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Addressing hazards in the workplace

Business owners often face a long list of challenges every single week, and we have discussed many of them on this blog. In fact, litigation alone can be nerve-wracking and lead to significant repercussions for any business, regardless of its size. Business lawsuits may be filed for a wide variety of reasons, but some are the result of a workplace mishap that resulted in serious injuries or claimed the lives of workers. Depending on the industry, preventing work-related accidents can be very difficult, and sometimes impossible. However, employers who are responsible for suffering due to their negligence may face significant consequences in court.

When legal action arises over sexual harassment

Being a business owner can be tough for many reasons, some of which have been covered extensively on this blog. However, a business owner may face many different types of problems, from allegations of discrimination to sexual harassment. When sexual harassment allegations surface, it is vital to approach the situation with care. Sometimes, these accusations are baseless, while others involve the serious victimization of an employee. In some instances, a sexual harassment case may be settled outside of the courtroom, while others may involve legal action. In New York City, and across the state, business owners should make sure they address these allegations properly and strive to prevent harassment.

Job-related traffic crashes and employer liability

Motor vehicle collisions occur in all sorts of ways and the details surrounding one crash may vary considerably in comparison to another wreck. For example, one accident may only involve one vehicle, the result of a drunk driver's inability to stay on the road. Or, another may involve multiple vehicles after icy roads caused cars to collide. In some instances, drivers and vehicle occupants are involved in a crash while they are performing their job duties, which can be particularly concerning for employers, depending on the details surrounding the wreck.

What are some examples of unfair competition?

In business, disagreements and litigation can arise for many different reasons, which often leads to additional challenges. From employee claims of discrimination and harassment to contract disputes, business owners face a myriad of problems. However, unfair competition can be particularly difficult for a company to deal with. Whether you have been falsely accused of unfair competition or have experienced financial losses because of another business' behavior, it is vital to know your rights and do what you can to protect your interests.

The financial ramifications of business lawsuits

As a business owner, it's likely that you come face to face with a wide variety of challenges in any given week. Whether you have disagreements with staff members or are unsure about a recent decision, managing business matters can be incredibly stressful. Unfortunately, lawsuits can significantly increase stress levels for business owners and Codispoti & Associates knows how financially devastating litigation can be. If you fear that a lawsuit is around the corner or already have a court date, you should take a close look at your various options and make sure you approach the case with care.

Reviewing examples of business tort cases

Business tort cases take many forms and the outcome can have a significant impact on the future of a business. At Codispoti & Associates, P.C., we know all too well how challenging these cases can be for business owners in New York City, and across the whole state of New York. If you have found yourself in this position, it is crucial to carefully and immediately go over your options and plot the most sensible direction forward. However, even if you are not dealing with litigation currently, it could be beneficial to go over some of the different examples of business tort cases.

Self-driving cars raise products liability concerns

While some speculate that widespread use of self-driving vehicles could “annihilate[e]” auto insurance policies for consumers, as recently reported by the New York Daily News, others are predicting that product liability coverage will increase insurance premiums for manufacturers of automated vehicles and fleet operators. Other types of coverage related to that increase could arise from risks related to public infrastructure and digital or cyber security. Self-driving cars raise product liability concerns because as computers replace humans in controlling the operation of the vehicle, automakers take on liability for their products when accidents occur during that operation.

When it isn’t breach of contract

Contracts are an essential element of running a New York business, so breach of contract litigation has the potential to be devastating to a company. According to Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute, the person bringing the action has the burden of proof in a breach of contract claim, and must provide evidence of the following four things:

What is tortious interference?

As a business owner in New York, you depend on your company’s contracts to keep things running smoothly. Although you may have noncompete agreements or other protections in place, your company could still be vulnerable. If someone does come between you and a client, vendor or other company you have a contractual relationship with, it can seriously hurt your bottom line. According to Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute, you may be able to file a lawsuit for damages if this type of situation, known as tortious interference, arises.

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