"Oh my gosh, I've been sued. What should I do now?" For businesses and individuals fortunate enough to have never asked this question, the answer is fairly simple.
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Goosmann Law Firm proudly won a $231,000 jury verdict for Rick Bertrand against the Iowa Democratic Party and Rick Mullin. The Woodbury County jury awarded Rick Bertrand $231,000 in damages after finding that Bertrand’s opponent and the Democratic Party committed libel and slander in a television ad in their 2010 race for an Iowa Senate seat.
Attorney Anthony Osborn, of the Goosmann Law Firm, was recently featured in the March 2014 issue of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Construction Newsletter "Under Construction", the newsletter of the ABA forum on the Construction Industry, for his co-authored article which talks about "How to Draft Lawsuits to Trigger Insurance Coverage".
October 14, 2013. Businesses of all sizes, from small family-owned businesses to national or international corporations, contact me routinely when they are having trouble collecting debts. One of the first things I want to know is whether any individuals have signed a personal guaranty relative to the debt. What is a personal guaranty? Generally speaking, it’s a document signed by a person which obligates him or her to pay a corporate debt in the event the corporation fails to do so.
September 23, 2013. Many state and federal court lawsuits implicate various types of sensitive business information, such as financial records, information regarding volumes of sales and purchases, customer or vendor lists, confidential trade secrets, and other types of proprietary information which you don’t want to share with anyone, let alone the general public or perhaps a business competitor. Don’t panic. In most instances, your attorney will be able to ask the court for a protective order, which is an order limiting the use or other disclosure of your sensitive or proprietary business information. A free sample protective order can be viewed here.
August 12, 2013. It is important for your business to maintain a consistent document retention policy. In doing so, do not overlook Electronically-Stored Information (“ESI”). In the modern world, people tend to send text messages and emails versus sending letters on fancy letterhead. In addition, while many companies have had document management systems in place for years, many have not adapted those systems to properly account for electronic communications. Work-related emails and text messages (and significant voicemails) should be retained no differently than communications that arrive in an envelope.