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Nearby state appellate court rules in contract disputes case

Disagreements between California business partners are not uncommon. In fact, sometimes contract disputes occur before deals are actually finalized. Other times, parties who sign agreements may wind up in disputes if one or more of the parties believe someone has breached an agreement.

This is basically what happened between two pipeline giants, Enterprise Products Partners (EPP) and Energy Transfer Partners (ETP). In one recent federal lawsuit, after the trial court handed down a $535 million judgment against EPP, the company filed an appeal, and won. Some say many eyes were on this particular case as the results were to set a precedent regarding when a contract becomes legally binding in that state.

Understanding options regarding non-compete agreements

Employers typically have new hires execute contracts and critical documents right away to ensure the company gets protected under law. Modern contracts often include special policies on social media.

For example, your contract could limit employees' abilities to speak about your company on social media or even with mainstream media journalists. For many employers in California, non-compete agreements have long represented valuable means of protecting a company's trade secrets and other sensitive information. A non-compete agreement limits what business pursuits former employees can engage in.

Tidal music and Kanye West involved in contract disputes

Many music fans in California are familiar with the works of rappers like Kanye West and Jay-Z. Both men are co-founders of Tidal music streaming service, which offers subscribers high definition music videos, live concert streaming and other perks. Contract disputes have caused a divide in West's relationship with the company, however. In fact, his attorney recently sent a formal letter to Tidal announcing his departure.

According to West, Tidal owes him more than $3 million. His latest album was apparently such a big hit that it made him eligible for substantial bonuses. He said he has yet to receive the compensation to which he's entitled as per his agreement with the company.

Former college professor files employment litigation claim

Many California college professors understand the meaning of non-tenured work. Some have faced challenges regarding one-year contracts, such as a now former-professor in another state. Under such agreements, a college can decline to renew said contracts without giving explanation of their decisions to their employees. This has led some, including the man in another state, to believe administrators are using this as a loophole to prevent employees from gaining tenure, which may then lead to employment litigation.

In this particular situation, the man involved was on track for tenure when his employers suddenly declined to renew his contract. The former instructor says the college used trumped-up allegations of misconduct to sever his ties with the school. He apparently visited the Amazon during his course of employment, returning with dead insects for which he reportedly did not fill out the appropriate form as required by the U.S. government.

Civil official gets involved in contract disputes

A contentious situation has been ongoing in a state far east of California. Recently, the mayor of a particular city decided to get involved in current contract disputes by voicing his opinion in a public forum. He offered thoughts regarding a labor strike and how it might be affecting the community at large.

The disagreement began in March of this year when Charter Communications field technicians and engineers walked off their jobs. In fact, they have not yet returned to their duties since that time. Three main issues appear to be at the heart of the embittered contract disagreement, namely benefits, wages and disciplinary protocol.

Contract disputes taking all the fun out of kids' baseball season

Administrators of the Dixie Youth baseball league in a state far east of California are a tad upset with PepsiCo, the soft drink company.  The situation involves contract disputes between the two organizations. The peculiar thing about the disagreement is that the central focus is not really what's contained in the contract, but whether it even exists.

The baseball league and Pepsi supposedly signed a deal in 2012. Pepsi agreed to purchase scoreboards for the league, and in turn, the baseball league agreed to buy its products. At least, that's what Pepsi says, except no one can actually seem to find the written agreement the company claims exists.

Is a former employee claiming you discriminated due to age?

Ending someone's time working for your company can be tense. Many times, companies take careful steps to ensure it gets handled carefully, including having security escort the former employee out of the building. Most recently terminated employees are eager to collect what they need and leave. Sometimes, when an employee gets let go, it doesn't go as well. Occasionally, people will choose the moment of their termination to level accusations of discrimination against their former employer. When that happens, it can sometimes end up developing into a lawsuit against your company.

Having an experienced discrimination defense attorney representing your company can make a big difference. Are you dealing with a former employee who claims that his or her firing was the result of age discrimination? If so, then you need to seek the advice and advocacy of an experienced California discrimination defense attorney. Your attorney can review internal documentation, including previous written reports on the employee and records of other terminations. The right attorney can help establish to the courts that the termination was a matter of business or performance, not discrimination.

What do potholes and contract disputes have in common?

There's a certain section of sidewalk in a small town in a state beyond California that is proving quite difficult for pedestrians to navigate. The reason is that a construction project was begun on the sidewalk, but never finished. Believe it or not, contract disputes are the causal factor behind this peculiar situation.

Several months ago, construction workers were assigned to the sidewalk improvement project. However, sometime in January, all the workers walked off the job before it was completed. The pavement was left uneven, and various construction equipment and barriers were left on site as well.

Can business litigation be part of your path to success?

As a California business owner, you've likely risen to a challenge on more than one occasion. In fact, most business owners typically face various complications and complex issues that directly or indirectly affect their bottom line interests on a regular basis. Some issues, however, are more difficult to resolve than others. The question then becomes: Is business litigation the answer?

There's no doubt that some business-related problems are minor and can be resolved through amicable discussion and negotiation. Not so, however, for other types of situations, such as those having to do with unfair competition, trademark infringements or breach of contract problems. Such issues can quickly bring productivity and profit to a screeching halt.

Owner of Hannah the Pet Society involved in business litigation

People often name businesses after loved ones. That's what a man did when he started a pet business, caring for other people's animals. His company is called Hannah the Pet Society, and he charges a monthly fee for veterinary care and food when he obtains ownership of other people's pets. Recently, a situation has developed that has led to business litigation between Hannah the Pet Society's owner and the state outside California where the company has its roots.

A spokesman for the company said they have not been accused of any criminal wrongdoing. The state, however, has accused the company of unfair trade practices. In doing so, the state requested copies of certain documents after receiving word the company had euthanized several pets.

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