5 Types of Business Disputes a Massachusetts Business Mediator Can Solve

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5 Types of Business Disputes a Massachusetts Business Mediator Can Solve

In comparison to litigation, business mediation in Massachusetts offers a much more reasonable and effective way to resolve business conflicts. Any business can have a dispute during the course of its commercial activity with a competitor, supplier, customer, employee, shareholder, or business partner. 

An experienced Massachusetts mediator can help the involved parties successfully resolve any business dispute, irrespective of the nature of the conflict. Here are five common business disputes that can be resolved most effectively with the help of skilled business mediator in Massachusetts. 

Partnership Disputes

Partnerships almost always begin with a high level of mutual trust and confidence. But as the business progresses and stakes become higher, one of the partners might argue that they deserve a better share of the profits. In some cases, a partner may want to exit the partnership while retaining the intellectual property rights to the product or brand with them. 

Partnership disputes could even arise regarding business execution style and strategy. For instance, one of the partners may insist that the business should invest in a new product line or spend more or marketing or R&D, while others may disagree, leading to a dispute. A skilled Massachusetts mediator can help resolve these disputes among partners quickly and efficiently. 

Shareholder Disputes

Shareholders have a financial stake and would always want to ensure that the business is run efficiently and transparently. Poor governance or bad business decisions of the management can cause losses to shareholders. If the shareholders are concerned that management decisions or attitude is hurting their interests, they may decide to take legal action. 

Individual shareholders may also have disputes related to their voting rights, dividend payouts or other matters. Business mediation in Massachusetts is often the best way to resolve shareholder disputes.

Employment Disputes

Employee discrimination or retaliatory action of the employer, working in unsafe conditions, denial of benefits, facing a hostile work environment, and illegal firing or layoff are some of the common reasons of employment disputes in Massachusetts

Disputes may also arise between the management and contract workers if there is a contractual violation. A business mediator in Massachusetts can help both sides agree to a resolution without having to go to the court.  

Breach of Contract

Contractual obligations are intertwined in virtually every aspect of the business, including employment contracts, M&A agreements, vendor and customer relationships, franchise contracts, and shareholder agreements. A breach of contract may occur when one of the parties violates a contractual obligation. 

Disputes related to contracts may also arise when both parties differ on the interpretation of certain clause in the contract. Businesses should choose a seasoned Massachusetts mediator to resolve breach of contract disputes. 

Customer Disputes

Customers may sue a business for false advertising, unfair pricing, defective products, or mistreatment of the customer from the business management. Serious customer disputes are not the typical consumer complaints of dissatisfaction, but could involve large claims for damages. It may be best to resolve customer disputes swiftly and amicably through business mediation. 

Call a Skilled Massachusetts Business Mediator Today

The legal team at Shapiro Mediation understands how stressful being involved in a lawsuit is. Led by attorney Anna Shapiro, Esq., Shapiro Mediation Services is by your side to answer questions and figure out the best path forward. Call 617.765.1040 today to schedule a free consultation at our Massachusetts or South Florida office, or contact us online.