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Who owns rock-and-roll's greatest solos?

Most business owners understand the value of patents, trademarks and other forms of intellectual property. So it likely comes as no surprise that the world's most iconic rock songs can command some hefty licensing fees. But what if you learned that dozens of the genre's greatest solos could be free for the taking?

Can a business owner face personal liability for negligence?

Anyone who has ever made a major purchase on credit, signed onto a mortgage or dealt with a service company knows what "breach of contract" is all about. If either party fails to live up to the terms and provisions of the contract (either in letter or spirit), the other party may seek restitution through the courts. Compensation may include more than just the dollar value of the financial losses, but may incorporate damages for future financial losses, legal fees, pain and suffering for injuries/death and under specific circumstances, even punitive damages.

Can dispute resolution clauses prevent employee litigation?

You want to ensure that your employees have what they need to do their job well, and you want them to be loyal to your Colorado business. You definitely don't want disgruntled employees who will file frivolous lawsuits, wasting your time and money and putting your company's good reputation at risk. Although you cannot keep everyone happy all the time, you can make it difficult for an employee to take you to court over an issue that you could have resolved, had you been given the chance.

No lawsuit is so bizarre it can be ruled out of the question

We all have our favorite "ridiculous" lawsuit that we like to talk about around the water cooler. While most seem too bizarre to be true, the fact remains that some lawyer somewhere in the country found enough evidence of liability to accept the case...and some judge agreed to let it proceed through their court. After all, remember the lawsuit against McDonalds for serving coffee that was too hot? Well, as frivolous as it sounded at the time, the jury ruled that the coffee was, indeed, too-hot-to-handle and the plaintiff was awarded damages for burns in her lap. When the facts of the case are scrutinized, there really was enough evidence to allow the lawsuit to go forward.

Ways for small business owners to reduce the risk of litigation

If you are a small business owner, you are not a stranger to taking risks. As a business owner, it's imperative to take the appropriate steps to minimize the chance of something going wrong, such as avoiding costly, unexpected lawsuits Here are six things you can do to limit the possibility of lawsuit.

A partnership may open you up to litigation

Forming a business is a big step. For many people, going it alone is too scary of a concept and, therefore, may prompt them to bring in a partner. While going into business with your best friend, peer or significant other may sound like a wonderful idea, the truth is you may not be able to count on that relationship if and when times get tough.

Business law takes next level knowledge

The term business law actually encompasses dozens of aspects of the professional realm. When an individual seeks legal representation for any number of related issues, the success of their case relies heavily on the skill and experience of their attorney. For individuals looking for exceptional representation, having a team of skilled attorneys may be the best fit for their needs.

Five years of UPS negotiations may mean strike

It is not uncommon for American workers to negotiate their way to better pay and better conditions. Sometimes a simple mediation session irons out all the issues and sends workers back to their posts happy and ready to take on a new day. However, for UPS pilots there hasn't been any such thing as a simple mediation. Entering their fifth year of negotiations, UPS pilots find themselves considering a strike as a way to demand much needed change in their work environment.

Consumers taken by BBB rating

For many American consumers, The Better Business Bureau is the foremost authority on who we should and should not do business with. It has been a long time belief that the BBB had the consumer's best interest at heart when accrediting certain companies with its coveted A+ rating. However, a recent CNNMoney story may give some consumers a reason to shy away from BBB advice.

Forest Oil merger to be investigated

When an individual makes a bad decision it can be easy to survive the fallout and recover. However, when a business makes a bad decision, it can have disastrous consequences. Unfortunately for one Denver-based business, one of the consequences of their bad decision is an impending investigation.

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