A possible conflict of interest has brought scrutiny to the business practices of the former executive director of South Florida's water management district. Just days after the former director resigned her position, other officials began speculating on why a company owned by a colleague of hers managed to beat out a world-class company for a lucrative business contract in the Florida area. The business dispute is now being more closely analyzed.
An out-of-state trucking company has filed a lawsuit here in Florida against a national refueling company currently under fire for fraud allegations. The suit, filed in federal court in Pensacola on May 17, stems from an ongoing business dispute between Pilot Flying J and a number of trucking companies who say the company has misrepresented its fuel rebate program. An investigation is ongoing.
When an individual or partners are in the early stages of a new Florida business venture, sprits are often high. The future is wide open, and any level of success and personal fulfillment can be imagined. This high level of enthusiasm is an excellent source of positive momentum for newly formed businesses, but is not sufficient to ensure success and avoid a future business dispute.
In times of economic struggle, many businesses fail to flourish. Some even falter to such a degree that they eventually end in disaster. However, some Florida businesses fail simply because they were born of a partnership that was doomed from the start, and a wide range of partnership disputes result. When considering if a joint venture is the best course of action, here are a few things to consider.
At the onset of a new Florida business venture, spirits are usually high. The promise of success, excitement over the future and a cooperative approach often define the relationship between partners. All parties share the hope that the venture will be rewarding and profitable for everyone involved. While no one wants to anticipate a negative end to a business partnership, it is imperative for business partners to take the time to properly define their expectations and the process for handling any future business dispute.
Miami-area DirecTV customers may be noticing several channels disappearing from their television lineup this month. The loss stems from a business dispute between DirecTV and Viacom Inc. over fees and channel broadcasting. The companies have yet to come to an agreement, and Viacom has required that DirecTV drop Viacom's channels until a resolution of the business dispute is achieved.
Miami Dade residents may be aware of the plans to construct the new Florida Polytechnic University, the 12th university to come to Florida. The land where the university will be built, though, has become part of a business dispute between the company that originally donated the land and the state. Now, the construction of the campus faces a halt until the dispute can be resolved.
Some Florida residents may be aware of the back-and-forth allegations between Activision Blizzard Inc. and Electronics Arts Inc., two of the more prominent video game developers, over a recent business dispute. The business dispute began in 2010, when the actions of two former Activision employees set off an already intense rivalry, and continues to be an issue now. Although it is said that the companies reached a settlement at some point -- the information about which was not disclosed -- Activision and EA were set to begin trial for the case on May 29.