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Former tech exec files for bankruptcy after $179 million judgment

A former executive with Google who went on to work for Uber has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after he was ordered to pay Google $179 million for sharing trade secrets and other contract violations. An arbitration panel hearing the case had recommended an award of $127 million to Google. However, a court added legal fees and interest payments to that amount, increasing it by more than $50 million.

Wells Fargo ends mandatory arbitration in sexual harassment cases

One of the outgrowths of the #MeToo movement has been calls for employers to stop requiring alleged victims of sexual harassment and assault to take action via arbitration rather than in court and then to sign nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) that prevent them from speaking publicly about their experience or their settlement.

Why you need insurance if you decide to sell your products online

You've turned your hobby of making candles or pet toys for friends, family and the occasional craft fair into a small business. You're selling your products through an online marketplace like Amazon or Etsy. You've probably never considered that anyone might sue you, but you can never be sure.

How to avoid employee lawsuits

No one starts a business expecting to eventually be mired in costly litigation. Unfortunately, too many business owners end up fighting -- and sometimes losing -- court battles than can cost them dearly in money and reputation. Many of these lawsuits, particularly those involving employees, can be avoided by simply knowing the law and making sure that all of your employees, especially those in supervisory and human resources positions, follow it.

How your company can avoid becoming the victim of 'greenmail'

A person, group or business entity purchases enough shares of your company's stock to enable a hostile takeover or at least to have a say in your operations and management. They offer to let your company buy back the shares, but at a much higher price. In exchange, they won't continue with the attempted takeover and won't purchase any more of your stock. That's called "greenmail."

Workers' compensation 'legacy claims' in acquisitions

If your company is considering or in the process of acquiring another company, you may not have given much thought to that company's workers' compensation program -- or to the company's safety culture in general. This may be more relevant in industries where workplace injuries are common than in those where they aren't. However, employees can suffer injuries in any line of work.

How to avoid legal problems with your company's dress code

Workplaces have become more relaxed in recent decades when it comes to what kind of clothing employees are allowed or required to wear. Gone are the Mad Men days where men wore suits and ties, and women wore dresses and skirts. Casual Fridays have given way to full-time casual dress in many offices where employees aren't regularly dealing with the public or clients.

When can a business owner sue for defamation?

If you own a business, your reputation is likely one of your most valued assets. These days, it's all too easy to damage a business's reputation -- often anonymously. Many times, competitors will take to Twitter or other social media sites to make derogatory and possibly false statements about a business.

How can you make the most of an injury settlement?

These days, most new dads what to share the responsibilities of caring for their newborn child with the child's mother. Some companies are recognizing the importance of these shared parenting responsibilities and are granting equal amounts of leave to parents of newborn or newly adopted children regardless of the employee's gender.

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