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June 2017 Archives

Alternative dispute resolution can save you both time and money

Legal disputes involving your New York business are a threat to your livelihood and the future of your company. While it is critical to resolve these issues quickly and efficiently, it is not always necessary to resort to litigation to reach a beneficial outcome. In some cases, alternative dispute resolution could be a better way to move past certain types of complications.

Macy's sues Burlington, former executive over trade secrets

New York-based Macy's Inc. has begun a lawsuit against its competitor, Burlington Stores, Inc., to prevent one of its former vice-presidents from working for Burlington. The complaint alleges that Burlington hired one of Macy's key executives to obtain access to its trade secrets and proprietary and confidential information. The executive has counter-sued Macy's to obtain a declaratory judgment that her employment contract with Macy's does not prevent her from working in her new position with Burlington.

The pros and cons of arbitration clauses

Many New York business have negotiated contracts in which one party has requested the exclusive use of arbitration to resolve disputes. Should such a clause be included? While some attorneys believe that arbitration is a poor substitute for the courtroom to solve business disputes, the more enlightened view holds that the answer depends on a number of factors.

Uber fires engineer in intellectual property dispute

A common cause of litigation involving intellectual property is the decision by a key employee to take his talent and knowledge to a competitor. Usually, the departing employee and his new employer remain allies in any litigation that ensues. This theme was given a new variation recently when Uber fired one of its star autonomous driving engineers in the midst of complex business litigation with a Google subsidiary involving the alleged theft of intellectual property and unfair competition.