Ordinarily, Fox News is responsible for bringing the news to homes across the country and here in Georgia. This time, however, the network is the subject of headlines now that its contract dispute with Dish Network seems to be over. Since Dec. 22, Dish customers across the country have found a black screen where the Fox News Channel used to be while the two sides argued over carriage fees, tiers and new venues.
For months now, the movement of goods out of one of the busiest ports in the country has at times trickled to a crawl or even stopped. The cause is a contract dispute between the dockworkers union and its employers. As any Georgia business owner knows, these types of contract disputes can cost the business involved, and possibly others, a significant amount of money.
One of the first things we are taught as children is to always keep promises. People usually find this lesson to be useful at all stages of life. Of course, this is a particularly important concept when it comes to doing business in Georgia or in any other state. Failure to keep one's promises in business can result in a contract dispute.
Any Georgia company that deals with employment contracts can understand how delicate and time consuming negotiations can be. Therefore, it may not be difficult to understand the contentious nature of the contract dispute that has gone on for 18 months between an out-of-state hospital, a physician's union and the medical center's Committee of Residents and Interns. The controversy surrounded a bonus tied to the cost-of-living and a demand for the hospital to establish a fund for doctors to purchase equipment and medications needed for patient care.
It is not uncommon for companies to allow other companies to use patented materials, so long as they are paid royalties for their use. Therefore, it may not surprise Georgia residents that Microsoft entered into an agreement with Samsung to allow the company to use some of Microsoft's patented materials relating to smartphones in 2011. Sometime later, a contract dispute erupted between the parties, and Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against Samsung.
Georgia music fans may already know that any time an entertainer agrees to a live performance in a particular venue, a contract is ordinarily drawn up to solidify the date and time, place and compensation for the appearance. When one party breaches that contract for any reason, the resulting contract dispute may end up in court. For instance, a popular country music duo agreed to perform at an out-of-state festival for $450,000.
When two parties enter into a contract, each party provides the other with some sort of consideration. That consideration can consist of goods, money or services. When one party fails to provide to the other party what was promised, a contract dispute can erupt and possibly even end up in court. This is a possibility with a contract between the city of Atlanta and the Atlanta Public Schools.
It is possible that Dish Network and Disney could end up in the same predicament as CBS and Time Warner were in recently. Their contract is up on Sept. 30, and without a resolution to their contract dispute, there could be another blackout. The 14 million Dish Network subscribers, many of whom live here in Georgia, may be hoping the dispute ends soon.
Creating a contract for employment is very important when companies begin on a project. However, contract disputes can easily arise when one or both parties do not follow the guidelines set forth in their agreements. When a breach of contract occurs, a vast amount of money and time could be lost, and companies may wish to pursue legal action in order to gain some sort of compensation for the defunct agreement.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes provisions concerning wages, and employers are expected to follow these regulations. When companies fail to do so, they may face legal action by their employees. A company in based in Carrollton, Georgia recently had to pay $226,000 in back wages to contractors they hired, which included overtime pay and regular wages.