Recently, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued an important opinion in the case of Bell Prods. v. Hosp. Bldg. & Equip. Co. The court ruled that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts a California state statute that requires that arbitration proceedings must remain in state. The decision could potentially have significant ramifications for California businesses and contractors who deal with out of state firms.
Many contract disputes arise over ambiguous terms. If you find yourself in this situation, you need to take swift legal action to protect the interests of your business. An experienced San Jose business contract disputes attorney can help. In many cases, resolving an ambiguity in a contract becomes extremely complex. It is important to understand the basic steps that are required by California law in order to attempt to reach an equitable resolution.
In California, it is unlawful to engage in deception in the effort to induce another party into entering into a contract. Deceptive acts during the negotiation of a contract could lead to a legal claim known as 'fraudulent inducement'. Put simply, if your company was intentionally misled into signing a contract, you have legal options. To learn more about fraudulent inducement, please contact an experienced California fraud litigation attorney for immediate legal assistance.