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Whoops - Legal Malpractice Prevention - Enforcing ADR Provisions in Fee Agreements

Attorneys and law practices have been experimenting with strategies to collect unpaid client fees while limiting the risk of malpractice claims. One approach involves the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR)...more

Getting Releases Right

There are times when it makes sense to resolve an actual or potential employment law claim by paying something and getting a release from the employee. Paying severance in return for a release and waiver of claims isn’t...more

Landmarks - Summer 2015

Technologically savvy shoppers visiting brick-and-mortar retail locations are increasingly engaging in “showrooming,” a practice where consumers use the brick-and-mortar retail location to evaluate a product in person, yet...more

Does the “No-Rehire” Provision in Your Settlement Agreement Restrain the Lawful Practice of a Profession?

When resolving an employment dispute, employers often wish to include a “no-rehire” provision in the settlement agreement. In a typical no-rehire clause, the parties agree that they wish to resolve their dispute and sever any...more

Commercial Leasing Do’s and Don’ts

Commercial leases set out all of the rules and requirements that will govern a business relationship for a long period of time. Real property location and costs are significant elements of any successful business operation....more

CMS Clarifies Written Agreement Requirement

CMS has acknowledged that arrangements among providers to satisfy the Stark exceptions need not be created in a single document. Although a single written document memorializing the key facts of an arrangement could provide...more

Incentivizing Performance in Cloud and Outsourcing Contracts: Key Points

Defining and incentivizing high-quality performance is often key to the structure of complex service or technology-oriented agreements. In this class of agreements, merely having a performance warranty that answers a yes or...more

4 Ways to Avoid Ambiguity in Your Writing

Ambiguity in any writing is annoying, but in a contract it can be devastating if you wrote it, because any ambiguity in a contract is likely to be construed against you. Here are some ways to avoid ambiguity in your next...more

Farewell From Drafting Points

Alas, my time at Reed Smith has come to an end and with it comes the end of Drafting Points. Writing posts for the blog has been an enjoyable and cathartic process for me. Some key take-aways from the posts...more

ABA California Lending Law- Section X

A. Loan Commitments - Under California law, a loan commitment, which is commonly set forth in a commitment letter, is binding on a lender only if the commitment letter contains all of the material terms of the loan and...more

Do We Have a Deal or Don't We?

How do you know when you’ve reached a final, binding agreement for a real estate transaction? Often one party to a lease, purchase agreement or real estate agreement, or covenant believes the parties have reached a final...more

Are Liquidated Damages Down the Drain in California?

Liquidated damages can provide parties added incentive to perform all types of contracts, including commercial real estate contracts. But are they enforceable in California? The short answer is that they’re presumed to be...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Third Quarter 2015

NOW’S THE TIME FOR SBA TO EXPAND WOSB-ELIGIBLE INDUSTRIES - On May 1, 2015, the U.S. Small Business Administration issued a proposed rule to amend its regulations to implement Section 825 of the National Defense...more

The Heat of the Moment: When Inking That Big Deal, Make Sure Dispute Resolution Provisions Are on Your Checklist

The strength of the Seattle area economy has been attracting both national and international attention. The bird that is synonymous with economic activity — the construction crane — is visible from downtown to South Lake...more

(US) Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Agreements: Imprecise Commisson Language Can Cost You

It would be unfair (and likely bad faith) for a property owner to terminate a brokerage agreement prior to entering into a sales agreement or lease just to avoid paying a real estate commission. Yet, if a property owner is...more

Dangers of a Self-Drafted Letter Agreement

Court Unwilling to Impose a Reasonableness Limit on Expenditures - Exploration expenditures incurred to earn into a mining claim did not have to be reasonable, the B.C. Court of Appeal recently held in American Creek...more

Fee Advancement Considerations Arise From Recent Delaware and Third Circuit Decisions

Recent decisions by the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Delaware Court of Chancery have raised important issues regarding fee advancement bylaws or policies of Delaware corporations. Please see full...more

The LLC Operating Agreement - Why Is It Important And What Should It Say?

An LLC is a fairly limitless business form. Generally, an LLC can be and act in any number of ways, tailored to how you want your company to operate. The Kentucky LLC statute provides several gap-filler provisions, but most...more

What Should Be in Your Physician Shareholder Agreement?

Prior to partnering with one or more physicians, doctors should consider drafting a shareholder agreement that outlines the terms of the relationship, as well as the goals of the corporation. Shareholder agreements anticipate...more

Drafting Valid Damages Provisions in Settlement Agreements

Often thought of as a formality that should take minimal effort and expense to prepare, the drafting of the settlement agreement can quickly turn into a “devil in the details” scenario. One or more of the parties to the...more

If You Reach A Settlement At Mediation, And Say The Settlement Will Be The Subject Of A Forthcoming Formal Agreement, Do You Have...

You have most likely walked out of a mediated settlement conference at which the shorthand version of the settlement put to paper by the lawyers and the mediator stated that there would be a later, more detailed agreement. ...more

Know What You Are and Are Not Giving Up in a Release

Because over 95 percent of civil disputes are resolved without a final judgment, parties routinely enter into settlement agreements that include releases. Further, for those disputes that do not spawn formal litigation, it is...more

Unfair Contract Terms Regime to Protect Small Business

On 24 June 2015, the Federal Minister for Small Business, the Hon Bruce Billson MP, introduced the Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015 (Bill) into Parliament which will extend...more

Top Ten Construction Clauses: Change Orders and Change Directives

Construction contracts typically provide for changes in the scope of work through change orders, construction change directives and orders for minor changes. AIA Document A201-2007 and the ConsensusDocs Standard Agreement...more

When Commercial Sense is Not Commercial Sense: Arnold v. Britton and others [2015]

Background - The Supreme Court has handed down judgment in a service charge case that has major relevance to contractual interpretation in general. The central issue concerned when the Court should give weight to...more

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