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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2014 – Non-compete agreements are not always well-received in court. If a non-compete agreement is thrown out, a person may not have to comply with it. “Non-compete agreements are quite popular with employers, but a person bound by one may not have to comply with it. Most non-compete agreements state that an employee may not compete with an employer’s business for a designated time period after leaving the job, They may restrict who you work for, where your future job may be located and even the industry in which you work. Sometimes, it’s […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 6, 2014 – Family-owned businesses face one of their most vulnerable periods when transitioning to the next generation after their founder’s retirement or death. More than 70 percent of family businesses do not survive this transition. But a transition plan can help preserve the business for generations to come. Planning for the transition should encompass both the legal aspects of the process, such as tax and estate planning, and practical discussions with the family members who will take over the business. “Neglecting to set up a transition plan is one of the biggest […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2014 – California caregivers have filed a class action lawsuit against Kindred Healthcare, Inc. for the company’s failure to pay minimum wage and overtime. “The charges include rest and meal break violations among a plethora of allegations relating to failure to pay overtime and minimum wage,” noted Deborah Barron, a Sacramento business attorney not involved in the lawsuit. “One plaintiff claims that she was denied overtime, and another suggests that she was not paid her full wages for helping an in-home care client.” Kindred Healthcare is one of the largest post-acute health services […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2014 – Sometimes, one of the partners constructing a prenuptial agreement is a business owner. Typically, the document will then be designed to ensure that preexisting assets are completely protected in case of divorce. This often leads to restrictive prenuptial agreements that keep all preexisting assets separate. Unfortunately, that safe, restrictive prenup can prevent the surviving spouse from receiving assets upon the other spouse’s death. “A prenup is essential for protecting your assets in case of divorce, but it doesn’t always account for problems that may occur if you were to die,” […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2014 – Inventors can monetize their patented inventions by choosing one of two methods. One option allows an inventor to license the invention – that is, to sell the right to use or develop the invention for commercial purposes to another party. The second allows the inventor to manufacture and market the invention him- or herself. An inventor’s decision should be based both on the invention itself and on the inventor’s personality and interests. Los Angeles patent attorney Jim Dawson explained some of the differences between the two approaches. “Inventors who choose […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2014 – The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the state’s Employee Classification Act. The Employee Classification Act protects construction workers from being misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees. In the case, Bartlow v. Costigan, the state high court rejected a constitutional challenge by a roofing company that claimed the law was impermissibly vague and violated due process rights. “This is an important ruling for workers,” states Robert Briskman, a Chicago work injury attorney. “When employees are misclassified as independent contractors, their employers avoid paying worker’s compensation premiums, unemployment insurance […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2014 – Despite most states adhering to an “at will” arrangement for workers, laying off employees is regulated by law. “Many employers do not always realize that laying off workers is strictly regulated by law and if those rules are not followed according to a crystal clear layoff policy, they run the risk of being sued,” explains Timothy Coffey, a respected Chicago employment attorney. These days, with the tough economy, there are many companies forced into mass layoffs to make ends meet and keep their company afloat for the long-term. If a business […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 2, 2014 – The face of the workforce has changed drastically over the last two decades. Now, more people work from home as freelancers, consultants or other designations, such as independent contractors. “Who is an employee these days? That’s a difficult question to answer, particularly in reference to legal issues. Indeed, determining who is and who is not a worker is getting more complex. This matters when something goes wrong, such as an independent contractor being fired with no notice, or someone takes maternity or paternity leave and when it is over, the worker […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 14, 2014 – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) settled its first systemic class-action lawsuit at the beginning on 2014 claiming a company violated the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). “In this case, the EEOC sued an employer for asking, post job offer, that applicants obtain pre-employment medical examinations that included detailed questions about their family medical history,” recounts Timothy Coffey, a noted Chicago employment attorney. The lawsuit was filed in 2013 and resulted in a $50,000 settlement, as well as injunctive relief. It began when Founders Pavilion, Inc., a New York rehabilitation center […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2014 – This case may the first of its kind. The California Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit against the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan for allegedly violating the unfair competition law. “This case stems from a personal information and security breach and delayed notification of this breach,” explains respected Sacramento business lawyer, Deborah Barron. The outcome of the case may have a significant impact on how and when companies that are governed by California’s breach notice law provide notice to those who are affected by such a breach. This is a similar situation […]


