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Disputed signature keeps case out of arbitration

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Applying a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling, the Court of Appeals Western District declined to compel arbitration for a man who claims not to have co-signed his grandson’s title loan.

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Closing a business deal remotely? Know the risks

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This is a good time to remind business deal makers and inventors — especially newer entrepreneurs and start-up companies — to follow a comprehensive check list to protect the ownership of their new products and services prior to disclosing them to a third party.

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Attorneys find new work as insurers deny COVID-19 coverage

Lauren Tucker McCubbin, Reed Martens, Alex Roje, Ryan Frazier

In a rapidly emerging practice area for large and small firms alike, attorneys increasingly are counseling business owners who have been denied coverage under the “business interruption” portions of their commercial insurance policies.

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Crisis management response: What the board wants

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Crisis response is now a primary focus of internal and external stakeholders alike. Corporate board directors, as one of these groups of stakeholders, are, or should be, an important part of the crisis management process.

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Compensation report reflects importance of health, science sectors

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BarkerGilmore, a Fairport, New York-based legal industry consultant and executive search consultant, has released its first-ever study of in-house compensation for attorneys specifically in the health care and life science industries. While BarkerGilmore’s annual survey of in-house counsel compensation overall ...

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Coworking spaces gain popularity, especially on smaller scale

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From startups to companies looking to expand, coworking arrangements have increasingly become a viable alternative to traditional office space leasing. While there have been some setbacks, experts predict that the industry will continue to grow in the foreseeable future. Coworking, where ...

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George E. Wolf to join architectural firm as general counsel

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George E. Wolf III, whose last day as a Jackson County circuit judge was March 16, has joined Kansas City-based architectural, engineering and planning firm HNTB Corporation. According to court spokeswoman Valerie Hartman, Wolf will serve as general counsel of ...

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Why ‘ban the box’ rules are becoming more popular

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In January 2021, a “Ban the Box” ordinance will go into effect in St. Louis, making it the latest major city in Missouri to enact legislation that restricts employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history. The St. Louis measure ...

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