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Atmosphere of harassment leads store to close

When you run a business, you have to believe in good faith. While you still will rely on your contracts and other legal documents to enforce your rights, you recognize that it is essential that you presume individuals and other businesses want to operate in the arena of good faith and fair dealing.

 

The first time someone breaches one of your contracts, it may come as a shock. Or you may have seen the other business was in trouble and knew of the potential for problems, but you wanted to help them by continuing to do business with them. Some transactions are always a calculated risk.

But sometimes a business dispute can take on a life of its own. It no longer is a single, discrete transaction; it can become an all-consuming problem that threatens to overwhelm your business.

It is unclear exactly what has generated the ill will directed towards the owners of a pottery shop in Red Wing, but they now have announced the closing of their store due to the harassment they have felt has been directed towards their business.

They have a business dispute involving alleged trademark infringement with another entity in Red Wing, and it appears that that lawsuit may be the source of the bad feelings and harassment.

Other legal actions a business can take when it feels threatened by the behavior of other businesses include tortious interference claims. In this case, it appears the owners feel "worn out, stressed out and exhausted from being bullied," from the situation and they have decided it is no longer worth their time fighting.

Running a business can be stressful, but you never want to see it come to a situation such as this, where the owners decide to throw in the towel and close. The good news is they will continue to operate the online portion of their business.

Source: twincities.com, "Red Wing Pottery store to close; owner cites harassment," Nick Woltman, November 24, 2015

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