What Can Happen if You Misclassify an Employee in New York?

By Scott Richman | June 14, 2021 | Comments Off on What Can Happen if You Misclassify an Employee in New York?

Hiring employees comes both with certain rights, and with certain responsibilities. Some employers are tempted to try to circumvent these responsibilities by classifying employees in a way that seems more advantageous to them. It is important to classify your employees correctly the first time. Failing to do so can open your business up to significant…

What Are the Elements of a Breach of Contract Case?

By Scott Richman | June 5, 2021 | Comments Off on What Are the Elements of a Breach of Contract Case?

Contracts are an important part of the business world. Most of the time, organizations live up to their end of a contractual agreement without incident. Both sides get what they wanted to get out of the agreement, and everyone walks away happy. Sometimes this isn’t the case. For whatever reason, one party is unable or…

When Should a Class Action Lawsuit Be Filed?

By Scott Richman | May 22, 2021 | Comments Off on When Should a Class Action Lawsuit Be Filed?

On May 8th, 2021, thousands of Simple Bank customers were switched over to BBVA bank. For days after the switch, many consumers could not access their accounts. Customers were outraged. They had trouble receiving their deposit or paying their bills. They had trouble getting customer service representatives on the phone. Some customers immediately began discussing…

About the Total Life Changes Class Action Complaint

By Scott Richman | May 4, 2021 | Comments Off on About the Total Life Changes Class Action Complaint

The Total Life Changes Class Action complaint has been brought on behalf of representative client Ricardo Santiago acting on behalf of himself and all other members of the class for damages and equitable relief against Total Life Changes.  Total Life Changes is a MLM company which produces hemp-based and marijuana-based products. Specifically, they produced Iaso…

Why Your Contracts Should Include Mediation Clauses

By Scott Richman | April 18, 2021 | Comments Off on Why Your Contracts Should Include Mediation Clauses

ADR, or alternative dispute resolution, clauses are some of the most useful clauses a company can put into their business contracts. This is especially true with mediation clauses, which require both parties to attempt to resolve their issues in front of a mediator before taking the matter to court. Mediation is different from arbitration, which…

The Double Dangers of Texting While Walking

By Scott Richman | April 1, 2021 | Comments Off on The Double Dangers of Texting While Walking

Most people know the dangers of texting while driving. Yet do you know the dangers of texting while walking? There have been enough collisions and fatalities surrounding pedestrians texting their way through crosswalks that New York is considering making it illegal to do so. Other cities and states have already banned texting while walking because…

What Makes Incorporation So Necessary?

By Scott Richman | March 15, 2021 | Comments Off on What Makes Incorporation So Necessary?

Choosing the right legal structure for your business is an important step. While running a sole proprietorship or an LLC may look easier, for many New York City businesses incorporating will be the right choice.  There are three main reasons why incorporating is so advantageous.  Protection from Liability When you set up a corporation that…

Understanding New York Partition Actions

By Scott Richman | January 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

New York is a unique place to own real estate, because co-ownership is a lot more common here than it is in other parts of the country. This offers the advantage of making real estate investment more accessible to a wider group of people than it would be otherwise, given real estate prices, but comes…

Don’t Just Sign on the Bottom Line: Contract Conundrums and Fine Print Pitfalls

By Scott Richman | January 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

You probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear that lots of people scroll down to hit “accept” on the “Terms and Conditions” page of any given website without reading a word of text. You might be surprised to learn that lots of business owners do the same thing to paper contracts which pertain directly to business…

Don’t Count on Your Out-of-Possession Status to Shield You From Premises Liability

By Scott Richman | November 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

On October 24 of 2019, the State of New York Court of Appeals rendered a decision on Xiang Fu He v. Troon. It is vital for anyone who leases out commercial real estate to pay close attention to this verdict, which stated out-of-possession landlords could be held liable for slips and falls on icy sidewalks.…