Mark B Thornton

Remodeling Your Home? Legal Tips From a Construction Lawyer

We’ve all heard the horror stories about home remodels gone wrong: contractors who disappear with the check, or the ones who stick around only to leave the house a wreck. Fortunately, you’re not completely helpless when it comes to preventing catastrophes like these. The following are four basic tips for ensuring a smooth process. Make …

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Freight Troubles? How To Avoid Getting Stuck In Out-of-State Litigation

When something goes wrong in freight transportation, it’s not uncommon for everyone involved to be from different states. Add to that all the states the cargo traveled through, and potential locations for resulting litigation can stack up quickly. With a little planning and careful contract review, you can both choose the state for claims you …

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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 a 30-page contract to sign, you can bet that it’s not full of provisions to protect your interests as a …

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Involved in an Eviction? You Won’t Believe How Strict Utah Courts Can Be

It won’t come as a big surprise to anyone that there are specific rules to follow when you are involved in an unlawful detainer (eviction) lawsuit. But you may be surprised to know that failure to follow a rule as seemingly unimportant as requiring certain information to be handwritten instead of typed can end up …

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Should You Register Your Trademark?

If you’ve spent time and resources developing your brand (or if you plan to in the future), registering your trademark will help you protect those investments. Wondering if a trademark is right for you? Here are five basic pointers to guide your decision. Who Can and Should Register a Trademark? Only the individual, corporation, partnership, …

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A Utah Contractor’s Guide To Construction Defect Statutes of Limitation and Statutes of Repose

For a contractor, the start of a new project means coordinating what can often feel like a thousand moving pieces. When this happens, it’s easy to forget to take in account time limitations for contractual and warranty claims on the work you’re about to provide. Before entering into any work on a project, always consider …

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Should a Freight Broker Pay the Shipper for Damage to the Shipper’s Cargo?

A question we frequently get from our broker clients is whether they should pay their client, the shipper, for loss or damage caused to the shipment during transit, and take an assignment of the shipper’s claim against the carrier. The question can be a difficult one and often largely depends on the broker’s relationship with …

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