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New York Noncompete, Trade Secret & School Negligence Blog

This blog by the six-time published author Jonathan Cooper, is intended to educate the general public about issues of interest, particularly innovations and changes in the law, in the areas of non-compete agreements, breach of contract matters, school negligence (and/or negligent supervision), construction accidentsslip and/or trip and fall accidentsauto accidents, and, of course, defective or dangerous products

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10/25/2018
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This is Not What a Breach of Contract Action is For

Yesterday, I had a most disturbing conversation with a prospective client on a breach of contract matter. Our conversation ended poorly.

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10/24/2018
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How One Missing Non-Compete Provision Cost Employer Millions

A recent decision from a federal appeals court illustrates how a former employer still won big after employees left in droves with clients in tow

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9/20/2018
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Can an Email Alone Be Enough To Get a Case Dismissed in NY?

Earlier this year, NY's Court of Appeals weighed in on whether an email alone can suffice as documentary evidence to warrant the early dismissal of a lawsuit

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5/30/2018
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How Negligence v. Contract Breach Can Mean Winning or Losing

In this realm, NY's courts will usually impose either a negligence or breach of contract theory upon the parties. The distinction can mean winning or losing

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5/29/2018
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When a Third Party Can Recover for Breach of Contract in NY

There are two limited instances where New York's courts have permitted a third party beneficiary (as opposed to a direct party) to recover in breach of contract

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5/24/2018
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Can You Be Liable for Hurting a Seller's Amazon Ranking?

A May 18, 2018 filing in a NY Federal Court raises the question as to whether you can be liable in breach of contract for hurting a retailer's Amazon ranking

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3/27/2018
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How Avenatti is Making the Wrong Argument in NDA Breach Case

Objective analysis reveals that Stormy Daniels's attorney is clearly making the wrong argument for why her NDA with Trump shouldn't be enforceable

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1/30/2018
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NY Court: Suing to Rescind Contract Doesn't Equal Breach

A few months ago, NY's Court of Appeals issued an important - and correct - ruling that suing to rescind a contract doesn't constitute an anticipated breach

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11/29/2017
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When Hold Harmless Clauses Will Be Voided By New York Law

In the construction context, parties have tried to seek "hold harmless" and/or an additional insurance requirement from contractors. The distinction is critical

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11/29/2017
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Distinguishing Indemnity From Additional Insured in Contract

In the construction context, parties have tried to seek "hold harmless" and/or an additional insurance requirement from contractors. The distinction is critical

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11/8/2017
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Can Work Done in the Past Support a New Agreement?

A recent decision by one of New York's appellate courts highlights how a plaintiff lost what should have been a very winnable breach of contract case

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11/8/2017
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How to Prove a Breach of Contract Case in New York

What are the basic elements of a contract, and what you need to prove in the event that the contract is breached in order to win your case?

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10/16/2017
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When Corporate Officers Can Be Held Personally Liable in NY

A recent decision from a NY Appeals court serves as an important reminder - and warning - that corporate immunity isn't always there for the asking

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7/1/2017
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The Biggest Mistake You Can Make When Negotiating Contracts

There is one, overriding, all-encompassing, unfortunate mistake that companies & individuals miss when negotiating contracts - and it's largely avoidable.

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5/9/2017
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Court: Just Because Non-Compete Says It Doesn't Make it So

A recent decision from a Massachusetts trial court declining to issue a TRO barring a former employee from taking a new job is instructive for employers

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3/31/2017
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Can Existing Employees Be Forced to Sign Non-Competes in NY?

The answer as to whether an employer can force their employees to sign a non-compete mid-stream is a bit complicated, and depends on your jurisdiction

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6/29/2016
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How a NY Contractor Was Bilked Out of Fees for "Extra Work"

This case is an object lesson in what can happen when you fail to memorialize your change work orders in writing, explains Jonathan Cooper

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3/30/2016
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NY Court: Financial Advisors Aren't Professionals

While financial advisors might take offense at being told they aren't "professionals," they shouldn't. It means they face far less liability to being sued

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3/29/2016
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The Single, Best Way to Protect Your Broker's Commissions

If you are an insurance broker, and were wondering how you are supposed to protect against having your commission agreement breached, here's your roadmap.

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3/22/2016
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Why Documents Alone Rarely Get Outright Dismissal of a Case

Documentary evidence alone, even if compelling, are usually insufficient to get a case dismissed at the outset of a case, says Jonathan Cooper

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3/10/2016
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Does Bankruptcy Immunize Company From Non-Compete Claims?

When OfficeMax and A & P squared off over a senior level employee's non-compete, Court was called to address whether bankruptcy rendered the case moot

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3/9/2016
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Bad Faith Found, Allstate Liable for Consequential Damages

I found myself cheering when the Westchester County trial court hit Allstate for its bad faith refusal to honor this signfiicant, and righteous insurance claim

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3/7/2016
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The Best Defense to Tortious Interference Claims in New York

When it comes to tortious interference with contract claims, one of required elements makes it tough to prove your case under NY law, says Jonathan Cooper

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3/3/2016
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The Most Critical Factor to Establishing Waiver as a Defense

There is one clearly important factor to establish before a court will even consider waiver as a defense, says NY breach of contract attorney Jonathan Cooper

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3/2/2016
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The Different Ways an Insurance Broker Can Be Liable in NY

There are some circumstances where an insurance broker can be held on the hook when your insurer doesn't own up, explains Jonathan Cooper

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