Understanding a Breach of Contract

Contracts have been the backbone of every business for decades. They set out the terms and conditions for agreements between parties, and they ensure that everyone involved knows exactly what is expected of them. But what happens when one party fails to live up to their end of the bargain?

What is a Breach of Contract?

When one party to a contract does not fulfill their obligations under the agreement, this is known as a breach of contract. This can happen when one party fails to perform their duties, does not meet the agreed-upon timeline, or violates the terms of the contract in some other way.

To prove a breach of contract, you must show that while both understood they were under an agreement, you held your side while the other side did not, resulting in you suffering damage.

Breach of Contract Types

The two most common types of contract breaches are material and minor (immaterial). A material breach of contract is a failure to fulfill some major obligation under the agreement. This can include things like failing to deliver a product or service, not completing a project on time, or failing to meet quality standards. A minor breach (also called an immaterial breach) is a less serious failure to perform an obligation under the agreement.

There is also an anticipatory breach of contract, which occurs when one party tells the other before the contract has ended that they will not be able to fulfill their agreement. If you sustained any of the breaches, a remedy may be available. To learn more about the types of contract breaches and what you can recover, contact a business law attorney.

Breach of contract is a concept that business owners should be aware of to protect their interests. They are common. Understanding the basics of breach of contract under business law can help you recognize when one has occurred, allowing you to take steps to remedy it.

Additionally, being familiar with these concepts from the outset can also help you prevent such issues from occurring by drafting contracts that are clear and legally enforceable.

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We are thrilled to announce that Muneeb Ahmad, Managing Partner at Just Right Law, has been selected to the 2023 Michigan Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers, a respected rating service of outstanding lawyers, recognizes only the top attorneys in each state. Each year, their research team evaluates candidates from over 70 practice areas for this honor. Only five percent of lawyers in the state are chosen.

Muneeb M. Ahmad is a highly skilled attorney with 15 years of experience in immigration, active litigation, and transaction law. His practice focuses in various areas of law, including immigration, contracts, employment, real estate, business, and insurance.

In addition to making the Super Lawyers list this year, Mr. Ahmad has made the list each consecutive year since 2021. Previously, he had also been honored with making the Michigan Rising Stars list from 2013 to 2017.

Whistleblowers play a vital role in discovering and prosecuting illegal acts such as fraud in our economy. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure whistleblowers can come forward with the confidence that state and federal laws will protect them from retaliation.

Fortunately, many laws protect whistleblowers who uncover misdeeds such as fraud, wage theft, and discrimination, including:

Other industry-specific laws protect some workers or cover specific types of violations. A knowledgeable employment law attorney can help you protect your rights under all whistleblower protection laws.

Act Quickly to Protect Your Legal and Financial Interests

Each source of protection has its legal limits, administrative or procedural processes, and applicable reporting deadlines – some as short as 30 days.

If you are a whistleblower, it is crucial to move quickly with the help of experienced counsel who understands how to navigate the justice system for your benefit. Contact us today for a consultation.

In a significant development, the lawyers of Just Right Law filed a  lawsuit on October 30, 2023, against the City of Burton, Michigan, along with several individuals and entities, by Just Right Law. This legal action comes as a response to the pervasive discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation faced by two female officers and the Chief of Police in the City of Burton. Attorneys Muneeb M. Ahmad and Syed Hussain Akbar of Just Right Law have investigated the case thoroughly and found it to be justified and supported by evidence.

The Lawsuit Details

The lawsuit targets several parties, including Officers Kevin Jones, Kevin Kissel, and Dana Piazza, along with Councilwoman Tina Conley, for their roles in perpetuating a hostile environment characterized by discrimination based on National Origin, Sex, and Sexual Orientation.

In addition, the lawsuit seeks to hold the City of Burton, the Police Officers Labor Council for Command Officers, and Patrol Offices liable for their discriminatory and retaliatory toxic police culture, customs,  policies, and practices that target racial and ethnic minorities, females and/or LGBTQ police officers and employees within the City’s Police Department.

