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Zoom facing class action litigation over privacy violation claims

Most people in Florida and across the country value their privacy. They may provide personal information to other people or entities for a specific purpose, but in some cases, individuals may feel that those people or entities did not protect their information. As a result, class action litigation could result.

It was recently reported that Zoom Video Communications is facing a class action lawsuit due to allegedly disclosing users' information to third parties. Individuals can use Zoom to make video conference calls, which more people have been doing lately. However, the company purportedly collects data and information from users when they download the iOS app and then provides that information to outside parties like Facebook and others. As a result, users feel that their privacy has been invaded.

Disciplinary action from the Real Estate Commission

When you started your real estate business, you may have had great plans for your future. You may have aspired to help residents find homes across Florida, deal in commercial property or assist developers in bringing new businesses to the area. Perhaps those goals kept you focused and diligent as you studied and prepared for your licensing exam, and those goals keep you thinking forward.

However, despite your diligence and industry, you are now facing the scrutiny of the local realtor board, and your license is on the line. The suspension or revocation of your real estate license could effectively mean the end of your career and the loss of the fruits of all your hard work. During this challenging time, it will be important to have solid advice and reliable information about your options and rights.

Frivolous lawsuits can still lead to business litigation

Running a small business is certainly not always the dream many people hope it to be. Being a business owner has many difficulties, and while Florida owners may be able to handle some of those issues relatively quickly, other problems may take time to address. For example, some companies could end up facing business litigation over frivolous lawsuits.

Handling a lawsuit is certainly a difficulty that numerous businesses face at some point. Still, managing litigation can be long and trying for any company. If owners are facing frivolous lawsuits, they may wonder if they can avoid litigation altogether. Fortunately, they may be able to explore various options to help them with such a scenario. If possible, they could file a motion to have the case dismissed but will need to possibly wait weeks or months to hear from the judge.

Construction litigation seeks to stop project from moving forward

Though construction can mean that an area is expanding and offering new opportunities within the locale, some people may not see the change as positive. In fact, it is not uncommon for locals to try to use construction litigation as a way to stop certain projects from taking place. Unfortunately, this can mean delays and difficulties for Florida construction companies.

It was recently reported that a lawsuit regarding the construction of an apartment complex is currently underway in another state. Area residents are hoping to stop the construction, which they claim will damage the character of the community. The report noted that at least five community groups were against the project taking place. The complex will reportedly contain 264 units, some of which are intended for low-income residents.

What should you do if you experienced workplace discrimination?

Every employee in Florida has the right to a workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment. Employees who experienced this type of mistreatment are sometimes reluctant to speak out about what they experienced because they are embarrassed or unsure of what they can do. There are both state and federal laws that protect workers from these things. 

If you believe you are the victim of inappropriate or illegal treatment in the workplace, there are things you can do to protect your rights and interests. Certain steps can help as you seek to hold liable parties accountable and pursue a civil claim. This type of treatment in a workplace is reprehensible and inexcusable, and you do not have to suffer in silence.

Contract disputes can lead to lawsuits to address damages

In efforts to grow their businesses, many companies create agreements with other companies. Often, there is some mutual benefit to the agreements that can help all parties involved reach certain business-related goals. However, not all new partnerships work out, and in some cases, a fall-out could lead to contract disputes.

Florida readers may be interested in a recent lawsuit filed by Midwest Express Airlines after ending a partnership with Elite Airways. According to reports, the two companies had created a partnership agreement in August of last year, at which time Midwest Express paid a deposit to Elite Airways. It was unclear what exactly the deposit was for. Nonetheless, the agreement indicated that Midwest Express would use Elite Airways to operate its initial flights while Midwest handled customer service.

Are you a prisoner of your timeshare contract?

It seems like a good idea. You buy a share in a vacation property in an exciting location, and you have a beautiful place reserved for you each year. Splitting the cost with other people makes the ownership of an exotic vacation home more affordable than buying a property you may only visit once a year.

You chose your week, put down your money and signed the contract. However, as exciting as it seemed in the beginning, the timeshare idea isn't working out for you now. You are not alone. Many people who invest in timeshares end up trying to get out of their contracts. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done.

Injury at trampoline park leads to business litigation

Running any type of business is tricky. Depending on the product or service that a company offers, owners and operators often have to consider ways to keep their clients or customers safe and to run a successful business. Of course, if an accident happens on a company's premises, business litigation could result.

Florida readers may be interested in a lawsuit currently underway in another state. According to reports, the case was brought by a 34-year-old woman who is making claims against a trampoline park after she was injured at the establishment. Apparently, the woman was on a trampoline in an area for customers over the age of seven. While trying to perform a backflip, the woman stated that several children came into the area, and she had to adjust her flip to avoid hitting the kids.

Apple comes to settlement over class action litigation

When a Florida company faces numerous complaints from clients or customers, it often has multiple options for handling those complaints. It may be able to address the issue in-house and directly with customers, or it may have to contend with class action litigation. Of course, even if a situation goes that far, companies could still choose to reach a settlement.

Coming to a settlement is recently the decision Apple made in relation to class action lawsuits that were filed in 2017 and 2018. The suits stemmed from claims that Apple purposefully slowed down the operating systems in older iPhones without informing users of the feature. The company claimed that the slowdown was to help prevent performance issues by reducing battery stress. However, because the company did not inform users, many thought that their phones were slowing due to age and bought new devices.

Improving your chances for successful business litigation

It is the rare business that does not face a legal challenge from time to time. In fact, the more sophisticated your business, the more clients you deal with and the more substantial your contracts, the more likely you will run into disputes that may end up in court. When this happens, you will want every advantage for reaching a positive outcome.

A lawsuit can be time-consuming and expensive, so you will want to learn as much as you can about the process and what you can do to maximize your success in court. While it is certainly important to have all your facts straight and your documentation in order, sometimes, the smallest detail can have a profound effect on a civil trial. No matter if you are the plaintiff or the defendant, you can play a critical role in the outcome.

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