Understanding all the regulations your business may need to follow, along with the accompanying permits, can be a major hurdle for any small business owner. Failing to color inside the lines with environmental regulations can not only land your company in hot water with the government, but you may also incur a substantial amount of liability should your practices lead to injuries. Here’s how our lawyers help business owners avoid commercial litigation before it has the chance to rear it’s ugly paperwork head.
Do I Need Permits to Operate my Business?
Almost every type of business needs at least one permit to operate legally.
Unlicensed operation is a red flag for state and federal regulatory bodies. If your company will be releasing pollutants into the air, sewer, ground or water, permits are almost a foregone conclusion. The same is true, if your business ships goods within your state and to locations outside of it.
With environmental practices, you need certification to show that your business understands the dangers of these compounds and how to dispose of them properly. Without the proper training and certification, there’s a risk your company could harm the surrounding community with its disposal practices, and those affected by your actions may gain the ability to pursue your company for their damages.
Where Do I Go to for Help?
Every state has agencies dedicated to licensing for specific industries. For example, if you’re operating a restaurant, you’ll need certification and a valid inspection from your state health department. If your company conducts asbestos abatement, you may need a permit from both federal and state agencies to operate legally. Visit your state’s official website for more information, or contact a business litigation lawyer in your area and they can point you in the right direction after a brief consultation.
Your business may not be able to open for business legally until you’ve received all necessary permits and licenses from the appropriate agencies and organizations. Doing so is an important step in your company’s development, and not one you should skip or seek to circumvent.
What Happens if my Business is Sued?
A lawsuit filed against your business is a serious matter, but it doesn’t need to be the end of the world. The most important thing to do when you receive notification of suit, is answering the complaint with your intend to attend the hearing. Then, hire an attorney. Missing the court date allows the other side to obtain a default judgment against your company. Basically, the plaintiff wins without needing to present much evidence and you lose your best opportunity to get the accusations against your business dismissed.
If your small business finds itself in the midst of a commercial litigation matter, you need dedicated business attorneys to defend your establishment and develop an effective strategy to eliminate that threat. Contact our law offices today to speak in private with our legal team about the matter currently facing your company. You’ve worked all your life to build the business you want. Allow our professionals the opportunity to preserve your investment through experienced application of proven negotiation and courtroom strategies.