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How compensatory and punitive damages differ

The kinds of damages awarded in Massachusetts civil litigation cases take many forms, but perhaps the two most prominent types involve compensatory and punitive damages. These forms of damages generally depend on the nature of the actions of the offending party. A plaintiff who has suffered a particularly malicious injury may be more likely to receive punitive damages than compensatory damages.

Bringing civil action against financial professionals

Business owners depend on various financial professionals almost every day. When this faith is misplaced, the results have the potential to be catastrophic. Luckily, business owners who want to recover some damages may have an avenue to do so under Massachusetts law.

What exactly is civil litigation?

Legal words and terms are often thrown around when people are discussing a dispute or court case, but just as often, the average person does not have a full understanding of legal definitions and the different types of dispute resolution methods, including litigation and alternative dispute resolution. If you are like many other Massachusetts residents, you might also wonder what entails a civil case.

The plaintiff's civil litigation process, one step at a time

At Kajko, Weisman & Colasanti, LLP, our civil litigation clients count on us for more than tenacious representation. They also view us as a source of knowledge about the Massachusetts legal process and appreciate our willingness to walk them through every step of the way. 

When could you sue someone?

If you believe someone has wronged you, your best option is often to find some way to work out your dispute with the other party through conversation or mediated negotiations. You may find that, even without bringing the discussion into a public court, you are able to resolve your issues. However, certain opponents could prove intractable, requiring a stronger impetus to cooperate with your requests. In these situations, you might consider legal action.

What to keep in mind when creating a contract

When you are negotiating a contract, you may not foresee future disagreements or disputes regarding the terms of document. However, conflicts can and do occur on a regular basis. In order to be best prepared for this type of situation, you may want to consider some potential contract complications that may occur and incorporate that into your final contract. Not only could this save you from a possible lawsuit, but it can also save you time, money and emotional drain.

What happens when business partners "divorce?"

If you are a partner in a Massachusetts enterprise, it may surprise you to learn that partnerships are analogous to marriages. How so? You and your partner(s) are individuals. You have different goals and objectives that may not be mutually compatible. You also have different work habits and methodologies that likewise may not be mutually compatible.

Tips for drafting an enforceable noncompete agreement

As a Massachusetts small business owner, you probably have certain processes, routines or trade secrets that give you an edge over your competitors. While these routines, processes or trade secrets are undoubtedly valuable to your business, they can also cause it harm if they fall into the wrong hands. At Kajko, Weisman & Colasanti, LLP, we recognize that carefully crafted noncompete agreements can help you protect your business's bread and butter, and we have helped many Massachusetts business owners take steps to safeguard their private information.

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