Maryland readers may have already heard that car manufacturer Volkswagen admitted that its diesel vehicles were fraudulently rigged to pass emissions. The cars, which were marketed for their supposedly clean and efficient running, would have miserably failed emissions testing if the company had not cheated. In the wake of this scandal, business litigation is either being filed -- or contemplated -- by consumers, shareholders and even other car manufacturers.
Some Maryland business owners may not be aware that there is a distinction between business and corporate litigation. In order to understand the difference between corporate and business litigation, it is first necessary to have general definitions of corporate and business law. The information below is intended to give you an overview of the difference.
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., which is based here in Maryland, is one of the country's largest television broadcasting companies. Recently, Sinclair became embroiled in a business dispute with Dish Network Corp., a satellite television provider. For one day, customers in several states covering 79 markets, which includes nearly 129 local affiliates (a combination of CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and CW) were without their local stations, which affected approximately five million Dish customers.
Companies like Uber Technologies, Inc. are changing the way people get around -- especially in major cities. Things have been going so well, in fact, that numerous lawsuits have been filed just against Uber. The latest business litigation to make the Maryland news is a federal lawsuit filed by 15 taxi and limousine companies here on the East Coast accusing Uber of racketeering.
Maryland readers most likely already know that JPMorgan Chase is one of the largest credit card providers in the United States. Therefore, it should not be surprising that the company has been involved in more than one business dispute. One of the most recent disputes was with several states and the District of Columbia, along with the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) over the company's debt collection practices.
Many people in Maryland are already aware that the poultry industry is worth billions of dollars to manufacturers like Pilgrim's Pride. The company relies on poultry growers to provide it with the chickens that it processes. One of those growers is taking its business dispute with the chicken giant to court.
When a company takes the time to copyright its materials, it expects other companies to honor that fact. However, companies accusing other companies of copyright infringement file numerous lawsuits around the country, including some here in Maryland. One such business dispute between Getty Images against Microsoft Corp. recently settled.
There are thousands of breweries, distilleries and wineries spread across the country, including some here in Maryland. According to an attorney for a small brewery called Innovation Brewing, all of them share a limited pool of names. It is not difficult to imagine that a business dispute can arise when two companies share similar names, but so far, any such disputes have been resolved short of going to trial. However, a recent claim by one craft brewery against another might actually go to trial.
More than likely, when you started your business here in Maryland, you expected it to be profitable and enjoy a steady stream of income. You provide a product or service to your clients and expect to be paid for it in return. Sometimes, however, clients fail to pay for the goods or services you provide despite your repeated requests. At some point, business debt collection efforts may need to involve legal action.
Lacrosse fans in Maryland may have heard of Olympian Jamie Allen and Long Island Express Lacrosse LLC. In Jan. 2005, Allen and four other people formed the limited liability company in order to coach pre-college lacrosse players, provide them with advice regarding recruiting and offer players and their families opportunities in the sport. Since that time, the company claims it helped 300 players get into various colleges, 200 of whom entered Division 1 schools. A business dispute erupted when the other four voted to oust Allen.