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Businesses often experience rocky relationships with customers, subcontractors, vendors, and other parties. In some situations, the business can resolve the issue by making a phone call. However, a business may run into situations in which the other party refuses to cooperate and make good on a contract, or worse yet, when the other party does something illegal. When business owners are up against a problem they cannot solve on their own, they should talk to our business litigation attorneys at Belt & Bruner, P.C. Contact us via our online form or at 205-933-1500.
Business litigation does not always arise because of an injury to a business. This area of law also encompasses consumer protection issues, including harm caused to a person by a business’s unlawful activity. Our legal team is experienced in handling business litigation claims on behalf of both businesses and consumers. When people or businesses perform unlawful acts, we are here to protect our clients’ financial interests and reputations.
We Handle Consumer’s Business Fraud Claims
Fraud encompasses a wide-range of intentionally deceptive behaviors, from lying to failing to correct misrepresentations, which are used by a person to unlawfully obtain a benefit. Fraud is usually used for a person to gain money or property to which they do not have a lawful claim.
Consumers may fall victim to a business’s fraudulent conduct, such as false advertising or deceptive or unfair business practices. There are many federal and state regulations on how a business can behave in regard to its potential customers, including what the business can represent in marketing and advertising materials and what salespeople can say. If the business or an employee intentionally lies or uses misrepresentations to take advantage of customers and profit, then the wronged customers may have legal claims against the business.
Any consumers who believe they were the victim of business fraud should contact our Alabama business fraud lawyer at Belt & Bruner, P.C. to discuss their rights and options in regard to business litigation. If there is evidence that a business violated the law, we can help consumers file the appropriate civil claims to pursue compensation and to force the business to stop its fraudulent practices.
We Represent Businesses Injured by Fraud
Another aspect of business fraud occurs when workers defraud their employers. While employees can commit many types of fraud that harm the business and give them a financial benefit, the most common type of fraud is embezzlement. This occurs when a worker, who is entrusted with the business’s property or money, appropriates it for themselves without permission. Other types of employee fraud, include skimming, payroll fraud, purchase order fraud, unlawful use of business credit cards, workers’ compensation fraud, and data or trade secret theft.
Businesses also are sometimes defrauded by subcontractors, vendors, and customers. They may be victims of phishing scams, forged checks, counterfeit cash, return fraud, and much more.
We are here to represent a business whenever it has been a victim of fraud, no matter the culprit. Businesses whose bottom lines have been damaged should contact a commercial litigation attorney at Belt & Bruner, P.C. as soon as possible. We will thoroughly review the business’s situation and advise it on the best course of action, including whether litigation is appropriate or whether a potential crime should be reported to law enforcement authorities.
We Have Experience with False Claims Cases
The Federal False Claims Act (FCA) makes it illegal for any person to file a false claim with the government, including any agency or branch of the federal government. When an individual, personally or through a business, is suspected of intentionally filing inaccurate claims to increase how much they are paid or reimbursed by a government program, then they may face civil and criminal charges.
Civil lawsuits regarding false claims may be brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ) after a federal investigation. Or, a private citizen can file a qui tam suit. The FCA has what is known as a qui tam provision, which enables whistleblowers to file private lawsuits on behalf of the government. If the suit leads to a positive outcome for the government, either a settlement or a jury award, then the whistleblower, also known as the relator, receives part of the compensation.
Individuals who believe they have evidence of a business person violating the FCA should contact a litigation lawyer at Belt & Bruner, P.C. We have experience with qui tam suits and will investigate the situation to determine if there is evidence of false claims. If you have a valid claim, we can guide you through the qui tam process.
We also represent businesses accused of making false claims. When a business owner or employee is accused of fraudulent activity against the government, it is essential they speak with an attorney immediately. FCA claims must be taken seriously and addresses as quickly as possible to avoid being pressured into an expensive settlement or damaging a business’s reputation.
We Can Help in Any Business Dispute
Beyond fraud, consumers and business may take part in many types of disputes. With decades of collective experience within our legal team, we are able to handle these disputes, including:
- Breach of contract claims
- Accounting malpractice
- Unfair competition
- Tortious interference
- Intellectual property theft
Any time a business or employee has been accused of one of these actions or believes they have been damaged by one, they should contact our business litigation attorneys. We are here to find out what is going on and who is responsible. If we find evidence that someone has committed illegal activity to our client’s detriment, then we guide our client through the best course of action. We are also ready to vigorously defend our clients against wrongful accusations.
Consequences of Failing to Address Business Disputes
Businesses that fail to address fraudulent activity they are alleged to have committed or another party’s fraud risk a number of consequences, including:
- Damage to a business’s reputation
- Damage to a business person’s reputation
- Unhappy employees and decrease in productivity
- Loss of business license or another license necessary for operations
- Consumer distrust
- Fewer sales
- Financial losses
- Inability to obtain investments or loans
- Stalled growth
- Government investigations
At Belt & Bruner, P.C., an Alabama corporate litigation lawyer will work with businesses to mitigate the occurrence or extent of these consequences. When a business faces false accusations, we will strive to put an end to the issue as quickly as possible. However, we are also prepared to take business disputes all the way through trial if necessary. If a business has been damaged by another person’s illegal activity, then we will fight hard for our business to obtain the best possible outcome in its case.
Call Our Alabama Business Litigation Attorneys for Help
At Belt & Bruner, P.C. we are well versed in business litigation and are available to help a wide range of parties deal with disputes and allegations. Whether a business or individual believes they have suffered due to another party’s fraudulent or unlawful behavior, we are here to thoroughly review the situation, gather evidence, and advise our clients on the next best steps. Our priority is always to guide our clients through these challenging situations as efficiently as possible while we a tenacious in our pursuit of acceptable outcomes for our clients.
To discuss how our legal team can help during a business dispute, contact Belt & Bruner, P.C. today. With offices in Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, and Montgomery, our Alabama lawyers can travel to any location in the state of Alabama nearest you.