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June 2015 Archives

Breach of contract claims filed by food supplier

In recent times, various news stations have reported an avian influenza virus that has apparently swept through poultry farms in the United States. Millions of egg-laying chickens have died, and photographs have been published showing truck loads of hen carcasses being removed from farms for burial. The situation has caused legal issues for some. Illinois readers might be interested in a recent case where one food supplier has filed breach of contract claims against an egg farmer, asserting that the farm should be held liable for the loss of revenue the hen/egg shortage has caused to the supplier.

Legal issues sometimes arise in a family owned business

In Illinois, there are a number of businesses that provide service to the their communities in a variety of ways. A family owned business might be among those that face legal issues at some point with regard to their transactions. Most business owners want to make certain that they have a clear understanding of applicable laws and regulations from the time of their start-up throughout the expansion and duration of their enterprise.

Contract disputes over real estate not uncommon

Companies in Illinois and elsewhere use contracts daily for business transactions, such as the buying and selling of commercial real estate. Unfortunately, when companies do not adhere to the terms, contract disputes are often the result. A recent dispute involves two companies who signed a contract for a real estate purchase and regards a $25,000 deposit that was to become non-refundable after 30 days.

Contract disputes: Snoop Dogg sues Pabst Brewing Co. and Colt 45

Illinois residents may be interested in a recent lawsuit filed by the rapper Snoop Dogg against the beer-maker Pabst Brewing Co. claiming breach-of-contract. He is seeking a percentage of the sales price the company obtained when it sold its Colt 45 malt beer line in November of last year. Contract disputes can be complicated, and in this one, Snoop Dogg claims to have signed an agreement with Pabst to endorse and promote one of its Colt 45 product lines for three years, starting in 2011.

When you're tired may be the best time to be creative

Creativity is one of the most important assets a business can have. A business owner who comes up with new ideas for products, services or ways to market the company is more likely to succeed than someone simply trying to copy the competition. So most businesspeople are always looking for ways to strengthen their creativity.

Expert witnesses are often key in construction litigation

As we have mentioned before in this blog, construction litigation often comes down to the testimony of expert witnesses. Each side usually will bring in an expert to evaluate the alleged defects. They may come up with very different interpretations of the evidence, and it could be up to the judge or jury to decide which expert’s opinion they find most credible.

Pluses and minuses to running your business at home

Rather than maintaining office space in a building somewhere, many small business owners choose to work out of their homes. Working at home is something that someone starting a new business, especially a sole proprietorship, may want to consider. But while it has many advantages, working at home can also have drawbacks to keep in mind. An article in USA TODAY presents some of the pluses and minuses.

Reliance on oral statements can create a business contract

Just about any experienced business professional will prefer to do their important deals with clients, vendors and other parties in writing. Having a written contract is the best way to ensure that all parties understand their rights and responsibilities -- and to enforce those obligations in court.