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Welcome to BFV E-News. We've prepared the articles, information and updates below to help keep you informed. We believe knowledge is power and we are committed to helping you achieve your business goals. Enjoy! We welcome your feedback .
"Soho Grifter" Demonstrates Importance of Due Diligence

Sometimes an exciting business opportunity really is too good to be true. In the past year, several news stories have captured the public's attention in what has come to be known as the "Summer of Scam." The common thread in these high-profile cases seems to be lack of due diligence. When considering investing in a business, it is important to do your due diligence, including to ask questions, especially the uncomfortable ones...

DOL Proposes Higher Overtime Salary Threshold

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released its long-anticipated revised "overtime rule." Under the proposed rule, workers earning less than $35,308 would be eligible for overtime payment. While it is anticipated that a new rule won't be effective until 2020, nothing is certain. What should employers do now?

Another Call for Non-Compete Reform

Continuing calls for non-compete reform, especially for lower wage workers, is likely to continue. Recently, a group of unions, nonprofits and professors asked the Federal Trade Commission to put an end to non-compete agreements across the United States. Companies would be advised to think more carefully about the types of employees they require to sign non-competes.

When is a Letter of Intent not a Letter of Intent?

Often overlooked, and even more often mischaracterized, a letter of intent provides a valuable guide and preliminary structure for parties entering into a commercial real estate transaction. However, without a proper understanding of the purpose and utility, uninformed parties may find themselves in a binding transaction without a way out - even without having signed a formal purchase and sale agreement or lease.

BFV's Global Reach

We are proud to be a member of LawPact, an international association of independent law firms. With an extensive network of 66-member firms in 28 countries, LawPact allows Berman Fink Van Horn to serve our clients' needs not only in Georgia, the Southeast and the U.S., but also in many parts of the world. Benjamin Fink recently spent time with lawyers from Belgium, Canada, Poland, India, Panama, Mexico, Chile, Austria, the United Arab Emirates and of course ....

HOT OFF THE PRESS: "Life's Too Short for A Bad Business Partner ." Bill Piercy published his first book, providing an insightful, practical and easy-to-read guide to ending an unproductive business relationship and moving on. LEARN MORE or LISTEN TO THE PODCAST
Charles Van Horn Appointed to Marriott Data Breach Case.  Chuck was appointed to a leadership role for the Marriott data breach case. Notably, Chuck also serves leadership roles in high-profile data breach cases against Equifax, Home Depot and Arby's. READ MORE
9 BFV Attorneys Named "Super Lawyers" in 2019.  Congratulations to the following attorneys for being named a 2019 Georgia Super Lawyer: Benjamin Fink , Alan Lubel , Charles Van Horn, Bill Piercy and Ken Winkler . Super Lawyers Rising Stars include: Malone Allen , Lea Dearing , Daniel Park and Neal Weinrich .
Congratulations to Lea Dearing & "In a Nutshell."   Lea and her horse "In a Nutshell," otherwise affectionately known as "Shelly," were named champion of the Amateur Country English Pleasure in Scottsdale, Ariz. In addition, Shelly has also recently earned the Region 14 Champion title. Shelly was bred and raised at Lea's family farm.
About Berman Fink Van Horn P.C.

Berman Fink Van Horn is a full-service law firm that provides legal services to a diverse group of clients in the areas of business and real estate litigation; non-compete and trade secrets;  mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance; labor and employment; banking & creditors' rights; commercial real estate; and general legal services for mid-market companies, family-owned businesses and entrepreneurial/start-up endeavors. Our attorneys take great pride in delivering a results-driven, high quality experience based on knowledge, expertise and a personal touch unique to Berman Fink Van Horn.

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