Vendor Contracts and Disputes


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A vendor is someone who is selling or renting to you any of the materials, merchandise, parts, supplies, services, equipment or anything else that you need to run your business. Most of the non-payroll checks that you write are to your vendors.

Problems with vendors arise all of the time in all kinds of settings; maybe the item arrived late, or was defective, or in some other way just did not meet what was promised or what you expected. This can lead to a dispute with your vendor. Most commonly, vendor disputes are the result of misunderstandings, but they are legal in nature and can have severe economic consequences. If you are withholding payment to a vendor over a dispute, and the vendor reports the nonpayment to a credit reporting agency, it can hurt your company’s credit rating.

Small businesses cannot afford to spend time and energy on vendor disputes. When a vendor presents you with a contract to sign, a small business lawyer from DailyGC™ will work with you to clarify terms, protect your rights and minimize the likelihood of a dispute. And if you have a dispute with a vendor, we will review it with you, evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your position, and advise you on a productive course for resolving it quickly. We’ll also show you ways to avoid vendor disputes in the future.

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At DailyGC, we provide legal advice and counsel on the full range of legal problems and legal-related business issues that small businesses and startups routinely face in their management, sales, operations and administration. The following are examples of these kinds of problems. You may use these descriptions on your Priority Issues Identifier Form� or you may write your own descriptions.
Business Contracts and Relations:
� Customer Contracts and Disputes
� Vendor Contracts and Disputes
� Collections
� Bank/Lender Relations and Issues
� Landlord/Tenant Relations and Issues
� Bonding/Insurance
� Nondisclosure and Confidentiality Agreements
� Procurement and Management of Outside Counsel
� Recruiting/Hiring Practices
� Employment Agreements
� Employee Compensation and Benefits
� Employee Manuals, Policies and Procedures
� Compliance with Government-Required Benefits Programs
� Payroll Compliance with Court Orders
� Discrimination and Harassment Claims
� Management and Discipline of Problem Employees
� Terminations
� Unemployment Insurance Claims
� COBRA Procedures
� Hiring Independent Contractors
Dispute Resolution:
� Case Analysis and Assessment
� Mediation/Arbitration
� Strategies for Litigation, Discovery and Negotiation
� Settlement Analysis
General Corporate:
� Entity formation
� Corporate Governance and Record-Keeping
� Shareholder Relations
� Compliance with Governmental Regulations
� Compliance with Corporate Contractual Obligations
� Contract Review, Analysis and Negotiation Coaching