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Sticking it to Your Employees During Flu Season

Frustrated with the high number of employees that did not show up for work in the fall and winter last year, Jim Duncey, the owner of Duncey’s Caps, Inc., issues a memo to all employees that they must provide proof that they...more

Fight Night at Your Company Holiday Party

Jim Duncey, the owner of Duncey’s Caps, Inc., decides to hold an employee/significant other holiday party this year with live music and an open cash bar managed by a third-party bartending service. Each employee will get...more

Washed Away: What Rights Do You Have When Your Home is Flooded?

Bill Deron bought a 100-acre tract next to a creek outside the City of Houston. Deron planned to build a subdivision where some of the homes abut a creek. The other homes would sit about 15 feet higher than the creekside...more

Put Down Your Phone But Keep Your Sword in Your Hand

After finishing his weekly rehearsal for an upcoming Robin Hood performance at his local theatre, Wiley Enferee walked into his local Mega-Mart at his wife’s behest to buy a gallon of milk. Not thinking, Wiley walked into...more

Can I “Chip” Away at my Employees’ Privacy?

“Big” Bob Brothers is concerned that his company, Big Brothers Security Systems, is losing out on customers because his salesmen and installation teams are slacking when they are out of the office. Brothers reads a newspaper...more

Some Quick Thoughts on Opening Statements, Closing Arguments and Jury Deliberations

This will likely be the last piece I write on last month’s trial. We are scheduled to start another trial in January 2018, with additional trials in April and May, and they may gin up some additional insights that I think...more

Why Videotaped Deposition Testimony can be More Powerful than Live Witnesses

Although our judicial system historically prefers live witness testimony over testimony of witnesses through a deposition, today’s technology allows even seasoned trial lawyers the ability to present witnesses through...more

Personal Insights into Arbitration and Trial

For nine years, Tilting the Scales has brought legal issues with a business slant –practical and conversation points. Many who we represent are entrepreneurs who prefer to avoid lawyers and, certainly, the courthouse. Few of...more

The Grave Reality of a Cemetery on Your Property

A huge fan of the Hill Country, Skare D. Katz buys a large piece of undeveloped land from the Solable Family outside of Austin. Skare D. plans to build a ranch for retirement. One Saturday while Skare D. is visiting the...more

Protecting Information in the Competitive Bidding

Growth in the DFW metroplex is booming, and the City of Flourish is one of the driving forces. Unfortunately, the City has had a difficult time keeping up its infrastructure with the growing population. Recently the City...more

Give Me the Ring Back! Written Promises Around Engagements

On Valentine’s Day, Zack takes Kelly, his high school sweetheart who goes to a different college, to the Max for a romantic dinner. At the end of the meal Zack says, “Kelly, I want us to promise each other that after college...more

Oh, My Website Has to be ADA Compliant. Wait, What?!?!?

Dr. Nole Specs created a website for his successful optometry practice. Over the holidays, Dr. Specs received a threatening letter from Mo Dougherty, a plaintiff’s lawyer. Dougherty’s letter claims Specs’ website is not ADA...more

Your Business Plan Will Sell Your Business

This is the last installment of a series discussing potential pitfalls relating to selling your business. Recently Tilting the Scales highlighted Successfully Selling Your Business: Top 6 Potential Pitfalls; So You Might...more

Presidential Privilege? Why Presidents Can’t Escape Litigation in Office

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past three weeks, you know Donald Trump was elected the next President of the United States. You also probably know that some of Mr. Trump’s companies are defendants in various...more

Selling Your Business: Why Accurate Financials are Important

This is the fourth installment of a series discussing potential pitfalls that JR and Sue Ellen Pawlenty, who own Pawlenty Energy, should be wary of when they are trying to sell their business. Recently, Tilting the Scales...more

Do I Owe Income Taxes When I Rent Out My Home?

Over the summer, Brad Bevos’ company relocated him from Austin to Springfield, Illinois. A University of Texas alum and huge Longhorn football fan, the move bummed Brad because he won’t be able to attend home games this...more

So You Might Sell Your Business Someday. Do You Need a Broker?

After a lifetime of pouring time and energy into growing and expanding, Pawlenty Energy, JR and Sue Ellen Pawlenty are ready to sell their business and retire. Having never sold anything of this magnitude, JR and Sue Ellen...more

Successfully Selling Your Business: Top 6 Potential Pitfalls

Among the growing number of business owners looking to sell their business, JR and Sue Ellen Pawlenty are in the market to sell their darling Pawlenty Energy. This month, Tilting the Scales highlights a variety of issues is...more

How to Avoid Getting Popped: Top 10 Texas Firework Laws

Sure, fireworks are fun, but it’s important to be cautious and careful. We covered firework laws in the 2008 and 2014, but a few things have changed. Below are Texas’ top 10 firework laws you need to be aware of before...more

Did My Employee Just Say That?!? Manage Risk with a Company Crisis Plan

Johnny Hotshot, the 11 year-old shortstop on the Dallas Rangers Little League team, suffered a horrific brain injury after a pitching machine at the Hitz-R-Us batting cage malfunctioned. Melanie Scoop, a reporter from one of...more

When the Company’s Joke Backfires

Harvey Slapstick, CEO of Jokes-R-Us, decided an April Fool’s prank on his employees was just what the company needed to boost morale. So he hired two former soldiers to conduct a fake hostage situation at the company’s...more

5 Reasons Why Incorporating Your Business is the Right Play

Agitated that the NBA is now prohibiting him from using Stickum during games (even though he’s been doing so for years), Dwight Howard wants to find a permissible product that he can use to grip the basketball.  Dwight thinks...more

Loving Thy Neighbor & the Defamatory Flyer

Pete Kusdel was walking his dog through his neighborhood one morning when he saw papers strewn all over one of the streets—it looked like a recycling truck had lost its load! Mad as heck and ready to call the local garbage...more

Avoid “Uh-Oh”-Pen Carry at the Airport

Since Texas’ open carry law went into effect at the beginning of the year, Pistol Pete has carried his Glock everywhere he can in his shoulder holster. In a rush to make his flight to Houston for a business meeting, Pete...more

Dashing Through Non-Competes Christmas Style

Wanting to expand out of North Dakota before the Christmas season, Homer’s Christmas Tree Farm picked Bubba’s Christmas Farm in the Texas Panhandle. Knowing that Bubba’s employee, Skeeter Jones, was critical to Bubba’s...more

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