Tag Archives: Iowa Law

Do Fiduciary Duties Apply Between Equal, 50/50 Shareholders?

Fiduciary duties are often described as the highest duties recognized under the law.  Their application, however, is often challenged by litigants in court.  In a recent case before Iowa’s Business Court, the Honorable Judge John Telleen was tasked with determining whether equal, 50/50 … Continue reading

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Protecting Your Trade Secret in the Court of Law

Savvy business owners understand the value of protecting proprietary information; especially when the information provides a competitive advantage in the marketplace (commonly referred to as a trade secret).  What happens, however, when your business is unexpectedly defending claims in our … Continue reading

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Follow State Law or Risk Negligence Per Se Claim

Negligence is a term commonly used by lawyers and non-lawyers alike.  But what does the term mean?  In short, this one word generally describes one party’s failure to exercise reasonable care, causing damage to another.  Recently, the Iowa Court of Appeals … Continue reading

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Cybersecurity and Your Business’ Board of Directors

A recent court opinion underscores the importance for a company’s board of directors to assess cybersecurity. As we’ve explored in several prior posts, directors are charged with exercising fiduciary duties, including the duties of care, loyalty, and oversight. It is … Continue reading

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Deleting Emails May Muddy Legals Waters

Purging emails has been the topic of conversation amongst political pundits over the past few weeks, but how, if at all, can cleansing emails create legal problems for your business? One example… the Court system. In short, Iowa law generally prohibits … Continue reading

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Sole Proprietorships in Iowa

A frequent issue that entrepreneurs face – and one they should seriously consider – is whether to create a formal legal entity, such as a limited liability company (L.L.C.), or remain a “sole proprietor.”  This post briefly identifies some of the … Continue reading

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Ousting a Corporate Director in Iowa

A Shareholder’s Power to Remove a Director From the Board of Directors Shareholders often inquire: How is a director removed from a corporation’s board of directors?  The question may be posed out of concern that the shareholder – who also … Continue reading

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2 Must Know Duties Between Partners in a Partnership

Legal Duties Between Iowa Partners The Holidays are upon us, and just as tempers can unfortunately flare during family gatherings, so too can they flare between partners at Holiday parties.  And while frustrations arise for good, bad, and other reasons, … Continue reading

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Business Divorce in Iowa – Can I Kick a Fellow Member Out of My Iowa Business?

Iowa Business Divorce Unfortunately, like some marriages, the exciting and passionate fire that burns between business owners and drives them to come together to do amazing work is replaced by a dull flame, bickering, money problems, and a deep yearning … Continue reading

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One Thing you Must Know if Someone Has Interfered With Your Contract

It’s often said that “it’s a cut-throat world,” “life is not fair,” and that in order to survive you must hustle.  While there is certainly truth to these concepts, taking your actions to the extreme, however, and proceeding with reckless … Continue reading

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