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Despite advances in technology, increased consumer education, and abundant access to information, investment-related scams remain prevalent and will only increase in 2020. Some experts say after a year of strong stock market results in 2019, scammers will use those gains …


A “trade secret” is broadly defined as any formula, pattern, device or compilation of information unknown to others that gives the owners an opportunity to obtain an advantage over competitors. Public policy supports protecting corporate trade secrets to encourage innovation …


Creating a successful business that can support your family is an amazing accomplishment. And building that business with family you love and trust can make it even more rewarding. Unfortunately, family businesses can fall victim to the same infighting that …


News over the last decade has highlighted the horror stories surrounding fraudulent financial activity and its far-reaching impacts. According to financial regulators, millions of Americans are defrauded every year. With so many predators seeking to steal from innocent investors and …


Shareholder disputes can be inevitable. Companies need to understand how to most effectively diffuse these disputes when they happen and what constructive steps they can take to avoid intensifying the disagreement. Below are practical steps that can mitigate the consequences …


Many turn to IT support in the event our laptops, home computers, or other devices appear to be having technical difficulties. Recently, however, two individuals were indicted for running what could be one of the largest tech-support scams ever recorded.


The average business loses 5% of its yearly income to fraud according to an Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Global Fraud Study. Increasingly, business fraud takes the form of a Ponzi scheme. Investors and businesses alike need to understand what a Ponzi scheme looks like to avoid falling victim. To confuse things, investments-gone-bad are increasingly being called Ponzi schemes by people who should know better. Failing to recognize the difference can prevent an investor from pursuing the best remedy to recover their investment losses.


The doctrine of sovereign immunity deprives federal and state courts of jurisdiction over suits against governments and their agencies unless the government waives immunity. The Eleventh Amendment enshrines sovereign immunity in our Constitution: “The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State.” In other words, the Constitution divests federal courts of jurisdiction over suits against states or their agencies.


Many retailers are finding it increasingly difficult to keep their brick-and-mortar businesses afloat. Each week seems to bring new reports of another once-popular chain shuttering its doors or filing for bankruptcy. What you don’t often see, however, is the SEC getting involved. This is exactly what occurred when the SEC alleged Conn’s engaged in improper accounting practices.