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The step-by-step guide to firing someone

Not everyone does it well, but for the sake of your company—and your employees—learning how to terminate someone’s employment is an important skill to learn. No, you just can’t turn to one of your charges and yell, “You’re fired!”  That might sound good on TV, but it’s not the way to do things. When terminating…

201602.21
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The “fine print” and arbitration clauses

People joke about the “fine print” in contracts, but often the fine print is no laughing matter, especially when it comes to arbitration clauses. If arbitration is heralded as being less expensive and faster than court proceedings, should you be concerned about being forced to arbitrate a dispute. Often the answer is yes. When you…

201510.15
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Ohio Bill Favors Hiring Veterans

The State of Ohio is moving toward passing a bill that would make it legal for companies in the private sector to favor veterans and their spouses in their hiring and promotion practices. If the bill goes through, these workers would also have protection during layoffs. It was passed by the House with a unanimous vote and…

201510.15
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Construction Contract

Our firm represented a contractor against home owners who failed to pay a final invoice of nearly $10,000. This rather straight forward action to collect a modest debt ballooned into a much larger case when the owners filed a counterclaim for over $200,000 for breach of contract and fraud. They claimed the builder had improperly…

201502.02
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Breach of Lease

Our firm represented a commercial landlord that had leased space to a restaurant that later subleased the space to another restaurant. When the original tenant defaulted on the lease, we filed an eviction against the tenant and its subtenant. The original tenant eventually walked away from the lease, and our client entered into a direct…

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Successful Eminent Domain Action

The city of Dublin, Ohio, initiated an eminent domain action against a landowner concerning a tract of land in Union County, for use in developing a new highway interchange. The property had been by our landowner’s family for over a century. Our firm was co-counsel for the landowner. The city initially offered $6.8 million, a…

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Enforcing a Noncompete Agreement

A client’s former sales manager left and immediately took a position with a major competitor. Apparently, he was not too concerned about the noncompetition and nondisclosure provisions of the employment contract he had signed. We brought suit, asking the court to enjoin the former manager from competing with our client or disclosing its trade secrets….