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Business Litigation Archives

FMLA controversy

Colorado businesses may be interested in a current dispute involving the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, which entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. A Pennsylvania company is now involved in business litigation from an employee who had asked for time off to care for her fiance, who had cancer. The company granted the request, but the employee didn't use all of the 12 weeks allowed and requested to take the remaining allotted time off in the following calendar year.

Firm pleads guilty to insider trading

Colorado investors might be interested in a case brought against a prominent hedge fund group. The fund will plead guilty to charges of securities fraud, according to reports. The plea will be the end a federal court case that arose from a 6-year investigation into business transactions that allegedly involved insider trading.

Venture mining operation triggers legal action

In 2004, a Colorado business owner began a gold mining operation that attracted investors with millions of dollars. Investors provided their funds for gold mining operations that involved drilling holes into Tenderfoot Hill in Colorado Springs. Investors are now concerned that the owner is not actually using investment funds for the operation of the gold mines but that he is instead using them for his personal gain.

Colorado tire recycler sentenced, fined on fraud charges

The Colorado attorney general announced that the president of tire recycler Colorado Tire Solutions admitted to filing fraudulent claims of waste tire tonnage. Accused of this fraud, the man pleaded guilty on Sept. 5 to one count of possession of a forged instrument and one court of forgery. The court sentenced him to 10 days in jail and two years of probation. He will also have to reimburse the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for $17,189, and his company was ordered to pay the Colorado Environmental Crimes sampling fund a $10,000 fine.

Colorado company named in $140,000 breach of contract lawsuit

A breach of contract suit has been filed against a local Colorado cabinetmaking company and its individual owners by a Pennsylvania finance company. The finance company alleges that the cabinetmaker owes it $140,000 in unpaid payments on a finance agreement entered into in 2012, pursuant to which the finance company advanced funds to enable the cabinet maker to acquire a machine saw.

Customers tuning out after so many cable disputes

The cable and TV entertainment industries are starting to see a significant shift in consumer habits and spending. These changes can likely be attributed partly to technological advancements and a struggling economy, but a significant number of people are finding alternatives to having cable because of the ongoing and frustrating disputes between networks and cable providers.

'App store' lawsuits dropped by Apple and Amazon before trial

Deciding when to take aggressive legal action and when to take steps to avoid costly litigation in the business world can be very difficult decisions to make. There are options that must be weighed in both scenarios and business owners must take many factors into consideration before committing to a plan. How will this affect the company in the long run? How will a lawsuit affect our customers and clients? Depending on the answers to these and other important questions, business owners can make effective decisions that in the company's best interest. 

American Apparel faces one challenge after another

Many Colorado business owners will do whatever it takes to avoid the costs and time associated going to court with other businesses, consumers and investors. Employers would likely rather focus on improving the health and success of their business. However, there are times when business litigation is unavoidable. Business owners may find themselves facing legal concerns related to employees, business practices and finances. 

Could non-compete agreements be banned in Colorado?

Business owners in Colorado are generally very serious about protecting their companies. They want to make sure they do whatever it takes to ensure that they stay competitive in the market, while also ensuring their company is a good place for employees to work. Maintaining this balance can be a delicate process, and some companies who value one of these goals significantly more than the other can end up facing legal consequences. This can be especially true when it comes to contract disputes

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