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San Francisco, CA – ( NewMediaWire ) – October 13, 2020 – For many people, their greatest fear is getting sued. There is nothing like getting served with a lawsuit and the fear of what this might mean for the future. While many people like the joy that comes with building a business from the ground up, the reality is that those who decide to start a small business face a great deal of risk when it comes to getting sued. Simon Peel formerly of Jitterbit is an industry expert and he is here to discuss the steps that small business owners can take to avoid the risk of getting sued.

Simon Peel formerly of Jitterbit Discusses the Role of Getting Incorporated

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Oct. 12 (UPI) — Generic drug manufacturer Mallinckrodt filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday as part of a large settlement with authorities over its role in the U.S. opioid epidemic.

The filing, made in Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, said the company has restructured debts to cope with billions of dollars in potential legal liabilities, as state and federal authorities sue to retrieve tax dollars that were spent on the health crisis.

Mallinckrodt, a U.S. company based in Ireland, said its subsidiaries will continue to operate during the bankruptcy proceedings.

The move was viewed by the board of directors as “the best opportunity to maximize the value of the enterprise and position the company for the future in light of the current challenges it faces,” President and CEO Mark Trudeau said in a statement.

“The actions we are taking are an important step forward for Mallinckrodt

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Mallinckrodt, the largest maker of generic opioids, filed for bankruptcy on Monday as it faces more than $1 billion in costs from lawsuits over its role in fueling the opioid crisis.

The company in February agreed to the framework of a $1.6 billion settlement with 47 attorneys general from states and territories over opioid-related lawsuits.

On Monday, the company detailed a structure for making those settlement payments, beginning with a $450 million payment upon emerging from bankruptcy proceedings.

“For years, they balanced their business on the backs of a product they knew was dangerous and deadly,” Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said in a statement on Monday. “As Mallinckrodt now collapses and files for bankruptcy, this agreement ensures $1.6 billion will be placed in a trust and used to directly address the pain, suffering and trauma caused by the opioid epidemic.”

The company is also agreeing to terms to prevent

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DENVER — When James Blanchard designed his winery and taproom in Denver’s Dairy Block two years ago, compliance was front of mind.

“Making sure your entry doorways are wide enough, your table spacing is wide enough, I have clear pathways to the restroom,” said Blanchard, who owns Blanchard Family Wines with his brother. “We 100% want to be accessible, we want to be compliant, we want to be inclusive for all.”

So it came as a surprise when he was summoned to court this year. He is being sued for noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“There was no letters no notice, no warning, just ‘you have been served,'” he said.

The lawsuit was brought by a blind Coloradan, David Katt, who is being represented by a New Jersey law firm called Marcus & Zelman. The lawsuit alleges the website for Blanchard Family Wines fails to meet numerous ADA

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a large chocolate covered donut: Irene compared Dunkin' and Krispy Kreme's pumpkin spice donuts. Irene Jiang/Business Insider


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Irene compared Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme’s pumpkin spice donuts. Irene Jiang/Business Insider

Welcome to another week of Insider Retail, Business Insider’s weekly round-up of everything that’s happening in restaurants and retail. If you haven’t already subscribed, you can do so here and enjoy an immediate boost to your Fridays, brought to you by me, Shoshy Ciment, and my colleague, Kate Taylor.

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A lot happened in the McDonald’s universe this week. Here’s everything in a nutshell.

  • We learned a bit more about David Fairhust, the former McDonald’s HR head who was reportedly fired for making women uncomfortable. Some insiders described his behavior as “gross and dirty.” This all comes as the chain sues its former CEO Steve Easterbrook.
  • McDonald’s was also hit with a $1 billion racial-discrimination lawsuit, filed by 52 Black ex-franchisees. Read
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Coronavirus insurance disputes levied by commercial real estate tenants and landlords have filled up court rosters over the past six months.

U.S.-based bars, restaurants, retailers and other businesses have filed more than 1,000 lawsuits since March, asking courts to interpret portions of their commercial liability policies, including business interruption insurance, and rule that insurance companies must pay out for losses from the coronavirus shutdown.

Though court decisions are still extremely limited, so far these suits aren’t falling in these businesses’ favor.

Business interruption insurance offers financial offsets when a company loses income during a covered, insurable event.

Early on in the pandemic, the insurance industry warned many types of coverage, including business interruption, likely would not apply. But restaurants and other tenants and landlords have kept pushing the issue, looking for loopholes to force insurance carriers to pay out to make up for income losses sustained when having to shut

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In May, ProPublica and The Texas Tribune set out to answer a question: Which debt collectors were filing the most lawsuits in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic, which has put more than 3 million Texas residents out of work?

To do this, reporters focused on Texas’ 800-plus justice of the peace courts, where most debt claims are filed. The vast majority of the state’s 254 counties don’t post justice records online, but an initial search of records in two large counties that do, home to the cities of Houston and Fort Worth,

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