An errant text message or two is all it takes for your business to end up in court. A Tennessee resident has filed a federal lawsuit over unsolicited text messages he received from Florida's largest distributor of medical marijuana.
Business disputes happen. You and a contractor may disagree on who is responsible for a project's failure. You may have to sue a client or distributor over a broken contract.
It generally isn't illegal for an employee or former employee to criticize a business, but defamation by a disgruntled employee is another story.
Competition laws, or antitrust regulations, are designed to protect consumers against predatory business habits. They're intended to help make sure that the open market remains competitive and help prevent monopolies. In turn, that helps protect consumers against artificially inflated prices and overly limited supplies.
With the addition of Florida, at least 48 states have joined together to investigate allegations of possible antitrust violations by Google. The tech industry giant has come under congressional scrutiny lately for the way that its platform manages public and private data.
Here's the saddest truth about embezzlement: It's more likely to happen among a small, tight-knit company than it is in a big corporation.
When a real estate investment deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
In the business world, your reputation is everything. Whether you provide goods or services, you know that damage to your reputation can seriously hurt your bottom line.
Embezzlement is usually a crime of opportunity and hubris combined. Most embezzlers hold positions of implicit trust inside their companies that make it easy for them to take money without anyone noticing (for a while). That's why your first reaction, once you realize that an employee or business partner has embezzled from the firm, may be shock and horror. After all, you trusted this person!
You've probably heard of malicious prosecution in terms of criminal cases and prosecutorial overreach, but did you know that malicious prosecution can also happen in civil claims? They can -- and when they do, they can be very destructive to your life and business.