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Real estate-related nondisclosure can lead to material damage

Everyone's honest in real estate negotiations and deals, right?

Yes, perhaps, but only in some other universe. On planet earth, and certainly in Southern California and across the United States, residential and commercial real estate transactions are often marked by hide-the-ball tactics that obscure realities.

Real estate-related complaints: myriad and broadly sourced

Would-be homeowners in Ventura County, the San Fernando Valley and elsewhere across the vast regional expanse of the Los Angeles metropolitan area must obviously exercise due care in working with agents/brokers who are representing them in the purchase or sale of property.

That stated reality is no attempted denigration of that profession; rather, it proceeds from the simple acknowledgment that unscrupulous characters exist in every profession, with real estate hardly being excepted.

Uber faces multiple litigations

 

It’s not all fun, games, and piles of cash being the world’s most valuable startup. Although Uber has had a few things to smile about in the last several months, including raising an astounding $3.5 billion in capital and narrowly escaping a high-profile lawsuit which might have turned the tables on their entire business model, it is currently facing a staggering number of lawsuits. The transportation giant will have to contend with litigation aimed at nearly every facet of their practices, from its advertising model to the process it uses for vetting drivers.

Fraud-related conduct can harm both consumers, businesses

The reasons for rules are clear enough, right?

In virtually any sphere, a playing field without some defined parameters and operating principles -- especially in a universe marked by competition -- would be encompassed by chaos and lack of any constancy needed to ensure fair play and logical outcomes.

The construction contract: yes, getting it right is important

Construction is many things. To a family or business entrepreneur, it can centrally spell a new home or business headquarters, respectively. To a contractor, it spells business opportunity. To a lender, it brings in profit through financing and interest charges. To an insurer (as well to all the aforementioned parties), it brings an element of risk owing to many factors.

One of those factors is unquestionably the contract that is negotiated and executed between parties involved in a construction project.

Wide-ranging legal concerns the norm for most California businesses

OK, so you're not a top-10 American business entity in terms of assets and revenue.

Such an admission is essentially a meaningless and so-what utterance, isn't it, given that the universe of businesses in California and across the United States is exceedingly broad.

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.

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