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Indemnifying Errant Employees

  Today’s New York Times carries a very interesting column by Steven M. Davidoff, a professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, on the contrast between how publicly-held and privately-held companies treat requests for indemnification from errant executives. Indemnification requires an employer to pay any damages awarded against an executive (and usually cover [...]

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Hewlett-Packard’s Board: Inept, spineless or both?

  I thought this article by Joe Nocera from Saturday’s New York Times on the Mark Hurd/Hewlett Packard fiasco was really interesting.    As you will recall, Hurd was the CEO of HP before he was fired for fudging his expense reports in order to hide his relationship with Jodie Fisher, a former soft-core porn actress [...]

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Dealing with alcoholic employees

  One issue that makes employers very nervous is dealing with employees who have problems with alcohol.  A new decision by a federal district court judge in St. Paul will help to clarify an employer’s obligations.    The plaintiff in the case, Buzzard v. Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad Company,  has a long history of chronic [...]

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Did UnitedHealth Group cross a line by asking its employees to lobby against health care reform?

Minneapolis-based UnitedHealth Group is taking some heat for providing form letters to its 75,000 U.S. employees opposing aspects of the health care reform bill working its way through Congress.  The company also urged employees to write letters to local newspapers and then share those letters with the company’s lobbying arm. One of the form letters provided [...]

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Denny Hecker alleges that a former employee stole privileged documents

As reported in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, there is a very interesting sideshow developing in the bankruptcy case of former auto mogul Denny Hecker: his attorneys are demanding that one of his creditors,  Chrysler Financial, return thousands of internal documents that Hecker alleges were stolen in 2008 by his former executive assistant, Cindy Bowser.  Chrysler Financial, [...]

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Legal Ethics is not Oxymoronic!

My friend and nationally-known ethics maven Eric Cooperstein is chairing a 1/2 day seminar on Friday, December 4, 2009 at the Minnesota CLE center in Minneapolis.  More details and registration here.  My session will feature videos and audience participation.  Topics will include dealing with clients who lie, and collecting fees.  Since my clients never lie and [...]

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