The Texas Supreme Court just handed businesses a tremendous victory concerning trade secrets. The issue - Businesses fight hard and often take extreme measures to protect their trade secrets from falling into the hands of a competitor. One tactic that is often employed is to have each employee execute a confidentiality agreement. The conundrum, of course, comes with a business tries … [Read more...] about Mission Impossible? Protecting Trade Secrets
With the expansion of I-35 through Lewisville, many landowners will receive an offer letter from the State of Texas for taking their land to build the expanded Interstate. This letter is only the first communication a landowner will receive and begins their eminent domain process. The State cannot condemn property until it provides the landowner with a copy of a certified appraisal. The … [Read more...] about Three Parts to Make Landowners Whole
In building a small business, owners work hard to network and develop a customer base that creates repeat business and referrals from satisfied customers. Owners grow their business and hire employees to make sales or provide services to those customers. To be successful, employees develop close customer relationships, so what happens when an employee voluntarily or involuntarily leaves their … [Read more...] about To Compete or to Non-Compete
When the State of Texas wants to take your land, the process begins with an offer letter. The State must provide you with a description of the property they intend to take and a monetary offer. Before the State can file suit, it must provide you with a final offer and an appraisal from a certified appraiser with the fair market value of the property it is taking. In reviewing these offers, you … [Read more...] about Just Compensation When the Government Takes Your Land
Eminent domain is the authority given to certain entities that allows them to take private property for a public purpose. This authority is given to Cities, Counties, the State of Texas, and to companies that build pipelines for the transportation of oil and gas for a third party. These are condemnors. A condemnor will want to negotiate an agreed price for the land, but if an agreement cannot … [Read more...] about What Do You Do if the Government Wants to Take Your Land?