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Posted: April 21, 2016

Client Q&A: My Business Just Got A Notice Saying That The Landlord Will Terminate Its Lease!

Help! My Business Just Got A Notice Saying That The Landlord Will Terminate Its Lease! By Niall D. O’Murchadha Conflict with a landlord is a common problem faced by businesses both large and small. The standard New York commercial lease follows this pattern: (1) if the landlord claims that the tenant has breached the lease, either by failing to pay...

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Posted: April 12, 2016

Client Q&A: I have a legal emergency! What can you do right now?

I have a legal emergency! What can you do right now? By John M. Lundin The wheels of justice can move slowly. Complex commercial cases can take years to resolve, even if the court and the parties do not delay. Sometimes, “justice delayed is justice denied,” and you need a court’s help immediately to prevent imminent (or already occurring) serious...

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Posted: March 21, 2016

Client Q&A: My friends and I jointly own a corporation and an LLC, but disagree about everything lately. How can I get out of the business?

My friends and I jointly own a corporation and an LLC, but disagree about everything lately. How can I get out of the business? By Vitali S. Rosenfeld Separating from one’s business partners in a closely held entity—commonly known as business divorce—is a distinct area of modern commercial law generating a lot of litigation. Like any other dispute, it may...

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Posted: March 7, 2016

Client Q&A: My old boss’s lawyers are sending threatening letters to my new boss. What can I do?

My old boss’s lawyers are sending threatening letters to my new boss. What can I do? By Niall D. O’Murchadha The “threatening attorney letter” is a common feature of many of the business-related disputes discussed in these Client Q&As. If you suspect that a former (or current) employee or business partner is about to breach a non-compete agreement with you,...

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Posted: February 29, 2016

Client Q&A: I have a contract with a foreign government-owned company that has refused to pay me. Can I sue it in the United States?

I have a contract with a foreign government-owned company that has refused to pay me. Can I sue it in the United States? By Vitali S. Rosenfeld As discussed in a prior post, dealing with foreign parties adds a level of complexity to any litigation. But suing a company owned by a foreign state is a unique endeavor governed by...

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Posted: January 25, 2016

Client Q&A: Help! My Adversary Is Being Represented By My Old Lawyer. What Can I Do?

Help! My Adversary Is Being Represented By My Old Lawyer. What Can I Do? By Niall D. O’Murchadha Whether or not a lawyer can continue to represent his or her client in a particular action is quite a common question, and the answer can be complicated and fact-specific. This post sets out the general rules that govern attempts to prevent...

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Posted: December 22, 2015

Client Q&A: It looks like I am being sued, but I am not sure the lawsuit has been properly commenced.

It looks like I am being sued, but I am not sure the lawsuit has been properly commenced. By Bradley J. Nash The first step in commencing a lawsuit in New York is filing a summons and complaint in Court. But before the case really starts, the plaintiff must deliver the summons and complaint to the defendant through one of...

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Posted: November 30, 2015

Client Q&A: I am a shareholder in a family-owned business. I think that CEO of the company has been taking advantage of us. Besides firing her, is there anything we can do?

By John M. Lundin Shareholders own the corporation, but the directors and the officers they employ run it. Making sure that corporate officers act in the best interests of the shareholders, who own the company, rather than themselves, is one of the fundamental problems of corporate law. Fiduciary Duties A corporate officer has a fiduciary duty to the corporation and...

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Posted: November 16, 2015

Client Q&A: Responding to a Subpoena in a Criminal Matter

Responding to a Subpoena in a Criminal Matter By Michael A. Battle In Law enforcement has asked me for information about my business. What should I do?, Schlam Stone & Dolan partner Michael A. Battle explained the first steps you should take when contacted by law enforcement. This post discusses the next step, responding to a government subpoena. Now that...

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