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Jury awards $940 million in trade secret dispute

In any legal dispute, a reasonable, satisfactory settlement can be reached before the case goes to court. Working out a settlement can be possible with legal guidance, support and considerable negotiations, which is often preferable for business owners and individuals who want to avoid expense and time associated with courtroom litigation.

However, this is not always possible and ultimately, the resolution for a business dispute can be left in the hands of a judge and jury. That appears to be the situation in a case that has resulted one of the most expensive verdicts for a trade secret dispute in history.

Being prepared can resolve a commercial dispute before it starts

Business transactions happen every single day across Orlando. Whether these transactions involve customers, clients, partners or employees, it is crucial that business owners are prepared for the exchanges. However, because these transactions can be so routine, it is easy to assume that they will all play out the same way.

This can cause some business owners to get caught off guard and wind up facing a problematic transaction they are not capable of dealing with. While it is certainly an option to address these situations as they arise, there are ways to prevent them from ever coming up.

Companies battling over the logistics of employee contracts

Employee contracts are a critical tool that companies and workers alike depend on to protect themselves and the relationships between them. Should someone violate this contract, a serious legal dispute can arise.

For example, if an employee agrees to a non-compete clause in a contract, he or she will typically be limited in the employment options that can be pursued if they leave their job. This is one way that businesses can protect sensitive information and competitive information and keep it out of the hands of other companies. If a company or person violates this agreement, serious legal repercussions can follow.

Filing a lawsuit if defective construction leads to mold

Every building comes with its share of problems; some develop over time while others should be addressed and resolved while a building is being built or renovated. If problems aren't addressed as soon as they are discovered, they can compromise the building's structure and even make people inside that building sick.

That can be the case when defective construction and/or inadequate building materials contribute to mold growth. This can happen in any structure when water gets into places and is not removed. Over time, that moisture can become a haven for fungal growth, which, when left untreated, can cause serious health problems.

Lawsuit filed in Florida disputing inventor of Post-it Notes

We have discussed on this blog the many different reasons why it can be so crucial for companies to protect ownership of creations and inventions. These are often the backbone for businesses, driving sales and establishing a company's brand and reputation.

When these works are claimed or used by other parties without permission, it can lead to contentious and costly legal battles. This is the situation in which the 3M Company and a Florida inventor are currently involved. The dispute centers on who is named as the inventor of Post-it Notes.

What options do I have if a seller backs out of a contract?

Buying a house can be an incredibly significant experience, whether it is your first home or your tenth home. The decision to buy is not one that most people make lightly, considering the amount of time, money and energy is involved. So when you put an offer on a house and it's accepted, you will likely feel relieved and excited.

However, these feelings can turn to frustration and anger if the seller indicates he or she would like to back out of the contract after accepting your offer. In these situations, you will want to understand your legal options for keeping the house or seeking damages.

Code violations can put a construction project in jeopardy

Building or renovating residential space can be much more complicated than people initially realize. Unexpected costs drive up expenses, delays lead to more carrying costs and problems with contractors or builders create tension and disputes that people would like to avoid.

In the midst of all these concerns, builders also need to stay focused on the integrity of the project and ensure that details are not overlooked and shortcuts are not being taken. When and if this happens, they can be cited for code violations. Unfortunately, this can happen more often than you think. In fact, a survey revealed that a code violation was identified in 45 percent of residential field inspections. In this post, we will explore some of the most common violations in an effort to help builders be aware of them and hopefully avoid them.

Company's litigious history: aggressive or overzealous?

Protecting a company's intellectual property can be complicated and intensive. These are materials that, when properly protected, are not to be used or copied by any other party without permission. If and when this happens, the owner of the protected creation has the right to intervene and put a stop to the unlawful use.

Sometimes all that is necessary is a letter informing the party that it is using protected works and must stop. In other cases, companies take a more aggressive approach and threaten to -- and actually do -- take legal action. But there is a difference between being aggressive and being overzealous. Let's look at an example using Monster Beverage.

What factors can make a contract unenforceable?

Entering into any contractual agreement is a decision that should not be made lightly. You should first make sure that you understand what you are being asked to sign, know your options for negotiating changes and be sure that it is an enforceable document. 

Unfortunately, too many people overlook this last part and they learn the hard way that a contract -- or a part of the contract -- is invalid. In this post, we will examine three elements to look out for when signing a contract to make sure it is valid.

Tenants, landlord disagree on definition of 'excessive' noise

Real estate is a complicated, dynamic industry that just about everyone has some familiarity with as a tenant, landlord, property owner or real estate professional. People across Orlando generally understand that there are leases, contracts or purchase agreements that must be complied with or there can be consequences.

However, not everyone agrees when it comes to interpreting certain aspects of these documents and it can be difficult for two sides to see eye-to-eye, which can lead to a legal dispute.

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