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Cyber Security: Forewarned is Fair-Warned

Posted in Legal Risk Management

When Wei Wong, owner of Sushi Mushi, a popular Japanese food bistro in Texas, installed a phone add-on to take credit and debit card payments straight from his employees’ phones, his revenues skyrocketed. Yesterday the Feds told him that his customers’ credit and debit card numbers were posted for sale on an underground website. Malware planted… Continue Reading

Affluenza – Is It Contagious?

Posted in Family Issues, Legal Risk Management, Money

Taking advantage of his car dealership owning parents being on vacation in the Bahamas, Cache Bar, a minor, invites his high school buddies over to liberate his parents’ locked libation cabinet. Well lubricated, Cache builds quite the bonfire in the backyard knowing that no one in their hometown of Daughtry, Texas, can water their lawns… Continue Reading

IRS Tax Emails

Posted in Legal Risk Management

By now, you’ve probably heard about the IRS claiming they lost emails pertaining to the investigation of conservative groups applying for 501(c)(4) status. If you’re interested in a tax attorney’s perspective, watch Gray Reed’s own David Gair on LXBNTV.

Online Reputation Protection and Repair

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Arriving at his warehouse last week Knott Faire, owner of Faire Carpet Cleaning, discovered yet another complaining critique posted on WELP: “Lots of hype, a mediocre cleaning and a hassle at the end. Don’t get tied up with Knott!” In over 75 previous reviews only 3 were slightly negative. Since the “hype” complaint, another dozen… Continue Reading

What and How You Sign a Contract Matters

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Needing a sales boost for his new line of fashion catheters, Sy Noff, owner and President of Med, Inc., retained advertising gurus Draper & Olson. Their contract provided for signature by Sy Noff as “President and CEO” of “Med Catheter Corp, Inc.” After a three-martini lunch, Draper & Olson run up a $100,000 bill creating an… Continue Reading

Avoiding Judicial Hellholes

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Special thanks to Gray Reed’s Drew York for this blog contribution. Bedder Sailz, a salesman for Orange Computers, Inc., lives in Seattle, Washington, and frequently travels on business. After successfully closing a computer deal in Dallas, Sailz catches East-West-Wings (EWW) flight #101 from Dallas home to Seattle. When the plane’s front wheel collapses on landing,… Continue Reading

The Case of the Defamed Doctor – SLAPP’ing Down Defamation Cases in Texas

Posted in Constitutional Rights & Issues, Legal Risk Management, Social Media & The Internet

Special thanks to guest blogger Alex Fuller for this month’s post.             Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;             ‘Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands;             But he that filches from me my good name             Robs me of that which not enriches him,             And makes me… Continue Reading

Don’t Be a Target: Mitigating Liability From Cyber Attacks

Posted in Legal Risk Management

During the holiday season, Bullseye, a big box retailer, was the victim of a cyber attack that compromised the credit and debit card information (including PIN and CVV codes) of nearly 40 million of its customers.  The attack immediately spawned dozens of class action lawsuits against Bullseye by customers, alleging that the retailer was negligent… Continue Reading

Lost or Stolen: Liability for Unauthorized Credit Card Charges

Posted in Legal Risk Management, Money

On a brisk January day, Mary A. Richman opened her mailbox and was confronted with the sobering sight of thick envelopes from Visa, American Express and MasterCard each containing a month’s worth of extravagant Christmas purchases.  Although she expected the bills to be large, she didn’t expect them to be this large.  When she carefully… Continue Reading

In the Line of Fire

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Amon Fire and B.A. Ware have been hunting buddies since high school and have hunted with each other many times.  The two men head out one crisp November day to go turkey hunting, as they are bound and determined that this year’s Thanksgiving bird will not come from the local grocery store.  Fire and Ware… Continue Reading

Caught Coming and Going!

Posted in Legal Risk Management

Wanting to comply with the latest edict of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and give a recently released felon a break, Awft N. Cawssius ignored Pa Roll’s answer of “yes” to whether he had been convicted of a crime in the last five years and hired Pa to work as an armed security guard at Awft’s… Continue Reading

Them’s Fighting Words!

Posted in Legal Risk Management

With Halloween less than a week away, Bill Hatfield and his neighbor Randy McCoy are at it again. This time, it’s over McCoy’s pumpkin orange 38-foot recreational vehicle parked in front of his house.  Hatfield demands McCoy remove the eyesore.  When McCoy refuses, Hatfield successfully recruits other neighbors who together spearhead passage of a local… Continue Reading

In Fear of Your Life

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Out for a sunny ride on a lazy Sunday afternoon Izzy Skeerd and his family suddenly found themselves surrounded by motorcycles in front, behind and on either side of their sport utility vehicle. One motorcyclist was wearing a GoPro camera that later showed EZ Ryder “brake-checking” Izzy’s SUV. When Izzy tapped EZ’s rear tire and… Continue Reading

Is Revenge Porn Legal?

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In the aftermath of her failed relationship with Mortie Fyed, Ima Riled did the unthinkable: She uploaded sexually explicit photos and videos of Mortie online – photos Mortie sent Ima in confidence. Ima allegedly posted them to scores of revenge porn sites, online hubs where scorned exes publish intimate photos without their former lovers’ consent…. Continue Reading

Asylum’s Just Another Word for Nowhere Left to Go

Posted in Criminal Law, Legal Risk Management

U. Hyde Meah’s employer required him to agree contractually that top secret information he reviewed as a technical contractor for the United States government would not be disclosed. Later Hyde leaked details of several top-secret mass surveillance programs to the press. Hyde sees himself as a hero and a whistleblower. The U.S. government views him… Continue Reading

The Supreme Court Narrows the Definition of “Supervisor” – The Cat’s Meow for Corporations

Posted in Employment & Labor, Legal Risk Management

Ellen Tabby, an African-American, has worked for Binge and Purr, a cat food manufacturing company, for several years.  Tabby reports to Stephanie Schnauzer, who is white. Tabby and Schnauzer argue like cats and dogs. Tabby is convinced that Schnauzer’s poor attitude toward her is rooted in the fact that Tabby is African-American.   Although Schnauzer directs… Continue Reading

Protecting Your Piece of the Pie: Texas Adopts the Uniform Trade Secrets Act

Posted in Legal Risk Management, Property Issues

Pizza the Action is a major distributor of pizza dough and toppings and provides these products to many large national pizza chains.  Pizza the Action’s top sales person, Eaton Wright, just announced that he was resigning and that he had accepted a position with The Pie’s the Limit, an upstart competitor in the very same… Continue Reading

Mistakes Have Consequences – British Petroleum’s Settlement

Posted in Legal Risk Management, Money

Three years ago, Tilting told tales of oil spill legal problems suffered by Forrest Gump, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Wok Ann chu-gumm Seafood Restaurants, Chef Red Fishy and Bishop Carp. Tilting predicted class action lawsuits against British Petroleum and big settlements. Bubba, Chef Red and Bishop Carp ignored Tilting’s advice and never joined a lawsuit…. Continue Reading

Have Gun, Will Travel: Owner’s Liability to Patrons for Violent Acts

Posted in Constitutional Rights & Issues, Criminal Law, Legal Risk Management, Property Issues

Attendees at the midnight showing of the remake of the movie “Paladin – the Gentleman Black Knight” were ambushed at the Orpheum Theater. According to news reports the accused bought a ticket and sat in the audience. He waited until after the movie started and then stepped out where he donned riot gear and re-entered… Continue Reading