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July 2012 Archives

DirecTV and Viacom struggle in contract dispute

Have you been missing your favorite television show as of late? Florida 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 their channels until a resolution is made.

Business litigation: manufacturer vs. AT&T

In recent business news, Florida residents will be interested to learn that a manufacturer has decided to continue with its countersuit against AT&T, even though the telephone company dropped its original suit against Todd Tool & Abrasive Systems, Inc. This business litigation case reportedly started when AT&T sued the manufacturer for $1.15 million, stemming from phone calls allegedly made to Somalia after a hacking of the company's phone lines. Todd Tool countersued AT&T, alleging unfair trade practices against the telecommunications behemoth.

BP seeks to eliminate discriminatory practices

It's always good when an employer works hard to implement a solid working environment. If a company has had a history of employment discrimination, the best thing that the business can do is work on a positive, discriminatory-free future. That was the case in a recent story, which dates back to 2010.

Supreme Court ponders the definition of a 'supervisor'

Florida attorneys know that an entire case can turn on a simple word. Sometimes, the interpretation of phrase can greatly influence how a specific law is interpreted. In recent news, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide the following issue, which concerns an issue of interpretation: Should employers be liable for their supervisors' harassment only when the supervisor oversees the employee, or must the supervisor have the authority to hire and fire the employee? All of this depends on one's definition of "supervisor."

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