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Understanding common business dispute types

On Behalf of | Mar 9, 2024 | Blog, Business Disputes

Business conflicts happen daily. Knowing some facts about them will contribute to long-term business success and stability.

Businesses can foster healthier relationships by identifying and addressing common sources of disputes. Good relationships with those you work with can go a long way toward minimizing future issues.

Breach of contract

Breach of contract disputes arise when one party fails to fulfill the terms of a legally binding agreement. These conflicts often involve disagreements over the quality of goods or services. Other causes are clashes, such as missed deadlines or non-payment issues. You can have a breach of contract with customers, suppliers or business partners.


Partnership disagreements may stem from differing visions for the company. Common problems involve financial disputes or clashes over the division of responsibilities. It is important to work on communication skills with your partners.


Employment disputes encompass many types, such as wrongful termination, discrimination or compensation. These conflicts often cause legal action. Routine compliance with employment laws and regulations can reduce them.

Intellectual property

Intellectual property disputes involve conflicts over IP ownership, use or infringement. This property includes trademarks, patents or copyrights. Having clear definitions of IP rights and legal uses can reduce these problems.

Commercial lease

Commercial lease disputes revolve around disagreements between landlords and tenants. Issues may include lease terms, property maintenance or conflicts over rent.


Dissatisfied customers are sometimes the source of customer disputes. Common issues include disputes over product quality, delivery delays or billing discrepancies. Customer service representatives handle most of these before they become legal issues. It is important to have policies in place to minimize dissatisfaction.

Understanding the various types of business disputes is important for entrepreneurs. Proactive measures like clear contracts and communication protocols can help with conflicts before they escalate. Drafting clear and comprehensive agreements can also help.