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Client Q & A

Answers to common client questions.
Posted: June 29, 2015

Client Q&A: I just got cheated out of a lot of money, but I hear that big New York law firms charge as much as $1,000 an hour. There is no way I can pay that! What can I do?

I just got cheated out of a lot of money, but I hear that big New York law firms charge as much as $1,000 an hour. There is no way I can pay that! What can I do? By Erik S. Groothuis. It is a common misconception that attorneys will only agree to take on matters where they are compensated...

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Posted: June 16, 2015

Client Q&A: My insurer has refused to pay for my defense of a claim against me. What can I do?

My insurer has refused to pay for my defense of a claim against me. What can I do? By Bradley J. Nash Defending a lawsuit can be an expensive proposition—the costs may even exceed the defendant’s ultimate liability in the case. In some instances, the defendant’s insurance carrier may be obligated to provide a defense for the lawsuit or otherwise...

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Posted in Client Q & A, Insurance
Posted: May 18, 2015

Client Q&A: What is Mediation?

My company has a dispute with a vendor, and our contract says we have to mediate before anyone files a lawsuit. What’s mediation? By John M. Lundin In a mediation, a neutral third party—a mediator—tries to help the parties reach a mutually-agreeable negotiated resolution to their dispute. The thing that distinguishes mediation from arbitration or litigation in court is that,...

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Posted: May 8, 2015

Client Q&A: What is FINRA and how can it help me?

I think my stockbroker cheated me. When I complained, they said something about FINRA. What is FINRA and how can it help me? By Erik S. Groothuis. What is FINRA? When customers sign brokerage agreements, somewhere in the fine print they almost always agree to waive their rights to sue either the brokerage firm or its employees in court. Instead,...

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Posted: April 21, 2015

Client Q&A: I just found out that a default judgment was entered against me in a lawsuit. What do I do?

I just found out that a default judgment was entered against me in a lawsuit. What do I do? By Bradley J. Nash In general, courts resolve disputes on the merits. However, when a defendant receives proper notice of a lawsuit and fails to appear to defend the action within the prescribed time limit, the court may enter a default...

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Posted: April 6, 2015

Client Q&A: How can I get rid of a baseless lawsuit without going all the way to trial?

How can I get rid of a baseless lawsuit without going all the way to trial? By Vitali S. Rosenfeld To state the obvious, litigation is time-consuming and expensive. Litigating a business dispute all the way to trial is likely to take years and may cost thousands or even millions of dollars. If you have been sued, are you doomed...

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Posted: March 23, 2015

Client Q&A: Should I sign a non-compete agreement? How will it be enforced?

Should I sign a non-compete agreement? How will it be enforced? By Niall D. O’Murchadha Non-compete agreements are a recurring issue faced by both employers and employees. These contractual provisions are often an issue of concern both when contracts are being negotiated and when such a provision may need to be enforced. So how do courts treat non-compete agreements? Two...

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Posted: March 9, 2015

Client Q&A: Can we throw out our old files?

Can we throw out our old files? By John M. Lundin If you’ve been involved in a business-related lawsuit in the past fifteen years, you probably got the lecture about the importance of preserving evidence relating to the lawsuit and the negative consequences of failing to do so. It is not unheard of in big commercial litigations for the parties...

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