The holiday season is upon us and you know what that means – great food, endless celebrations, and a rise in lawsuits. Yes, lawsuits. These are actually very common following the holidays. Here are the top five:
Child Custody Disagreements
Emotions run high around the holiday season, especially for newly divorced parents who can’t agree on the visitation schedule. But parents who skirt on their separation and custody agreements often face child custody cases and lawsuits after the holidays. If you’re having custody disagreements, it’s better to work those out instead of seeing how far you can push your ex-spouse. In the event that things go sour and your child custody battles escalate, you can always contact a lawyer to talk it out in meditation to find some common ground.
Fair Labour Suits
A vast number of the wrongful termination suits we file take place around the holidays. Our law firm also mediates a number of situations every holiday season related to withheld vacation time pay and overtime pay.
The counterfeit market is on the rise. Fake luxury products and knockoffs are not only sold online, they also end up in many stores that are unknown to the owner. Designers and manufacturers seeking damages for illegal imitations of their creations often file suits against the perpetrators during this time of year. Charges against companies that sell faulty products to consumers that are faulty or quickly break are also common following the holidays.
The holidays are a joyful time filled with many celebrations at home and work that include alcoholic beverages. Consuming high amounts of alcohol can lead to inappropriate behaviour and even sexual harassment charges.
Accident and Injury
The winter weather combined with the holiday season creates many precarious situations. People are also in a rush to get their shopping done and are not always paying attention to their surroundings. Combine icy roads and walkways with the holiday rush and the result is many dangerous situations, including serious slip and fall accidents, car accidents and more.
Many holiday-related lawsuits can be settled out of court and in private mediation. If you have been injured on someone else’s property or wrongfully terminated and are looking to sue, contact us at Zuber Brioux and we’ll help you understand all of your options.