Who Can Collect Damages in a Class Action Case?

By Scott Richman | November 20, 2021 | Comments Off on Who Can Collect Damages in a Class Action Case?

Often during a class action attorneys must find as many members of the class as possible. While there’s no specific number of people required to launch a class action suit, courts are unlikely to certify the class unless there are a lot of people in it. This sometimes means that people end up getting named…

What to Do if an Employee Accuses Your Company of Discrimination

By Scott Richman | November 6, 2021 | Comments Off on What to Do if an Employee Accuses Your Company of Discrimination

Receiving a discrimination complaint is very serious. It can lead to a lawsuit if it’s not handled very carefully. While most companies want to foster fair, diverse environments there are still many challenges to doing so. In addition, policies, procedures, and methods can’t directly control the actions of individuals. That means even the most progressive…

What Every Small Business Should Know About ADA Accessibility Lawsuits

By Scott Richman | October 14, 2021 | Comments Off on What Every Small Business Should Know About ADA Accessibility Lawsuits

Many small business owners do not think about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when they launch their businesses. You’re thinking about selling products, delivering services, and in general being the best business owner you can be. Yet at some point even a business that operates largely online or in people’s homes will need to…

How to Buy a Business in New York

By Scott Richman | October 4, 2021 | Comments Off on How to Buy a Business in New York

Buying a business is a wonderful alternative to launching your own business. If you have the capital then you can get a fully functioning company that you can then work to improve and make more profitable. There are dozens of places you can look for a business to buy. Many people network their way into…

7 Steps to Take Before Seeking Investors

By Scott Richman | September 15, 2021 | Comments Off on 7 Steps to Take Before Seeking Investors

Getting venture capital can supercharge your business prospects, but it’s also a complex legal matter. There are certain laws you’ll have to be aware of or adhere to if you want the funding to be successful. In addition, there are certain steps you’ll have to take before investors will even look at your company.  #1)…

Steps New York Residents Should Take When Injured by Defective Products

By Scott Richman | September 6, 2021 | Comments Off on Steps New York Residents Should Take When Injured by Defective Products

Most of the time when we buy products they work more or less the way they were meant to work. They’re safe enough. They’re useful enough. And we use them without incident. Occasionally, manufacturers make false claims, cut corners, release products with design flaws or otherwise endanger consumers with products that aren’t built correctly. When…

Is it Legal for New York Employers to Mandate Vaccines?

By Scott Richman | August 15, 2021 | Comments Off on Is it Legal for New York Employers to Mandate Vaccines?

You may have heard that the Mayor of NYC is encouraging private employers to require workers to get vaccinated. De Blasio called for “some form of mandate, whatever the maximum you feel you can do.” Across the country, major employers like Google and Tyson Foods have already taken this leap. For some employers, this may…

6 Contracts Every Business Should Use

By Scott Richman | August 5, 2021 | Comments Off on 6 Contracts Every Business Should Use

Every business needs different contracts depending on how they operate and what they do. Yet in general, most businesses will need to use the six contracts below. Shareholder’s or Partnership Agreements What they are: An agreement covering how the company is governed.  Why you need one: If you and your partner end up in a…

What to Do If You’re Being Sued for Wrongful Termination

By Scott Richman | July 16, 2021 | Comments Off on What to Do If You’re Being Sued for Wrongful Termination

For most industries, New York is an employment-at-will state. For the most part, an employer may terminate any employee for any legal, lawful reason. The trouble comes when an employee alleges that they were fired for reasons that were neither legal nor lawful. These would include being fired for discriminatory reasons, in retaliation for complaining…

7 Legal Mistakes New Business Owners Make

By Scott Richman | July 8, 2021 | Comments Off on 7 Legal Mistakes New Business Owners Make

The laws governing businesses can be complex. It’s no surprise that many new business owners cause themselves lots of legal problems just because they don’t know what they don’t know. If you want your business to survive in the long term you’ve got to be aware of some of these issues.  #1) Failing to create…