General and Commercial Litigation
Commercial business operations involve various parties, including other businesses, contractors, business partners, developers, employees, public entities, the general public, shareholders, and more. As such, conflict is inevitable. However, while some conflicts may come down to a matter of opinion, other disputes are legal matters that require the attention of a legal professional, and perhaps even intervention from the courts.
At the office of BHM Law Group, our experienced Birmingham commercial litigation attorneys can provide representation for your commercial business as you navigate disputes or pursue or respond to a lawsuit. To learn more about our commercial litigation lawyers in the Birmingham area, please reach out to us directly by phone or online at your convenience.
Common Types of Commercial Business Disputes
Our lawyers have experience navigating a wide array of common commercial business disputes. While all disputes—and all businesses—are unique, many of the same legal issues are present from case to case.
Types of commercial business disputes we often work with clients to resolve or litigate include:
- Civil claims, including premises liability claims. Liability for injuries to customers, clients, or others who enter a commercial property or use a company product can be costly to resolve, as well as damaging to a commercial business’s reputation. We can handle all personal injury claims, as well as other civil disputes that arise. We handle these claims effectively, quietly, and quickly to protect your business’s best interests and repute.
- Employment and labor disputes. Similar to civil claims involving customers and other parties, employment and labor disputes can be extremely damaging to a business’s reputation, finances, and bottom line. Common employment and labor disputes that we have experience navigating include:
- Wage and hour disputes. Most workers in the United States are protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which outlines wage and hour requirements and protections for workers. In general, workers must be paid time and a half for all hours worked over 40 in a consecutive seven-day period, with the exception of exempt workers. Workers are also protected by minimum wage requirements.
- Discrimination claims. Employees have a right to work in a workplace that is free from employment discrimination, which includes discrimination, harassment, or/and retaliation on the basis of age, sex, religion, pregnancy status, disability, national origin, ethnicity, color, race, and sexual orientation and gender identity. If discrimination in the workplace occurs, employees have the right to pursue a discrimination claim; sometimes, this can turn into litigation.
- Workplace safety disputes. Like the right to a workplace that is free of discrimination, workers also have the right to a workplace that is free of unreasonable health and safety risks. OSHA laws are designed to protect workers; when a violation occurs, a company may face penalties.
- Government contracts, grants, or/and financial aid. When a business is a recipient of a government contract, grant, or another form of financial aid, it is required to ensure that it adopts required wage, hour, benefit, health, and safety standards. The sources for these requirements are the Davis-Bacon Act, the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act, and the Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act.
- Breach of contract claims. Most commercial businesses are involved in dozens of contracts at any given moment, including supplier contracts, purchase agreement contracts, real estate contracts, partnership contracts, government contracts, and more. When a party to a contract breaches the terms of that contract, the other party has the right to seek remedy for the breach. Our law firm can help you to understand your rights in a breach of contract case, including remedies that you may be entitled to or may be asked to provide to the other party. We can also help with breach of contract claim resolution.
- Breach of fiduciary duty claims. Fiduciary duty refers to the ethical and the legal duty of one party to act in the best financial interests of another. Fiduciary duty exists in many instances, including between some financial professionals and clients. When a fiduciary duty is breached, the impacted party may have a cause of action to pursue damages against the party who committed the breach. This can be a legal nightmare for a commercial business and demands legal action and representation.
- Shareholder disputes. Disagreements between shareholders regarding the governance of a corporation happen. Common sources of disputes include breaches of shareholder agreements, fiduciary breaches, differences in compensation, and differences in opinion about company direction.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods
Our lawyers have trial experience and will prepare your case for litigation when necessary. We handle all elements of the litigation preparation and trial processes, including case filings, discovery, depositions, and more. We look for opportunities for your business to save costs throughout the process and protect its interests.
We also provide legal guidance through alternative dispute resolution methods prior to litigation, including both arbitration and mediation:
- We can represent you with a third-party mediator. Mediation is often the quickest and least expensive way to resolve a commercial dispute.
- Arbitration involves all parties to a dispute presenting their case to an arbiter to decide. Arbitration is often a recommended alternative to litigation.
Our Commercial Litigation Services
Our commercial litigation services are designed with you in mind. When you choose our law firm, you can count on us for:
- Developing a creative legal approach;
- Focusing on legal issues that are specific to your case;
- Preparing all evidence and managing all filings;
- Handling all witnesses depositions;
- Seeking settlement outside of the court process; and
- Litigating your case in court.
Reach Out to Our Skilled Commercial Litigation Lawyers Today
If you are involved in a commercial litigation dispute, don’t hesitate to seek the counsel of an experienced commercial litigation attorney in the Birmingham area. Our commercial litigation team is here to support you every step of the way and ensure your interests are supported.
We have decades of combined legal experience and a proven track record of successful results for our clients. Call us today at 205-994-0902 or send us a message using the intake form on our website to speak with one of our lawyers at your convenience.
BHM Law Group was founded in order to provide individuals, companies, and public sector entities with excellent legal representation centered around the client.
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