decisions to make, and owners have many hats they need to wear. One thing to keep in mind is to set up a good employee culture from the beginning and to put steps into place to help prevent employees, clients or vendors from suing.
All business partners in Ohio run the risk of not getting along at some point. However, when family is involved in a business, the risk sometimes climbs higher. Mixing family with business means that people know each other’s deepest secrets and oldest wounds, making it easy to add fuel to the fire when things are at their worst.
According to personal finance company NerdWallet, Ohio was once the industrial heart of America. Since the turn of the second half of the 20th century, a lot has changed. Even so, the Buckeye State remains one of the best places to build a business. Whether an entrepreneur wants to build an empire that spreads across the nation or a humble mom and pop shop that supports a small community, Ohio is a suitable candidate.
New technology is sweeping through Ohio and the rest of the world called “deep fakes.” This involves the use of AI technology to create fake videos that make it appear as if people say or do things that they did not. Some people use this technology for harmless fun, but others have used it to harm businesses or spark political chaos. From impersonating President Obama to copying actors into films they never starred in, this technology has far-reaching implications.
If you believe that another party is infringing on your business trademark, you have the right to litigate the other party to seek damages. However, some trademarks may not be easy to protect due to their weak distinctiveness. For your trademark to be protected legally in Ohio, it needs to be crafted in a way that makes it easy to identify and hard to accidently duplicate or for another party to create a similar mark.
Generally speaking, business and commerce in Ohio may not be as cutthroat as in other big business states, such as New York and California. Even so, you may still find your business is the victim of unfair competitive practices that threaten your livelihood. To be clear, business competition is a good thing for consumers. It helps to compel businesses to find better and more innovative ways to deliver goods and services. However, there is a line some businesses cross that may be cause for business litigation.
When a worker is involved in an accident on the job, it can disrupt their life in different ways (taking time off, pain, immobility, mental trauma and so on). However, these accidents can also be damaging for business owners. For example, a business may lose one of their key employees, either temporarily or permanently. In some instances, an injured worker may even decide to take legal action following an accident. Sometimes, these lawsuits may involve exaggeration or certain details that have been misconstrued, and the consequences can be incredibly damaging for a business of any size.
At Baker Dublikar Beck Wiley & Mathews, we understand that your first business lawsuit in Ohio may be terrifying. You may have a lot of questions about what to do and how best to handle the situation to arrive at the most favorable outcome.
Businesses in Ohio fear litigation and with good reason. Business litigation can be expensive even when you win. From the time spent in court rooms to legal fees, it all adds up. However, what many businessowners do not see coming is the possibility of being sued by their own business partner.