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American antitrust law: focus and considerations

Notwithstanding that business in California and across the United States can be -- and uniformly is -- hard-edged and an even cutthroat pursuit among rivals, it is also predicated on the notion of fundamental fairness.

As noted in one online primer on business torts and criminal corporate conduct, federal and state antitrust laws exist in America "to protect trade and commerce from unfair restraints, monopolies and price fixing."

Real estate and mortgage fraud: scams abound

One bad apple ... .

That age-old proverb/maxim unquestionably commands broad applicability across some very wide terrain. In just about any context imaginable, it is indeed true that the one unsavory actor -- deemed as such by underhanded behavior or sullied personality traits -- can tarnish an entire group of individuals, regardless of whether that broad stroke of ignominy is fairly applied or not.

Your home has a material defect: What do you do now?

It's one thing when, say, a propeller blade on a portable fan you just bought isn't working properly.

It's another thing altogether when rain is pouring in on you and your family through the living room ceiling of a house you just had reshingled.

The non-compete agreement: What is it, how judicially construed?

Imagine that you're a company principal at a business enterprise in Ventura County or elsewhere in Southern California that employs a high-value worker with reams of inside knowledge regarding classified company data and trade secrets. And then, one day, that employee summarily informs you that she is leaving shortly to commence employment with a fierce business competitor.

Justifiably, you're stressed and more than a bit concerned.

Coin laundry legal considerations: multiple and singular

Businesses of every size and type in Ventura County and across Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California obviously face many and distinct challenges as they seek to profit and otherwise prosper.

Given that, though, might some select business enterprises stand out among others for having characteristics and concerns that are not commonly shared with other companies?

Tortious interference: sometimes business behavior can go too far

Fairness is just as much a dominant concern in the business world as it is in other realms of life.

Put another way: Commercial entities dealing with each other certainly can -- and routinely do -- pursue hard and uncompromising strategies that seek to promote their bottom line even at the expense of those they are negotiating and contracting with. At the same time, though, there are limits and rules attached to business norms and canons of decency that guide commercial conduct and set boundaries regarding what is permissible versus what is not.

Soured relationship: no love lost between yogurt makers

Do you like yogurt?

If so, would you like it as much if you even remotely suspected that chemicals you were ingesting while eating it were also used to exterminate insects or to keep water clean in swimming pools?

Didn't think so.

Business litigation: a demand for tailored, thoughtful advocacy

Sometimes business acrimony and wrongdoing simply cannot be resolved through relatively informal and conflict-muted channels. A phone call between rival business principals won't dampen hostilities. Mediation seems flatly out of the realm of possibility.

In certain instances, a business entity's recourse to formal litigation in a courtroom is the only viable response to the actions of a competitor.

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