Chapter 11: The Good, The Bad and The Facts

No business owner wants to file Chapter 11. There’s the stigma associated with bankruptcy, with the potential of a tarnished reputation. And then, there’s the loss of privacy. Business owners have to provide very detailed financial information to the bankruptcy court and this information becomes part of the public record. With some Chapter 11 filings,…

You Don’t Have To Declare Chapter 11

Consider An Out of Court Workout Chapter 11. The word that evokes dread in the corporate world. When there’s no alternative, it’s the only alternative. And, it’s complicated. It’s expensive. It also takes a lot of focus away from the day-to-day management of the company. So, before your management team decides to file Chapter 11,…

Trade Secret Protections In Wisconsin

Milwaukee Business Lawyers Helping Business Owners Protect Trade Secrets Losing your trade secrets to a competitor could have disastrous consequences to your business. So, it is essential to do everything you can to protect your trade secrets from theft and misappropriation. Fortunately, there are laws in Wisconsin, and at the federal level, that protect companies…

Be Cautious With Contract “Merger” Clauses

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Commercial Law Attorneys Helping Milwaukee Businesses with Contract Merger Clauses It is, of course, quite common to negotiate an important contract via telephone and email. The last detail is finally nailed down. The parties exchange congratulatory messages and one party, perhaps the seller, says he or she will send a formal contract for execution by…

Sale of Wisconsin Residence: Should I Pay For Mold Testing?

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Milwaukee Real Estate Attorneys on Mold Testing for Residential Properties In Wisconsin, following the execution of a Residential Offer to Purchase, routine residential inspections sometimes reveal the presence of mildew and/or mold. In other instances, an inspection is not necessary; black mold or other signs of mildew may be visible in bathrooms, attic areas, or…

Do You Know Where Your Employees Are? Be Careful With GPS Devices

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Experienced Business Attorneys Helping Wisconsin Employers Navigate GPS Legal Matters Once utilized only by the military, global positioning satellites (GPS) now provide all sorts of useful data regarding the activities of Badger State residents. Whether it’s a rangefinder that tells a golfer how far he or she is from the flagstick, an app that alerts…

Employee May Qualify for Unemployment Even if Violate Absenteeism Rule

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Business Attorneys Helping Milwaukee’s Employers Battle Unemployment Injustices Human resource personnel will recall that, in 2013, the Wisconsin legislature made significant changes to the state’s unemployment benefit law, including the amendment of the “old” absenteeism ineligibility criteria from “5 or more” absences without notice in a twelve-month period to “more than 2” absences without notice…

Three Myths About Small Businesses and Antitrust Laws

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Milwaukee Litigation Lawyer Sheds Light On Small Business & Antitrust Laws Federal antitrust laws were first passed in the U.S. during the final years of the 19th and the first decade or so of the 20th centuries, when the likes of J.D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, and other so-called “robber barons” dominated the country’s economy. Based…

Have You Heard the One About the Abolishment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

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Knowledgeable Litigation Lawyer in Milwaukee Sheds Light On CFPB Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Representative John Ratcliffe (R-TX) introduced companion bills in the U.S. Congress on February 14, 2017, to abolish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). As many business leaders know, the CFPB is a federal agency responsible for consumer protection in the financial…

Business Leaders Fear 2017 May Be the “Year of the Hack”

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Milwaukee Litigation Lawyer Sheds Light On Data Assurance Even a quick glance at the evening news is enough to make one wonder if 2017 will be known as the “year of the hack.” Data breaches certainly seem rampant. Whether it is the email system of a national political party, the huge user list owned by Yahoo®,…