Commercial Litigation Articles

Construction Subcontracts 101

As a subcontractor, you probably review A LOT of construction contracts handed to you by general contractors.  Here are a few tips for your next contract review. Bare Necessities.  If a general contractor hands you …

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Understanding Civil Litigation: How a Lawsuit Goes to Trial

If you have a legal claim or someone has filed a legal claim against you, the process can be very confusing.  Knowing the process, however, can reduce uncertainty, acrimony, and expense and lead to better …

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What Happens When You Ignore a Legal Notice

For Doug Costello, the trouble began in 2009. That was the year the 66-year-old man living in Massachusetts sold his used, black-and-white printer on Craigslist. Costello made $30 on the sell that would eventually end …

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Do Freight Brokers Have to Pay Workers’ Compensation to Non-Employees?

Freight brokers, like any other employer, are generally only liable for their own employees for workers’ compensation purposes. However, what if a freight broker contracts with a motor carrier to transport goods, the motor carrier …

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The Shifting Landscape of Recreational and Business Drone Regulations

If you have spent any time outdoors this summer, especially in areas near parks, hiking trails, or other scenic areas, you may have noticed a peculiar buzzing sound in the air around you.  The popularity …

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Informed Consent—Protection for Both Patient and Practitioner

When someone mentions “medical malpractice,” we usually think of the horror stories: a surgeon operates on the wrong leg, a nurse administers potent drugs to the wrong patient. But not all claims against practitioners arise …

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UCC Financing Statements: Blank Space . . . I’ll Write Your (Correct) Name

As a creditor, you want security to ensure that you get paid the amounts owed you when you lend money or extend credit. One way to do that is through filing a Uniform Commercial Code-1 …

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Who Can Own and Register a Trademark?

This article represents the second in a series regarding trademarks. To read the first article in this installment, click here. On the surface, the answer to the question “Who can register a trademark?” is a simple …

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The Subpoenaed Social Worker: Protecting Patient Privacy and Avoiding Liability

More and more, lawyers are turning to the records of social workers for evidence to support their cases. The result? Social workers are increasingly likely to find themselves on the receiving end of subpoenas. WHAT …

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