DEP will try to mediate business disputes before going to court

A new program is in the works at the Department of Environmental Protection to mediate business disputes between the DEP and other companies, such as land developers, before going to court.

The new program, called the Office of Dispute Resolution will be helping the DEP avoid the lengthy court process by having two sides deliberate behind closed doors.

The department will be lead by a woman who has spent most of her 24-year career negotiating settlements. Disputes that will be mediated are compliance issues, fines, land use permits and more.

If you are in the middle of a business dispute and you need experienced representation on your side to help you in this difficult time. Contact the Des Moines business dispute lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling (877) 327-2600 today.



U.S. Foodservice settles dispute with Deparment of Justice

U.S. Foodservice has agreed to pay $30 million to settle a dispute that spurred from claims arising from a federal investigation.

The Department of Justice conducted a federal investigation alleging that the company improperly priced their government contracts between the years of 2002 and 2005.

The company has denied these claims and has said that they have done nothing wrong. The company distributes food to hospitals, schools, hotels, government entities and restaurants.

If you or a loved one is in the middle of a contract dispute with their business, you need experienced representation on your side during this difficult time. Contact the Des Moines contract dispute lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling (877) 327-2600 today.



Worker killed in Iowa construction accident

A former University of Iowa swimmer died after injuries he sustained while working on a renovation project at the university’s Boyd Law Building.

The 49-year-old man was injured while working for Swanson Glass, a sub-contractor that was working on the exterior of the building, but the details of the accident are unknown.

The man was rushed to the hospital to be treated for his injuries, but two days later he succumbed to them. University officials have not commented on the accident.

Worker injury can change the lives of an entire family, our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim.



Three arrested in $103 million fraud case

Three Texas businessmen have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a $100 million fraud case.

The three men allegedly defrauded investors, many elderly people, out of millions of dollars in a fraud case that involved 800 victims in 37 states and Canada. The federal grand jury in Richmond indicted the three men on charges of mail fraud, money laundering, securities fraud and conspiracy.

The three men were principals at A&O Life Funds and other companies and they led people to believe that their investments were risk-free and they also guaranteed double-digit returns. Instead of setting the investors money aside, they used it to buy items for themselves and fund a fancy lifestyle.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of business fraud, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Des Moines business fraud and theft lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling (877) 327-2600 today.



Joint ventures announced by Inland Real Estate Corporation

Inland Real Estate Corporation has announced a joint venture between themselves and Inland Real Estate Exchange Corporation and the Farnam Tech Center.

The company that was purchased was a comprised of two, two-story office buildings and totaled 118,000-square-feet. The acquisition was made for $18 million and the purchase was made in late July.

In August, IRC made another purchase, Copps Food Center a division of Roundy’s Supermarket, Inc. The company owns 155 retail grocery stores in three different states and was purchased for $11.7 million. The building is 61,048-square-feet in the metro area of Wisconsin.

If you or your business are in the middle of a business transaction or real estate litigation, contact the Des Moines real estate litigation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling (877) 327-2600.



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