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March 2015 Archives

Florida developer awarded damages in lawsuit with former partners

In order to get things accomplished, business people in Florida often must form mutually beneficial partnerships. Unfortunately, if serious business disputes arise, then partners can become adversaries.

How do I know if I am being defamed by competitor?s add?

Successful businesses are built by hard work. It is also important to secure and maintain customer patronage. When you have played by the rules, you have every reason to expect you can achieve your goals in the marketplace. But your opportunities can be unfairly diminished if a competitor chooses to undermine your efforts by defaming you or your company. One way competitors may attempt to interfere with your business is by putting false or libelous claims in their advertising.But what could constitute unfair advertising? It is perfectly acceptable for one company to mention another company in its advertising. But whatever statements are made must be factually accurate. For instance, let's say that you are a Realtor who handles properties strictly in Miami-Dade County. If your competitor sells homes in Miami-Dade plus other counties, it is permissible for them to point out this contrast in their advertisements.However, the competitor cannot cast aspersions on your business by claiming that you and your sales staff engage in deceptive or high pressure sales tactics. If you become the target of such malicious claims, you may have grounds for a lawsuit based on federal or state laws.It is imperative that you maintain your good name if you want your business to remain competitive. You simply cannot afford to allow a competitor to besmirch your enterprise by making false claims in advertising. You could suffer a profound economic loss should the reputation of your company be badly and unfairly damaged.

Having a contract notarized can offer legal advantages

In a perfect world, people who plan to work together would need no more than a handshake to secure a mutually beneficial situation. However, our world is far from perfect and contracts are essential for doing business. But no matter how thoroughly parties may prepare the terms of an agreement, disputes can still occur.

Proposed bill may complicate filing construction defects suits in Florida

Having a new house built in Florida takes time, effort and money. When all the work is completed, you should have the home that you planned for. Sadly, sometimes homeowners discover construction defects in their newly completed homes. When this happens, there are different options available to have the issues corrected. One possible option is to take those parties responsible to court.