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When an employee leaves, make sure your trade secrets stay behind

If a trade secret or intellectual property is an important factor in the success of your Florida business, it is critical to ensure that the information stays protected after employees leave your company. You may benefit from requiring all employees to sign non-compete or nondisclosure agreements, but there are certain factors you must consider in order to ensure that these contracts are binding and enforceable.

Trump inaugural committee cancels event, gets sued, reinstates it

Here's a small preview of how difficult things could become if president-elect Trump does not divest completely from his holdings or put them in a blind trust.

You see, the 58th presidential inaugural committee is, theoretically, a completely separate entity from Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. The committee shouldn't have had any authority over what contracts the hotel entered into, but it acted as if it did -- much to the cost and dismay of the organizers of the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast.

AAA aims to prevent truck crashes by attacking driver fatigue

We would all like to see safety improvements on our roadways, and a big part of that involves helping commercial truck drivers handle their rigs responsibly. With enormous pressure to get loads where they're going at the least possible cost and the greatest possible speed, truckers often find it difficult to take sufficient breaks. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates the number of hours truckers can work, but regulating hours of service must take industry needs into account.

How can we reach the best balance between profitability and safety?

No trespassing: and other real estate disputes

You finally moved into your dream house in Florida. Everything was going just fine, until you found yourself smack dab in the middle of a contentious real estate dispute. Whether your fight is with your neighbor, a local governing body or a commercial realtor, it's understandable that you want to find the best means to resolve the matter in as quick and economically feasible a fashion as possible.

Did distracted driving cause your accident?

Distracted driving is a continuing problem in Florida and across the country, and this behavior is the cause of hundreds or thousands of accidents every year. The decision to use a phone or engage in distracting behaviors while behind the wheel is inexcusable, and these drivers are accountable for the injuries and harm caused to others.

The do's and don'ts of entering into a contractual agreement

Contracts are legally binding agreements between two or more parties that are enforceable by the law. Some business contracts might be simple enough such as a purchase order or a verbal agreement while others may be more complicated, involving much higher stakes. Entering into a contractual agreement with another party is serious business, and you must never rush yourself into signing a business contract no matter how trustworthy the other party may seem. 

When is eviction illegal?

Although some landlords rent on an oral agreement, you will usually sign some sort of written agreement when renting out a home, outlining payment and the rules of the property. A landlord can evict, or remove, a tenant from the property if any part of the agreement is broken. However, they must give you proper warning before evicting you. Here are the conditions for legal eviction and the process your landlord must follow if they wish to evict you from the property.

Types of intellectual property rights

Intellectual property refers to intangible assets that are the creation of the human mind such as inventions, literary or artistic works. These assets are protected by law, giving exclusive rights to the owner. Common types of intellectual property rights which you can use to protect your business and creations include copyrights, trademarks and patents.

What constitutes a business tort and what are the affects?

Business torts, also referred to as economic torts, are unlawful business practices committed by an individual or body against business organizations. The intention is mostly to harm the credibility or gain an unfair advantage over the affected party.

Dealing with a contract breach

A contract is a written, formal agreement that is enforceable by law. Contracts are a common concept in the business world. Contracts are highly useful and are made to benefit all parties involved. In some cases, problems might arise that could lead to contract disputes. A business contract consists of certain rules and obligations that must be complied with by all parties involved. If any party fails to follow the rules set by the contract, then this is formally known as a contract breach.

If a contract is breached, this might affect only one party negatively. This party might then wish to enforce the terms of agreement. If during the contract breach the business was harmed in any way, then the affected party may also file a claim to get compensation or a financial award for the losses. Often the parties involved in the contract breach may try to resolve the matter without involving the court. This informal settling of the dispute is to ensure that the contract stays unbroken.

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