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Business litigation, other legal action can stem from worker ire

Workers are often what keep Florida businesses up and running. As a result, company owners often bring in outside help and create contracts so that everyone involved understands his or her particular role. Still, some workers may feel that they are not classified correctly, like when considered independent contractors, and business litigation could result.

While many people know that Uber is a growing and successful company, they may not know that the business has been locked in a dispute with its drivers for six years. In 2013, two individuals filed suit against the company for classifying its drivers as independent contractors. They claimed that the classification was just a way for Uber to get out of paying minimum wage or providing benefits. The suit also gained class action status.

Seinfeld involved in business litigation with classic car dealer

When accusations come against a business, it is wise for the company to handle the situation in the best manner possible. After all, accusations of wrongdoing could immensely damage a company's reputation and overall business operations. When the situation is serious, business litigation could result, especially if a displeased individual files a legal claim.

Florida readers may be interested in a lawsuit involving comedian Jerry Seinfeld and an out-of-state classic car dealer. Apparently, Seinfeld had purchased a 1958 Porsche from the company in 2013 and then sold the vehicle for $1.5 million in 2016 to another company. However, the company that bought his vehicle claims that it is not an authentic Porsche. As a result, the company sued Seinfeld for selling a fake vehicle. Seinfeld stated that he was relying on the certificate of authenticity that he received from the first company.

Being resourceful is an important part of business formation

Having dreams of being an entrepreneur is admirable. These dreams can drive a person to take important steps toward reaching the desired goals, but business formation and eventual success can be difficult to achieve. However, that does not mean that Florida residents should give up on their dreams.

Most entrepreneurs start their business journeys with the understanding that they will be long and difficult. In particular, they may feel that these difficulties will stem from a lack of resources, which is understandable. Of course, a lack of available resources does not mean that entrepreneurs cannot be resourceful. In fact, being resourceful can often help individuals and startups work with the limitations that they have and still achieve their goals. Certainly, this involves making hard choices and sacrifices, but it is not impossible.

MoviePass facing business litigation over bait-and-switch claims

Any type of lawsuit is a serious matter. In some cases, business owners may need to file suits in order to address issues that are harming their companies, and in other cases, those owners may need to defend their companies when others have brought claims against them. Commonly, business litigation allows for the parties involved to provide their arguments for certain outcomes.

Florida readers may be interested in a lawsuit that was recently filed against a movie-ticket subscription service by two users. Apparently, the service allows interested parties to pay a subscription fee that allows them to watch any movie once a day in any theater. The individuals involved in the lawsuit stated that they each paid $105.35 for a yearly subscription to the service, but over the course of 10 months, they had only been able to see three movies.

Ben & Jerry's faces business litigation over environmental claims

Business owners have many obligations to attend to while running their companies. Often, they have to deal with issues and keep potential problems under control in order to make sure their operations run smoothly. Of course, they may not be able to address every possible issue before someone takes legal action against their companies and business litigation results.

Florida readers may be interested in a current lawsuit taking place in another state involving ice cream company Ben & Jerry's. The original lawsuit was filed in July of last year by the Organic Consumers Association. The association claims that the parent company of Ben & Jerry's, Unilever, has made misleading advertisements regarding the company's commitment to environmental and animal welfare standards. They claim that the milk the company uses does not meet standards for animal care and that lake pollution is stemming from farms where the company gets supplies.

Beyonce's company facing business litigation over ADA violations

Running a Florida business comes with many risks. Even when people or companies have garnered a considerable amount of success, they can still face the possibility of claims against their businesses for wrongdoing and may even be more susceptible to such claims due to their significant followings. Claims may even lead to business litigation that company owners and operators need to address.

It was recently reported that a lawsuit was filed against an entertainment company owned by Beyonce Knowles, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Specifically, the lawsuit claims that the company's website is not accessible to blind and visually impaired people. The claim indicates that the site does not allow blind fans to gain information from the website or to even buy tickets or merchandise.

During business formation, consultants may want to start small

When starting a business, it is unlikely that individuals will seek immediate success. Certainly, small successes can be achieved early on, but it typically takes a considerable amount of time for a company to thrive and grow into a powerhouse business. As a result, Florida residents who are interested in starting their own consulting companies may need to utilize a smaller business entity during business formation.

Deciding on the right type of business structure is an important step. Though acting as a consultant can prove lucrative, most individuals start out small. Therefore, it may be wise to consider creating a sole proprietorship or a limited liability company. These entities are similar, but an LLC allows business owners to have less personal liability than sole proprietorships.

Supplier seeks millions in unpaid bills in business litigation

Business relationships do not always stay positive. For many reasons, companies may find themselves at odds and need to resolve serious issues. While some companies can work together to reach resolutions, some cases may present the need for business litigation, especially if one side is being unreasonable.

Florida readers may be interested in a lawsuit involving a clothing supplier and LulaRoe, a marketing company that sells women's clothing. Reports stated that the supplier has filed the suit, claiming that LulaRoe has failed to pay the supplier for the last seven months. This lack of payment has reportedly resulted in the supplier seeking $49 million in the lawsuit. The supplier reportedly contacted one of the company's founders about the unpaid bills, but he allegedly stated that he would not be paying those bills unless ordered to do so by a judge.

Levi's and YSL in business litigation over trademarked fabric tab

Running a Florida company involves numerous business decisions. In some cases, those decisions may mean choosing to trademark or otherwise protect certain intellectual property that is important to business operations. It may also mean deciding to pursue business litigation when another company violates or infringes upon those protections.

The decision to move forward with litigation was recently made by Levi Strauss and Co. The company claims that Yves Saint Laurent America have infringed upon its trademark, caused dilution and created unfair competition by putting fabric tabs on the back pocket of YSL jeans. Levi's trademarked the small tab that typically comes in red, blue or white and has held the rights for decades. The company first used the tab in 1936.

Walmart involved in business litigation with credit card provider

When business agreements go south, a lot can be at stake. Even big-name companies can suffer damages when another company fails to adhere to the terms of a contract. As a result, these entities may end up embroiled in business litigation in order to reach a conclusion to their disputes.

Florida readers may be interested in a dispute that is currently underway involving Walmart and its former credit card provider, Synchrony. The retail giant claims that the financial service company failed to follow through with an implied agreement, which apparently resulted in Walmart losing the ability to obtain "the fruits of the contract." Details of the legal claim were not readily available in the report as much of the complaint had been redacted.