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Answers to common client questions.
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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Posted: February 10, 2015

Client Q&A: I’m a shareholder in a small company and the other shareholders are not being fair to me. What can I do?

I’m a shareholder in a small company and the other shareholders are not being fair to me. What can I do? By Bradley J. Nash Introduction It is a familiar scenario: Three friends start a small business, each contributing capital and/or sweat equity to get the enterprise off the ground. They organize themselves as a corporation, but for the most...

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Posted: January 26, 2015

Client Q&A: The contract I signed has an arbitration clause, does that mean I cannot file a lawsuit?

The contract I signed has an arbitration clause, does that mean I cannot file a lawsuit? By John M. Lundin In the past several decades, it has become increasingly common that business- and consumer-related contracts provide that a dispute over the contract has to be decided by one or more arbitrators–private persons chosen by the parties–rather than a court. Arbitration,...

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Posted: January 12, 2015

Client Q&A: We had an agreement, but . . .

We had an agreement, but . . . By Vitali S. Rosenfeld If lawyers had their way, every business transaction would be documented by a comprehensive written contract signed by everyone involved. But the reality is often different. Sometimes the parties discuss additional terms that are not included in the written agreement. Sometimes the parties exchange multiple emails and it...

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Posted in Client Q & A, Contracts
Posted: December 1, 2014

Client Q & A: How do I make sure my confidential information is protected during litigation?

How do I make sure my confidential information is protected during litigation? By Erik S. Groothuis The discovery process in modern litigation is very broad—all documents potentially relevant to the disputed issues are in play. That means that in almost every commercial case it is possible that sensitive, proprietary, or otherwise confidential information will have to be turned over to...

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