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September 2017 Archives

Preventing sexual harassment in the workplace

One of the most alarming accusations you could face within your company in Texas involves sexual harassment. Here at Wright and Greenhill P.C., we understand the devastating effects that sexual harassment allegations can have on the workplace, and we actively seek truth and justice. According to IntegrityHR, up to one fifth of all men, and up to two thirds of all women, have been the victims of unsolicited sexual behavior at work. Therefore, in order to protect yourself and your employees, it is important to take some proactive steps.

Protecting intellectual property

Stolen property is typically an obvious crime to identify. However, intellectual property can be a bit more complicated to recognize and enforce in Texas. According to Cornell Law School, intellectual property encompasses the intangible products of the human mind, including the communication of ideas, inventions, concepts and artistic creations. In most cases, this type of property is protected by copyrights, trademarks, patents and, less commonly, trade secrets.

6 costly legal mistakes that startup businesses make

When launching a business, owners have a host of things on their "to do" list. There's product development, marketing, sales, computer equipment and a host of other concerns. Legal issues seldom make the list, and if they do, they're not at the top. It's no surprise, then, that small-business owners often make legal mistakes.

Breach of fiduciary duty

Many companies in Texas rely upon external sources to provide counsel and help grow their business. These people, called fiduciaries, have a duty to the company to act in its best interests and assist in its success as much as possible. According to Cornell Law School, there are several areas in which a fiduciary is accountable to its beneficiary (the company whose well-being is entrusted to him or her). One duty is confidentiality. The fiduciary should be reasonably expected not to reveal sensitive information publicly. On the other hand, the duty of disclosure requires that the fiduciary share pertinent information with interested parties when appropriate, rather than attempting to hide certain facets of the company. Prudence and good faith dictate that the fiduciary act with the necessary attention to detail and upstanding ethics to promote the company's overall healthy and growth.

The illegality of price fixing agreements

Price fixing agreements are generally illegal as violating anti-trust laws in Texas and elsewhere in the United States. These illegal arrangements occur when two or more companies collude to increase or decrease product prices to bring about a particular effect. It can also occur by manipulating prices to be unnaturally stable when they should otherwise fluctuate because of other influences.

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