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Don't let contract disputes hurt your California business

Contracts are integral components to many business transactions, from employment to sales and/or all types of service. Contract disputes, on the other hand, involve problematic situations that can develop any time, sometimes bringing productivity and profitability to a near halt. Most California business owners understand the desire to settle disagreements in as swift and agreeable a manner as possible.

Contracts are highly customizable; therefore, no two are exactly the same. Contract-related disputes, however, may be similar even if terminology contained within an agreement is unique. Some of the most common types of disputes include consumer agreements, non-compete clauses and project-related issues.

Contract disputes have been raging for 2 years

Teachers in California can likely relate to a contentious situation that's been brewing in another state for two years. Contract disputes between a school system and a teachers' association has no apparent end in site although ultimatums have been issued. Currently, both sides have been given dates where they must present final offers.

It appears the state will be getting involved as a fact-finding process is set to get underway wherein the offers of both sides will be reviewed; then, one will be chosen by a state mediator. The situation began in 2015 when negotiations between the teachers' union and the school system began. That first round of negotiations ended with teachers filing an unfair labor practice claim against the school system.

Why closing up shop is harder than it seems

Your firm has faithfully served your business clients for years, but now due to changing market conditions it is time to close operations. While it might seem that just hanging up the "closed" sign and cutting the final checks is all there is to do, the reality is that shutting down operations can be as complicated as starting up.

Jury duty led to one man's employment litigation

In California and all other states, those summoned for jury duty may have to miss work. It's par for the course insofar as civic duties are concerned, and most employers are used to granting days off when workers receive their selection notices in the mail. For one man, however, the experience did not play out quite like he thought it would.  After fulfilling his civic duty, he was fired from his job and has since commenced employment litigation against his former employer.

In fact, he says he was fired from his job because when he reported for jury duty, he had to take time off work. The auto company for which he was formerly employed claims to have terminated him from his position because of poor performance. The man says that is not the real reason. 

Even in baseball, it's important to get it in writing  

A bitter dispute between two former friends seems to be taking a rather nasty turn as it reaches its third year in federal court. Brendan V. Sullivan III and Robert Elwood are currently fighting over ownership of one of the most profitable youth sports camps in the country: Headfirst Camps.

Facebook involved in rift over Rift, business litigation ongoing

Most people in California and throughout the nation are familiar with Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. What many might not know, however, is that a jury recently ruled against Facebook during business litigation involving Oculus, a company Facebook purchased in 2014. The company doing the suing was ZeniMax, which accused a former employee of stealing technology codes then using them to develop Oculus products after no longer working at ZeniMax.

The jury reportedly said Facebook must pay $500 million in damages for the economic injuries ZeniMax suffered in the situation. Zuckerberg took the stand at one point, and he said he was completely unaware that there was a dispute going on between Oculus and ZeniMax. Palmer Luckey, the former ZeniMax/Oculus employee, said he did not steal any technology codes or information at any time.

Employment litigation may be needed if disputes remain unresolved

Employment and labor laws can be quite complex and are often subject to change. Many California workers know what it's like to be wrongfully terminated or discover improper deductions from their paychecks. Such issues often lead to disagreements that, when involved parties are unable to resolve, lead to employment litigation.

State and federal mandates often impose significant costs on employers. This does not, however, justify using unfair means to cover those costs. Although the litigation process can be challenging and stressful, many workers determine it necessary to obtain fair and agreeable solutions to employment-related problems. From breach of contract issues to wage and benefits disputes, a worker may feel overwhelmed trying to rectify a particular situation unless outside intervention is sought.

Contract disputes raging between Bristlecone and Verizon FiOS

California residents, like others throughout the nation, often relax by watching their favorite television programs. Many would be frustrated if they tried to tune in to their usual viewing stations, only to learn those stations have been pulled from their channel provider's lineup. Contract disputes between Bristlecone Broadcasting and FiOS TV have created just such a situation.

Verizon FiOS customers were informed that their channels were being pulled despite efforts to obtain a fair and reasonable solution to the current contract problems. A previous contract between the two companies expired on the last day of December 2016. According to Verizon FiOS, the broadcasting company is trying to bully them into paying higher fees.

New developments in contract disputes between deputies and county

A county outside California has been engaged in a contentious battle with a local police officers' union for the past several years. Headway was recently made in the contract disputes. In fact, after recent developments, the union reportedly withdrew two of its grievances.

The situation initially unfolded in 2012 when 11 road patrol deputies were laid off from their positions.  Deputies at the time were allegedly upset that two officers (one who worked in courthouse security, the other in transportation) were not included in proposed wage packages when a new contract was being negotiated. The issue apparently pertained to a job status change listing the employees under the Police Association of Michigan rather than the Governmental Employees Labor Council as they had previously been categorized.

Woman says court's ruling on regulatory compliance issue not good

Many California townspeople are familiar with food vending trucks that frequent fairgrounds and cities nationwide. Food vendors often face regulatory compliance issues that affect the way they conduct business. A recent court case in another state has left one woman quite unhappy. She says she plans to appeal the court's decision because it is ruining her food truck business.

The food truck owner has been engaged in a 4-year long battle in the city where she works. Many truck vendors have voiced their agreement to her opinion that regulations passed in 2012 have gravely affected food vending sales. In fact, many truck vendors have apparently been unable to stay in business because of the regulations.

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