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WITHOUT CAREFULLY READING AND ANALYZING ALL OF THE TERMS OF ALL OF YOUR POLICIES, YOU WON’T KNOW IF A LOSS IS COVERED UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE!
Will the Insurance Compensate for the Loss?
“On January 13, 1960, at about 7 p.m., an automobile was seen traveling southwardly on U.S. Route No. 15 near Dillsburg in York County. It left the main right-of-way, crossed the berm, crossed over a grass plot in front of a gasoline station, returned to the highway and then after some general weaving veered off into a ditch where it abruptly stopped, its front end pointing downward at an angle of 45 degrees over a concrete culvert, its rear, like the stern of a sinking ship, raised high.” Brenneman v.
NEGLIGENT HIRING, RETENTION AND SUPERVISION OF EMPLOYEES CAN COST YOUR COMPANY MONEY!
Employers are conditioned by discrimination lawsuits to avoid background checks and to avoid disciplining and firing workers. For example, so-called “ban the box” statutes forbidding including questions about past criminal convictions on employment applications have caused employers to be lax in hiring standards. Wrongful termination lawsuits have made employers wary of disciplining or firing underperformers.
Nevertheless, members of the public can and do sue companies whose workers commit crimes or cause other harm.
The employees stole from the customers???!!!
Employees of American District Telegraph Corporation (“ADT”) stole thousands of dollars worth of liquor from International Distributing Corporation (“liquor store”).
On June 21st the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Knick v. Scott Township, which materially expanded the ability of private property owners to go to federal court to defend their property rights. The Court overturned a 34-year old decision that required property owners to litigate “takings” claims in state court before they were allowed to sue in federal court. The Knick decision broadly expands projections of private property rights by allowing property owners to bring a takings claim directly in federal court.
The key to Knick is identifying the point in time when a property owner can sue over an alleged taking—(1) as soon as government action causes an alleged “taking” of property; or (2) later, only when it refuses to pay just compensation.
Gammage & Burnham is pleased to welcome Ian K. Douglas to our team of experienced attorneys! Ian’s practice is focused on real estate and commercial finance. Ian has broad experience practicing law in Arizona as well as in New Mexico, where he is also licensed. When asked what he was most looking forward to about joining G&B, Ian said: “I am excited to be working with the firm’s team of excellent lawyers”.
Ian represents school districts, home builders, developers and investors in all aspects of the acquisition and disposition of real property. He also represents regional and national landlords and tenants and he has represented international mining companies and utility companies in real estate matters.
We are pleased to announce that Gammage & Burnham attorney Richard Mahrle has been named to the Encanto Village Planning Committee in Phoenix. He looks forward to serving in this capacity and lending his considerable legal knowledge to his community.
In his professional life, Rick represents clients in state and federal court in commercial disputes involving construction, business dissolutions, corporate governance, contract enforcement, and employment matters. His experience handling employment matters includes restrictive employment covenants, defending wrongful termination and discrimination claims and advising employers on complying with employment laws.
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