Category Archives: Business Litigation News

Business litigation can involve noncompetes and restrictive covenants, breach of contract disputes, and issues of discrimination. An NJ business law attorney can assist employers and employees alike in business litigation cases.

When Do I Need a Business Attorney?

Hiring a business lawyer is often compared to going to the doctor; while many of us really, really don’t want to go to the doctor, it’s usually a good thing when we do, and it’s almost never as scary as we thought it would be. Why Do I Need a Business Attorney? If you’re debating whether or not to hire a business lawyer, consider the following points: A business lawyer can help you make smart legal decisions. Zoning issues, copyright problems and employment law mishaps are all very complicated and can have dramatic consequences. An attorney will help you to avoid potential lawsuits and other issues, while navigating you toward success. If you’re being sued by someone, you’re already way behind. I wouldn’t say it’s too late to hire a lawyer, but once you’ve been served a summons, the ball is rolling. An attorney may have been able to put…
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What Should I Do If an Employee Gets Arrested?

Some of the most successful businesses owners in the world often say that one of the best practices is to treat employees like you would family. So, what would you do if your brother, or child, or mother was arrested? Would you still treat an employee like family if you awoke one morning to find out they had been arrested last night? What to Do if an Employee Gets Arrested Stay Calm – One of the most dangerous things you can do as a business owner is to start making rash decisions. Before you immediately go to fire the employee, remember that this is America, and in America, people are innocent until proven guilty. Also, firing them on the spot could potentially be a violation of employment law, which could easily turn into a huge, expensive lawsuit down the road. Gather All Information – No federal law exists which prohibits…
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These 5 Mistakes Can Lead to Serious Business Law Violations

It’s totally acceptable, and understandably common, for small businesses to make mistakes from time to time. There are some mistakes, however, which could constitute business law violations and result in hefty penalties. The best way to avoid these sort of costly mistakes is to know what to look for. Below, we’ve summarized some of the most common holes small business owners sometimes dig themselves into. 5 Common Mistakes Made by Business Owners Vague Employment Handbook and Policies – Your employee handbook and all company policies should be made very clear from the very beginning. In every business there will come a day when you upset a former employee and they go looking for loopholes in your company policy to use against you in court. Make sure your policies are clear and comprehensive in order to avoid employment law Poor Recordkeeping – Losing a document in your personal life can be…
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What Are Some of the Most Common Legal Issues Business Owners Face?

There is an innumerable amount of legal issues in business that may require the touch of a qualified business attorney, but there are definitely some that come up more often than others. Maybe simply knowing the most common legal issues business owners face will help you, the small business owner, to avoid making the same mistakes. 5 Most Common Legal Problems That Come Up in Business Discrimination – Employment discrimination occurs when you make any sort of employment decision such as hiring, firing, promoting, etc. on the basis of a person’s race, sex, national origin, or any other protected class. There are some circumstances where you may find yourself on the wrong end of a workplace discrimination lawsuit, even if you were not acting intentionally. Patent/Copyright – Companies that rely on invention and innovation can easily find themselves in a battle over copyright and patent issues. It’s not uncommon for…
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What Can I Do If My Clients Aren’t Paying Their Bill?

It is not entirely uncommon for clients to feel like they do not have to pay independent contractors in a timely manner, or at all in some cases. Unfortunately, there is no governmental agency dedicated towards helping small business owners and independent contractors collect the payments that clients owe them. If clients aren’t paying their bill, it is completely up to the contractor or business owner to do whatever needs to be done to get payment. Even more unfortunate is that some clients are totally aware that collecting payment can be especially difficult for independent contractors, and they will use that knowledge to their advantage. Some clients will try every excuse, scheme, lie, or manipulation to get out of paying you for a completed project. How to Demand Payment from a Client There are a few keys to getting paid as an independent contractor. Hopefully, the client is just late…
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