The Evidence

The evidence presented in the lawsuit highlights the City of Burton’s complicity in fostering a pervasive and toxic police culture within its Police Department. This environment subjected Plaintiffs to a hostile work environment, encompassing discrimination based on race, ethnicity, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, and associational discrimination. The lawsuit points to instances where Individual Defendants sought to undermine the authority and tarnish the reputation of Chief Ross, Sergeant Glasstetter, and Officer Conquest with knowingly false and defamatory narratives.

Furthermore, the evidence confirms that after reporting this discriminatory and retaliatory environment to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Defendant Councilwoman Tina Conley retaliated against Plaintiffs by targeting Sergeant Glasstetter with a false accusation of misconduct, which was later found to have no basis.

A Toxic Culture

The lawsuit reveals a pervasive and toxic culture within the City of Burton’s police department that discriminates against women, racial minorities, the LGBTQ community, and those who support these protected classes. This culture is not limited to patrol officers but is also prevalent among command staff. What makes matters worse is the City’s inaction despite numerous internal and external complaints regarding this discriminatory behavior.

A Call for Change

This lawsuit is a response to a concerted effort to intentionally retaliate against individuals who bravely stood up to the discriminatory and hostile conduct they faced. Just Right Law aims to hold those responsible accountable and effectuate much-needed change in how the City addresses claims of discrimination and the toxic, discriminatory culture that plagues its Police Department.

Just Right Law’s lawsuit against the City of Burton, Michigan, and various individuals and entities sheds light on the urgent need to address discrimination and retaliation within the City’s Police Department. It represents an opportunity to heal wounds and bring about positive change that will benefit all members of the community.

The press is encouraged to share this information with the public, and inquiries can be directed to Just Right Law for further information.

Starting a business in Michigan comes with its fair share of pivotal decisions. Among the most consequential is the type of business entity you opt for. This choice can profoundly impact your venture’s legal, financial, and operational dimensions. At Just Right Law, we pride ourselves on delivering tailored legal solutions that empower our clients to make informed choices​.

Sole Proprietorships

Sole Proprietorships are the most straightforward entities to establish. They require no formal registration, and you can operate under your own name or a DBA. The primary advantage is the ease of starting up and having direct control over business affairs. However, the downside is the unlimited personal liability you bear, coupled with limited avenues for fundraising.

Partnerships

Partnerships, on the other hand, are arrangements between two or more individuals. While some partnerships might necessitate state registration, the essence lies in the mutual agreement. The combined skillsets and resources can be a boon, facilitating shared responsibilities. That said, partners need to be wary of the fact that they could be personally liable for all of the partnership’s debts and the potential for internal disputes.

LLCs

LLCs (Limited Liability Companies) strike a balance between simplicity and formality. To set up an LLC, one must file articles of organization with the state. In addition, you should draft an operating agreement, but there is no requirement to do so or register it with the state. The primary benefit of an LLC is that you will be protected from personal liability for business debts – provided you follow certain formalities. Liability protection is a significant draw, along with management flexibility and possible tax benefits. However, they come with their own set of challenges, including more paperwork than sole proprietorships and potential self-employment taxes.

Corporations

Lastly, Corporations are more complex entities, requiring founders to file Articles of Incorporation, establish bylaws, and appoint directors. They are favored for their limited liability provisions, the ease of raising capital, and the potential for an enduring existence. But they also have their downsides, like the risk of double taxation and a higher regulatory burden.

Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Michigan Business Lawyer

The business entity you choose should align with your vision, risk appetite, and financial considerations. At Just Right Law, our commitment is to ensure your business’s foundational decisions are made with clarity and conviction, rooted in open, honest, and frank communication. To schedule a consultation with a business lawyer in Michigan, call our office today at (248) 519-2313 or contact us online.