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Business and commercial lawsuit centers on trademark infringement

In Alabama and across the United States, a company's image is frequently linked to its name. Part of that requires that companies and entities be cognizant as to how their trademarked names and properties are protected from illegal use and infringement. When there is a belief that trademark infringement is taking place, it is imperative to have legal assistance from a business and commercial law firm that understands all aspects of business and protecting companies from this type of behavior. Those accused of these acts must have legal help, too, as evidenced by a recently filed lawsuit

That lawsuit was filed by the United Way, which asserts that a civil rights activist in Alabama has infringed on its trademark. The case was filed asserting that the activist had used a variation of the name for her work. The names are blatantly similar. United Way's corporate location is in Virginia. It is a nonprofit that provides logistical assistance and support for charity and community work. The woman who is accused of infringement has founded several entities that help women in various capacities such as running for political office and in social justice campaigns. She has done this for more than three decades.

Business and commercial employer defense during the "me too" era

In Alabama and across the nation, employee rights and protections are becoming major topics of discussion. For workers who have claimed to have faced employment violations especially in the context of sexual harassment, it is important that they understand their rights. Certainly, no employer wants an employee to feel uncomfortable and the employer does not want to face scrutiny and a legal filing. Still, employers also have rights and the social media campaign "me too" with its hashtag and automatic acceptance of any claim of sexual harassment as fact is problematic for employers. When there is an accusation, it is imperative to have a business and commercial law firm experienced in employment matters to provide a defense.

Research shows that sexual harassment has reduced in the two-plus years since it became a common source of protest and action. From 2016 to 2018, there was a reduction in women facing sexual attention they did not want and they were not coerced for sexual purposes as often. However, there was a rise in other levels of harassment. Women are increasingly willing to come forward with stories of harassment and seek to be compensated for what happened to them. They have the right to do this, of course. But employers also have the right to defend themselves against these claims.

Possible trucking rules changes important for truck insurance

Passenger vehicles are perceived at risk of being in a truck accident and this can spark lawsuits and the need for insurance defense. A concern that drivers and insurers should be cognizant of is the potential for rules changes regarding how many hours drivers can spend on the road. This can be critical if there is a legal filing that requires a strong defense.

There is a movement for the Department of Transportation to be less strict regarding drivers and the time they can spend on the road without a break. Now, drivers must limit their time to 11 hours within a 14-hour time-frame. After that, they must spend 10 consecutive hours free of driving. They can then take to the road again. Truckers and truck companies have long sought to change the rules to grant truckers greater freedom. If drivers are not on the road, they are not making money. Although drowsy driving is worrisome, advocates of the rule changes say that it is a "one size fits all" rule when all drivers are different.

Bed bugs can lead to lawsuits for your pest control business

As a pest control professional, you have the certification, knowledge and experience to deal with infestations such as bed bugs. Unfortunately, you and others in your industry are dealing with many factors that make your job more difficult. For example, laypeople seem to have a distorted view of how dangerous bed bugs are. While someone with a severe allergy may need to see a doctor for a bed bug bite, in most cases, the tiny insects are mostly a nuisance.

Nevertheless, it is understandable that an Alabama hotel manager, business owner or homeowner would want to be rid of the pests. However, if you fail to communicate the goals of your treatment plan, your clients may have unreasonable expectations. This could lead to lawsuits that can be financially devastating as well as damaging to the reputation of your company.

New law changes landscape of business and commercial employment

Just as Alabama employees are encouraged to fight for their rights under the law, employers also have the right to defend themselves when they are accused of wrongdoing in the workplace. Today, any alleged workplace violation will inevitably result in a legal filing. While workers can take these steps if they feel they have been wronged, it is also imperative for employers to be protected. A new law that is soon to go into effect will make substantive changes to the reasons for which legal filings are brought. Companies must have business and commercial legal assistance to navigate these changing circumstances.

The new law is meant to make salaries fairer for employees. It also lets them file a lawsuit if they were confronted with discrimination, retaliation or dismissal due to wage inequality. This law is supposed to coincide with federal statutes to protect workers and prevent discrimination for any reason. Employers will not have the right to discriminate against prospective workers if the worker refuses to disclose his or her salary history.

