DEFEND TRADE SECRETS ACT OF 2016

February 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Business, Business and Commercial

The following is a memo of law prepared by our office for our attorneys summarizing the new federal law regarding trade secrets. It is written with more legal jargon than I usually put in a blog post, but despite that, it gives a good bullet point summary of this law. Enacted May 2016 to provide …Read More

Electronic Meetings

January 27th, 2015 | Posted in Business, Business and Commercial, Homeowner Associations (HOA) Law

With the near universal use of email, texting, Twitter, and instant messaging, small corporations and homeowner associations frequently try to use these services for the business of the company. While this practice can be valuable and efficient to manage a company or planned community, it normally cannot be used to exercise the powers and authority …Read More

Trade Secrets

June 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Business, Business and Commercial, Law for Non-lawyers | Tagged , , , , , ,

The law in North Carolina tends to support the ability of people to work for who they want, and when they want. In most cases, with at-will employment, an employee can leave a job whenever they want to work for another company who may provide them more pay or benefits. On the other hand, the …Read More

Indemnity, Exculpatory and Hold Harmless

April 9th, 2014 | Posted in Business, Business and Commercial, Consumer Law, Law for Non-lawyers | Tagged , , ,

Cropped screenshot of title from the trailer for the film Double Indemnity (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Has this ever happened to you? You are getting ready to race go-karts, rent a truck, scuba dive, or lease a storage unit and the owner hands you a document to sign. Maybe you read over it, maybe you just …Read More

Breaking up is Hard to Do.

March 18th, 2014 | Posted in Business, Business and Commercial

I have just completed a two and half day trial where I represented one of the owners of a small business. After working together for over ten years, the two parties split up, both professionally and personally. Although the two parties could agree that the business was over and should be dissolved, they had very …Read More

Who’s in Charge Here?

December 13th, 2013 | Posted in Business, Business and Commercial, Homeowner Associations (HOA) Law | Tagged , , , ,

Most Non-profit corporations, including homeowner associations, have a volunteer, part-time executive board, with a full-time professional manager, management company, or executive director. The relationship between these two parties can get tumultuous. After a large turnover in board membership, the new board members may see the professional manager as a holdover and supporter of the old …Read More

Preventative Medicine

October 21st, 2013 | Posted in Business, Business and Commercial, Consumer Law, Law for Non-lawyers | Tagged , , , , , ,

Once I had to explain to one of my kids why they had to brush their teeth every night. I told them I knew it was a hassle and took up ten minutes that they could use to play Angry Birds, but it was important because they could get cavities and we’d have to go …Read More