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Litigation can jeopardize a company's future and drain resources

Owners of commercial property in Texas and other states always have to live with the threat of lawsuits filed against them. Whenever the owner of a building provides apartment units for rent, there will be potential commercial landlord-tenant disputes. When negotiations cannot resolve disagreements, costly litigation may follow.

A building owner in another state is facing a lawsuit that was filed by a tenant who alleges that he and the other tenants in the building are constantly exposed to toxic dust clouds. According to the complaint, since renovations started on the building in Dec. 2014, tenants have had to breathe air contaminated with lead, asbestos, crystalline, gypsum, silicates and more. The lawsuit claims that these and other substances are poisonous and carcinogenic.

Furthermore, the landlord is accused of continuing to expose the plaintiff and other tenants to hazardous conditions with the aim of getting them out of the building. He alleges the building owner is violating the basic statutory and common law rights of the tenants. Further allegations say the permit applications for the renovations neglected to mention that there were people occupying units in the building and that there would be an asbestos hazard.

The last thing any Texas business owner wants is to have his and his family's livelihood threatened by legal disputes. Litigation of such claims can jeopardize the future of the company and drain resources. The most logical step to take might be to consult with an experienced business law attorney who is as skilled in negotiating fair settlements as in litigating and protecting the rights of business owners in the courtroom.

Source: dnainfo.com, "Landlord Using 'Constant Cloud of Toxic Smoke' to Evict Tenants, Suit Says", Maya Rajamani, March 15, 2017

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