Financial service companies need a business and commercial lawyer

Alabama companies that provide financial services to customers in the state and across the nation are an important aspect of the economy. This is true for individuals and for business and commercial entities. Businesses cannot survive without access to cash and services. Therefore, it is crucial to have banks, lenders, mortgage companies and more available to help businesses achieve their goals. These companies are increasingly focused on for legal compliance.

Often, allegations are made that illegal activity has taken place and it can cast a negative light on the business. Having legal assistance to ensure that the law is followed and to be protected in case there are assertions of wrongdoing is critical to the company remaining viable. If the cases go to litigation, there are many accusations that can be lodged. Mortgage fraud, lending irregularities, predatory practices, deceptive trade, foreclosure on a property that should not have been foreclosed upon, and more can warrant a lawsuit. Companies that were simply running their business and commercial company in an aboveboard way and were adhering to the law must have a defense against these claims.

Property reconstruction spurs business and commercial dispute

Business and commercial property reconstruction goes hand in hand in Alabama. There are multiple benefits to this not the least of which is that the projects will often provide significant employment to large factions of people. However, as with any large project, there are often issues in dispute. When there is an agreement regarding how land is to be utilized and that spirals into a back and forth between the parties, it is imperative that a law firm experienced in these matters helps to negotiate and smooth over contentious issues, if possible.

The redevelopment of a closed military installation in the state is the topic of dispute between a development authority and a defense contractor. The concern is that it is going to cost well-paying jobs. A decade ago, the then-governor approved the redevelopment of military installations that are no longer in use. One, closed 20 years ago, is the subject of this case. There has been a struggle to find people from the private sector to take part in the property. Included is a barracks. The defense contractor had agreed to a lease and had an option to purchase it. In that facility is an area were dogs are trained for law enforcement and the military.

Insurance will come to the forefront after fatal semi-truck crash

Semi-trucks are large, intimidating and travel at significant speeds across the road in Alabama and throughout the nation. While most drivers will adhere to the rules of the road and operate their rigs safely, there are often accidents that cause injuries and fatalities. Insurance is a critical need for companies and most are covered for any eventuality. Still, when there is a crash and a lawsuit is filed, a company will frequently need to have a legal firm that is experienced in assisting insurance companies with lodging a defense after an accident.

An afternoon crash between two semis led to the death of one driver and serious injuries to the other. At around 1:30 p.m. a 58-year-old man was driving one of the trucks and was heading north. Another truck heading south went over the median and crashed into the first truck. The driver suffered catastrophic injuries and was declared dead at the site of the accident. The other driver was hospitalized. After the collision, the trucks caught fire. According to the investigation, the truck that went into the opposite lanes had a blowout of one of its tires. The investigation is continuing.

Are you on the fence about spray foam insulation for your home?

Insulating your home provides you with numerous benefits when it works properly. It helps keep your utility bills lower, it provides sounds insulation and should keep critters out of your walls.

Deciding to put insulation in your home often represents the easiest part of the process. Thereafter, you need to choose the type you want in your home. You probably heard about the popularity of spray foam insulation. It does provide certain benefits, but it also has some potentially serious drawbacks that you need to know about before making your decision.

Owners and insurance companies need legal defense after dog bites

There is no doubt that many Alabamans are dog lovers. Having a dog as a pet is an enjoyable experience in myriad ways. However, there are risks with keeping any kind of pet. Even the tamest and best-trained animals can bite and cause injuries to others. Having insurance for these occurrences is a wise step. Still, when there is a dog bite and a person is injured or even killed, there is the likelihood that a lawsuit will follow. The plaintiff will have a legal professional to pursue the case. The insurance company and the dog owner should remember to do the same. This is critical after a dog attack.

Four pit bulls attacked an elderly woman and sent her to the hospital. According to neighbors, the 82-year-old woman was taken out of the area on a stretcher after the attack. A woman stated she saw the dogs and then saw law enforcement. Most stated they had never had an issue with dogs in the area. Two of the dogs were shot and killed by police. A third was wounded. The victim is expected to survive. The owner is being sought and there could be charges related to violating the state leash law and other violations. The investigation is continuing.

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