When starting a business, individuals hope to focus on productivity and the overall success of their endeavor. Very few consider the implications if the business was to get sued. As businesses grow, they are often more susceptible to lawsuits, both valid and superfluous. A business can be sued for a variety of reasons, including employment litigation, contract disputes, wage and hour disputes, whistleblower retaliation claims, unfair competition and trademark infractions. When a business owner grows a company, it is important to consider the litigation the business may face. Cohn Lifland is also available to assist our clients that need to assert their valid claims against other parties. In order to protect themselves, business owners should contact a firm for legal advice and effective representation of their interests in court, if necessary. If you need quality legal services regarding business litigation matters, contact Cohn Lifland today.
Businesses Facing Litigation
If your business gets sued, you should take action. You should preserve all important documents related to the legal matter. Once you have collected the relevant documents, contact an attorney with litigation experience. There are certain time constraints that must be met. You will have to respond. If you don’t respond within the court’s time limitations, you might suffer additional damages. Retaining the services of an attorney is in your best interests because he or she will be able to advise you on your rights and how best to respond to the lawsuit.
Examples of Business Litigation Matters
Employment litigation – An employer is legally obligated to offer employees a business environment free of harassment and discrimination, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EEOC and New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD). Employers are not allowed to treat a job applicant or employee differently because of a protected class, including race, sex, religion, disability, pregnancy or sexual orientation, to name a few. When a job applicant or employee feels harassed or discriminated against, the LAD and the EEOC offer the legal means to hold offenders accountable for their actions. In addition, for those who are acted against for exercising their civil rights, retaliation claims can be litigated in court. This also includes those who engage in whistleblower activities and wage and hour law disputes.
Business torts – There are many business torts that can impact a business. Small and large businesses suffer losses due to the action or inaction of others. Business torts include breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and shareholder disputes, to name a few. If an employee has breached a restrictive covenant, your business can be in danger. If you need to litigate a matter that protects your business from business torts or face a lawsuit, you should contact an attorney immediately.
Unfair competition – Businesses in competitive industries sometimes feel compelled to act illegally to gain an advantage. Unfair competition can include false advertising, the selling of counterfeit goods, misappropriation of trade secrets and various types of slander. When a business faces this type of litigation, its bottom line is at risk. If you are up against a business that has acted unlawfully in order to gain an advantage over your business, you should act quickly. If you are facing a lawsuit regarding unfair competition, contact an attorney immediately.
Intellectual property and trademark litigation – When a company infringes on copyright laws in order to usurp a business’s success, it is breaking the law. Intellectual property may be paramount to one’s success. A trademark can help clients know that they are receiving the services of the right company. In many instances, when intellectual property and trademark laws are broken, businesses will go to court. If you believe that your competitor has illegally obtained intellectual property or is using a trademark unlawfully, contact an attorney to protect your interests. If you face a lawsuit because of any accusation of intellectual property and trademark law matters, consult a Cohn Lifland attorney.
Contact Cohn Lifland
For over 90 years, Cohn Lifland has been providing excellent services to businesses of all kinds. This is a litigation firm. If you get sued or need to sue somebody in order to collect damages or enforce a contract, we are here to serve you. If you need help with any business litigation matter, Cohn Lifland is the firm for you. Our attorneys are here to review your case and effectively represent your interest. If you need our services, contact us today.