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Articles relating to dispute resolution, lawsuits, litigation, settlement agreements, etc.

Beware of Real Estate Contracts

Although more common on the residential side, business owners sometimes sign real estate contracts instead of mortgages as a way to get into the property fast. Real estate contracts may seem ideal for individuals or businesses who aren’t able to purchase property outright. However, before buying through a contract, there are some serious pitfalls to […]

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GM files racketeering lawsuit

General Motors recently filed an unprecedented federal racketeering lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler They are accusing their rival of bribing United Auto Workers officials to give the company an unfair cost advantage by corrupting the bargaining process, leading to billions in losses for GM. GM alleges a pattern of racketeering by FCA occurring from 2009 to […]

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Co-working Agreements

These days, flexibility is the name of the game when it comes to working in a wide range of industries. Inspired by companies like Impact Hub and WeWork, entrepreneurs and building owners (or even tenants) with extra space are looking to cash in on the co-working space movement. While entering the shared space industry involves […]

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Bad Business Partners

I find myself writing about my clients and their bad business partners with the same sentiment and phrases that I would probably tell the story of my failed marriage with.   They all start out the same. On paper, they seemed so right.  Similar background, seemingly shared goals and vison for the future.  Seemingly similar intellect.  […]

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Contract Tip: Attorneys Fees

The notion of the concept of “attorneys fees” sounds so self-serving coming from the fingertips of this small business lawyer. The thing is, if a contract has a fair-and-balanced “attorneys fees provision” in it, such a clause greatly reduces the risk of a long, expensive and protracted lawsuit in a dispute. Furthermore, it greatly increases […]

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Avoiding a Narcissistic Partner

I say this often, and it’s unfortunately true: About a third of this firm’s revenue comes from bad partnership breakups and disputes. The problem for most people, is they are all too quick to jump into a partnership with someone, even a stranger, without understanding the long-term impacts of such a relationship. Like a marriage, […]

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Boilerplate Matters in Contracts

I’ve been running into a lot of contracts disputes lately where a party’s rights were potentially affected by missing boilerplate provisions.  Boilerplate generally refers to language that is reused from one contract to the next.  It usually has little to do with the substance of the contract.  It is easy to ignore.  But when it matters, […]

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