If someone tells you “I’m a doctor,” they’re really only telling you a small part of what their job entails. They might be a pediatrician or a podiatrist or an oncologist or a surgeon.
The same is true in the legal world. A lawyer who handles criminal cases and an attorney who specializes in real estate law have very different jobs.
And then there are attorneys who handle business law. That’s a pretty vast field, as anyone who’s sought out the services of a Bucks County business litigation attorney can tell you. Working in business law involves handling a wide array of different cases.
Here are a few of the most common reasons business owners might need to call on a lawyer who specializes in business litigation cases.
1. Disputes between partners
Partners in a business may not always agree on everything. When those disagreements can’t be hammered out in house, it can lead to litigation.
However, some contracts include a clause that requires any disputes among partners to go through arbitration or mediation before heading to litigation.
With mediation, the parties will present their arguments to a neutral third party, who will try to make a ruling. That ruling is not binding and might still land the parties in court. Arbitration is a more formal version of mediation, in which the third party’s decision is typically binding.
2. Disputes over employment
These disputes often involve things such as claims of discrimination, unfair treatment, bias, harassment or a hostile work environment.
Employees might feel that their race or age or gender led them to be fired, denied promotion or given a larger workload than other workers.
And finally, an employee might report what they think are unsafe conditions. Any punitive measures from an employer – say, firing said employee – could open that employer to a “whistleblower lawsuit.”
3. Breach of contract
Businesses run on contracts, whether it’s a purchase order between a supplier and customer or the lease you signed when you rented your office space.
When one of the parties involved in these contracts breaks their word or fails to uphold their duties, they may be subject to a breach of contract lawsuit.
Breach of contract can be excused if something happens to void the contract, such as one of the parties lacked the mental capacity to make the contract, or if someone withheld important information or changed the contract after the fact.
4. Disputes with customers
You can’t please every customer, and some customers might be so unhappy with your product or service that they resort to legal action. This is typically a matter of one business suing another over a large transaction.
5. Tort claims
A tort is a civil case that begins when one party files suit against another claiming physical or emotional harm, whether it’s from a threat to their personal safety, their property or their finances.
Some typical torts involve things like an accident and injury, or cases where a party alleges negligence on the part of the defendant.
Hiring a Bucks County business litigation attorney can benefit your company in a number of ways. Not only can they defend against the actions we’ve described above, they can also make sure you’ve chosen the right structure for your business and work with you to navigate important transactions.
Do you need an attorney that handles business law and business litigation? Bucks County’s Benner & Wild is here to help.
Whether you’re buying or selling a business, creating a new partnership or LLC, or dealing with a dispute that might lead to litigation, our attorneys are ready to fight for you. Contact us today to learn more.