Lewis Page handles accepts clients seeking legal help over a broad range of business disputes. Because his business experience is remarkably varied over his many years of practice, the range of business disputes he will handle is also broad.
Business Ownership Disputes
Owners of businesses, whether partnerships, corporations, or limited liability companies, frequently have disputes about their ownership in the business. Statutes provide the underlying body of law applicable to the ownership of businesses. However, ownership provisions in formal organization documents of the entity may trump some statutory provisions and provide much more extensive regulation of ownership issues. Read more about resolution of business ownership disputes.
Business Management and Governance Disputes
Even when ownership of a business is defined and without dispute, that is not enough to eliminate disputes about the rights to manage, control and govern the business. Majority ownership of a business does not mean that the majority owners may manage and control the business. Issues of governance may depend upon statutes and common principles not disclosed or discussed in the documents organizing the business. Disputes handled include minority owner oppression, management deadlock, theft of corporate opportunities, owner’s right to inspection business records, and protection of directors and officers through insurance. Read more about resolution of business management and governance disputes.
Business Property Disputes
Businesses acquire, own, use, transfer and license many valuable property rights. Disputes about these properties may involve issues of contractual rights, real estate, personal property, software and technology, intellectual property, trademark, copyright, patents, trade secrets, proprietary information, bank accounts, embezzlement of business assets, and insurance protecting these property interests. Read more about resolution of business property disputes.
Business Liability Disputes
Businesses and their owners and employees are exposed to liability under an amazing array of statutes and common law principles. These liability exposures result from breach of contract, failure to repay loans, obligations of guarantors under guarantees, personal injury to employees or the public, liability for data breach and hacking intrusions, liability in tort for negligence, liability for discrimination under state or federal law, and an array of other issues. A frequent question is whether the owners, officers, directors,, and employers may be liable for the the actions of the business and how those interests may be protect through insurance. Read more about resolution of business liability disputes.
Business Employment Disputes
Disputes over employment by at-will employees and employees with employment agreements frequently arise. Termination of these employees involve issues of wrongful termination, the negotiation of severance agreements, employment restraints, including customer and employee non-solicitation clauses, customer and supplier non-compete clauses, confidentiality and nondisclosure clauses to protect business information, and non-disparagement clauses protecting the employee from adverse publicity. special issues arise in dealing with terminated sales representative commissions and various employee benefits, such as 401(k) benefits. Read more about resolution of business employment disputes.
Business Competitor Disputes
Every business has competitors and business competition may seriously injure if not destroy the business of a rival. These destructive element may spring from legitimate competition such as an ability to deliver better or cheaper goods or services, or from illegitimate competition such as antitrust violations, inducing your employees and agents to breach their duty of loyalty to the business, theft of trade secrets, infringement of patents, trademarks, or patents, unfair competition, false advertising, defamation, unjustified interference in your business, and other business torts. Read more about resolution of business employment disputes.
To get started,contact Lewis Page at 205-939-3900.