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User-friendly website provides interactive resources for small to mid-sized law firms Lisle, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2014 – Protexure Lawyers, a competitive professional liability insurance program from AmerInst Professional Services, Ltd., today announced the launch of its newly redesigned website: www.protexurelawyers.com. The website will enable tech-savvy lawyers to get a complimentary insurance quote, manage their account, and renew their coverage with a short form application – online and at their convenience. Plus, they can access online tools, information and resources that will help them grow their business and navigate their insurance options. “We redesigned our website to create […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 10, 2014 – A Texan whistleblower alleges he was the victim of retaliation after telling federal investigators about his accident on-the-job. “This is not an unusual case, but it does serve to point out the many issues workers face in Texas,” indicates Austin workplace injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke, Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP, who is not involved in the case. “The 19-year-old Honduran worker was on a construction site in downtown Austin, when a load of steel fell from a crane. He was hit in the back by the rebar at a high-rise complex at […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2014 – Business method patents have been around for a long time, but they have only recently been issued in large numbers. “From 1997 to 2007, the number of business method patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) increased from 1,000 to 11,000. Most of those patents were in the areas of finance and computer technology,” said Los Angeles patent attorney Jim Dawson. Some intellectual property experts are skeptical of the appropriateness of patenting methods of business. But for now, they represent important assets for many entities and […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2014 – Most Americans have heard about the crack-smoking mayor of Toronto, Canada, Rob Ford. A performance improvement plan may be what is needed. “Questionable behavior in the workplace and an individual’s fitness to perform their job is a reality today in many companies across the globe, Canada included,” pointed out noted Sacramento business attorney Deborah Barron. “In situations like this, many employees feel they may continue working without going for help of some kind, be it medical or psychological. To address this difficult scenario, human resource experts are developing Performance Improvement Plans […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 2, 2013 – It is far too easy to make serious mistakes when starting a new business. Consult with an experienced business lawyer to avoid costly errors. “Even though someone decides to open a business with a partner, and they spend a lot of time talking, in many cases, there is no clear deal outlined with the co-founders. Without a clear agreement about terms, direction and so forth, it opens the door to potential litigation,” explained noted business lawyer Deborah Barron, of the Barron Law Office in Sacramento, California. There are certain key items […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2013 – More than $128 billion flows through the country’s Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) system. Incidences of fraud are inevitable, so the SSDI has hired a cadre of private investigators to catch the perpetrators. “The increase in fraud and the ensuing investigations of any questionable claims has slowed the entire process down,” commented Tampa Social Security disability attorney David W. Magann. “For anyone going through the Social Security Disability Insurance system, it’s best to work with someone who can help guide them through that legal maze.” The number of people receiving disability […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2013 – The November issue of Bigger Law Firm offers expert advice to attorneys seeking to streamline their presence online. This month’s release addresses the best ways to rethink your website content, to unite your business listings and contact information, and to choose the software and products that will make your day the simplest it can be. Search algorithms are changing; Google wants authors to write in order to help humans, not to impress search engines. In November’s feature, “Saying More With Less,” Kristen Friend encourages readers to rethink their approach to website […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 4, 2013 – Though immigration reform has taken a back burner to the other debates, business leaders are still working to force House Republicans to deal with immigration reform changes. The mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook along with Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch, Marriot hotel’s CEO Bill Marriott, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Sean Parker, the founder of Napster, have teamed up to push a vote on immigration legislation. They believe immigration reform will strongly bolster the economy. “The widespread support that immigration reform has […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2013 – “Post grant review” is a patent procedure created under the America Invents Act (AIA) of 2011. A post grant review is a process by which a person challenges one or more claims of an issued patent as being unpatentable. Together with inter-partes review, post grant reviews replace the pre-AIA claim challenge process known as inter-partes re-examination. “It is very important for our clients to understand what a post grant review entails, how to avoid it, and how to respond to it,” said Simi Valley patent lawyer Jim Dawson. “Any patent, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 21, 2013 – The October issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys, marketing experts cover how to create the best infographics, how some attorneys are strategically using webinars, how to take advantage of online directories, feed readers, email privacy protections and digital business cards. In October’s feature, “Creating Infographics That Work” Brendan Conley and Kristen Friend look at how the eye-catching and sharable visual marketing opportunities remain a largely untapped market for attorneys. Infographics have become increasingly popular in the past several years as a technique for quickly presenting concepts in a […]


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