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Understanding Legalese With Ease: Jury trial versus Bench Trial

A bench trial, or trial by judge, means that only a judge will be present. The judge will listen to both sides present their case, evaluate the evidence, and rule on the matter at hand.

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Never Stop Fighting Until the Fight is Done

I just got back from a mediation in a case in which I represent 33 franchisees against a franchisor in the automotive repair industry. I love mediation. However, as happens so many times, the parties came in with drastically divergent expectations and the majority of the mediation involved the parties figuring out the other’s expectations.

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Understanding Legalese With Ease: Franchise

A special privilege conferred by government upon an individual or corporation, and which does not belong to the citizens of the country generally, of common right. It is essential to the character of a franchise that it should be a grant from the sovereign authority, and in this country no franchise can be held which is not derived from a law of the state.

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Understanding Legalese With Ease: Class Action

A class action is a lawsuit that represents a group of people who all fit the same definition of a “class member” as defined in the lawsuit. In class action cases, one or a few “class representatives” are chosen to represent the entire group.

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Understanding Legalese with Ease: Arbitration

Arbitration is a meeting between both parties that happens outside of court. Each side will present their complaints/arguments and the designated Arbitrator will decide what action should be taken, if any.

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Investigating Curves Franchise

Our law office is investigating franchisee claims against Curves. We are interested in discussing your experience with Curves at your convenience.

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Spring Has Sprung!

Spring has finally sprung at Fortman Law! After hours of raking and weeding, we are finally seeing some beautiful flowers popping up around the office. Here’s hoping it’s sunny and bright wherever you are.

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Video Bloopers

Unsurprisingly, Kelly and Teresa were not able to knock out the recent videos in one try. This caused a bit of frustration, and a lot of laughter. We were able to pull together quite a few comical clips from a day of video making.

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New Videos! Are You Having Problems With Your Franchise?

Are you having problems with your franchise? Do you feel like you are a victim of a franchise scam?

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New Videos! Are You Considering Buying a Franchise?

Are you considering buying a franchise? If you are looking into buying a franchise, it is incredibly important that you contact a franchise attorney before signing your contract.

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