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The Eye of Privacy blog from Sheppard Mullin has a very helpful post for small businesses with links to the Federal Trade Commission cyber guide. The purpose of the guide which contains various modules is to help small businesses address data security threats. This is something all small business owners should have in their toolkit. Gone are the days where where the small business owner says “I don’t need to worry about that.” We’re…
It is reported that Michigan State will be paying $500,000,000 to the young women who were abused by Larry Nassar. I used all the zeros for a reason. It is a shocking number. I am not going to dive into all the facts and circumstances that led to the settlement in this post. What I do want to stress is this: If you see wrongdoing in your organization, particularly if you are the leader…
I saw an interesting tweet from Elon Musk the other day, It’s super messed up that a Tesla crash resulting in a broken ankle is front page news and the ~40,000 who died in the US auto accidents alone get almost no coverage. On the one hand, I understand his point. An accident involving a broken ankle isn’t too much to get excited about. On the other hand, the advent of the self-driving vehicle technology…
One of the things I hear over and over from distressed franchisees is that they purchased a franchise because it was a “proven business model.” Now, I don’t blame most franchisees for this thought process as they head into their franchise business purchase.  The franchise industry has done a remarkable job of marketing itself where people are preconceived to believe franchises are proven business models. Second, some franchises have been in business for a long…
I am not getting any younger. This is a fact but it also means my friends are not getting any younger either. And lately, I’ve seen some of those friends down-sized and looking for work. It can be hard for older workers to obtain employment. This article from Forbes discusses some factors that enabled the EEOC to obtain a $2.8 million settlement with Darden Restaurants (parent of Olive Garden) on behalf of older job applicants.…
The Brick Gentry Law Firm of West Des Moines, Iowa recently added its trial team blog to feature information on several practice areas including, but not limited to, the following: Personal Injury; Employment Discrimination and Harassment; IP Litigation; Business Litigation; Class Actions. This trial team blog is edited by Brick Gentry shareholder Rush Nigut. In 2006, Rush started his individual award-winning legal blog, Rush on Business, and has maintained it since that time. Rush…
Most Iowa personal injury lawyers work off contingency fee contract rather than hourly fees in a personal injury case. That is, the lawyer receives payment from the settlement or verdict proceeds, if any, based on a percentage. Usually if there is no recovery the lawyer does not get paid for attorneys’ fees. The typical Iowa personal injury contingency fee is 1/3 of the total recovery but sometimes is increased to 40 or even 50 percent…
Generally when you are injured at work the best the injured client could hope for is a good workers’ compensation claim. But I recently saw an interesting blog post from the Illinois Workers Compensation Blog that described how a worker actually received over $15 million in a personal injury suit against multiple companies involved. After an investigation it was determined that the companies has several safety violations and the worker successfully pursued the case against…
Most clients want to know how much their personal injury case is worth. When I first started practicing law, you would often hear lawyers and insurance adjusters say claims were worth three times the amount of medical bills. The reality though is the value depends entirely on the facts and circumstances of your individual case. The type and extent of your injuries has a enormous impact on the value. It goes without saying that the…
Here’s a secret, this is not the first article to discuss how to find the right personal injury lawyer for you. In fact, you could find article after article on this topic all over the Internet. And time and time again you will usually see some variation of these three things: Select an experienced personal injury lawyer; Choose someone who has extensive trial experience; Find one that has a history of high verdicts and settlements.…