Sunday Funnies

January 9, 2018

BANKRUPTCY’S FRESH START

For small businesses, just as for individuals, bankruptcy should dispose of all disputes with their creditors.  A discharge under Chapter 7 or confirmation of a payment […]
December 21, 2017

WHAT TO MY WONDERING EYES SHOULD APPEAR…

… but a massive, enormous, extravagant Christmas lights display on what used to be a quiet residential corner. In an era when enterprising people organize paying […]
October 26, 2017

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR LLC’S CORPORATE VEIL

Limited liability is the cornerstone of modern, corporate free enterprise.  It means the entrepreneur puts no more of their personal fortune at risk than they invest […]
October 17, 2017

A NEW TWIST TO AN OLD QUESTION ABOUT NON-COMPETES

The purpose of non-compete agreements, paradoxically, is to allow competition (there is a right to work and compete), all while preventing unfair competition by protecting employers’ Legitimate Business […]
August 17, 2017

FIRE THEM! OR CAN YOU?

In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, a question came up in the business community.  Can you fire someone for being a white supremacist? The […]
August 4, 2017

THE SCOURGE OF PROFESSIONAL PLAINTIFFS

The ADA is a noble law, and not just for bleeding-heart types of reasons. Certainly, it is primarily motivated by the emotional desire to see those […]
August 3, 2017

BUT WE’RE FAMILY!

We’re all family.  We all get along.  So we don’t need to pay a lawyer to prepare all kinds of paperwork for our family business. Right? […]
July 25, 2017

YOU’RE ON JURY DUTY. NOW WHAT?

If you have been selected for jury duty, a New York Times headline might have grabbed your attention.  It said that “Jury Secrecy Doesn’t Apply if […]
July 19, 2017

DELTA MESSED UP. ARE THE LAWYERS TO BLAME?

The most useful and most ignored advice in crisis management is this: say it early, say it all, and say it yourself. But when media personality […]
February 10, 2017

DOWN IN THE TRENCHES

Do you know the difference between general and special damages? One “actually and necessarily” flows from the alleged wrong; the other “might result” from it but […]
January 31, 2017

CHOOSE YOUR REGISTERED AGENT CAREFULLY

For businesses, the first quarter of each year brings a number of fiscal and legal obligations.  A business must, for instance, file its Annual Report with […]
January 24, 2017

HOW THE YEAR ENDED

The Florida Supreme Court decides remarkably few civil decisions, and even fewer commercial ones.  Its docket is dominated by review of death-penalty decisions and updating rules […]
February 29, 2016

PRISONERS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS

Jailhouse lawyers have a lot of time on their hands.  They also can be darn creative.  A counterfeiter spending ten years as a guest of the […]
July 4, 2015

HAPPY FOURTH!

A Happy Fourth for July from all of us at the Roth Law Firm. And remember to stay safe. As a court had to remind litigants […]
May 24, 2015

DISCORDANT NOTES

Overprotective parents insisting that their offspring have a constitutional (if not divine) right to enjoy every aspect of school life can lead to some of the […]
April 19, 2015

DELECTABLE PROOF

It is true of course that it does not matter what one knows, only what one can prove.  But even that elementary concept can be pushed […]
March 29, 2015

MOW THAT LAWN, WASH THOSE WINDOWS

Police officers coming upon a poorly maintained house entered it without a warrant.  They claimed they believed it to be abandoned.  The Court had none of […]
December 24, 2014

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Happy Holidays to all, whatever your Holiday of choice, be it Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, Festivus, or something else meaningful to you. In the spirit of the […]
November 30, 2014

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE PRESS…

… we regret to inform you that one court, in 1993, clearly held that newspapers are not “of such indisputable accuracy as would justify judicial reliance.”  Sorry.
November 16, 2014

GOOD OLE DAYS

In the good ole days – say, the turn of the last century – a farmer sued a tractor’s vendor for false advertising.  Since he could […]
November 2, 2014

NONSENSE OF THE HIGHEST DEGREE

I quote, without adornment, the fine people from law.com: “The Nebraska Supreme Court has just banned smoking in cigar bars. Yes, for real.” ‘nough said.