Month: August 2015

Halloween in Summer? Get Spooked with Huntsville Ghost Walks

Black crowWhen you think of summer, ghosts and ghouls don’t necessarily come to mind, but in Huntsville, Alabama, it's never too early to start celebrating Halloween. Huntsville Ghost Walks, which started in June and are continuing every Saturday into the glorious month of October, are your opportunity to join the ghosts and ghouls of the night. Starting at 6 p.m. sharp, join the guides for a tour around one of three areas: Old Town Historic District, Twickenham Historical District, or Haunted Downtown. From there, you'll take a two-hour journey around the neighborhood of your choice and get a spooky look at beautiful architecture while being immersed in the rich history of Huntsville. Tickets for this event are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. They can be purchased in advance or on the night of the walk, a half-hour before it starts.

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Martinson & Beason, P.C. Resolves Non-Compete Claim for Former Employee

While it is prudent and advisable to seek the assistance of a corporate or employment lawyer to review a non-compete agreement, non-solicitation agreement, or a document-retention policy before signing, for most people very little realistic options exist other than sign the agreement. In other words, normally the choice left to the employee is: (a) sign the agreement or (2) not have a job. So, for most of our clients, they come to us having just left employment or about to leave. At that point, the agreement is already in place. This was true of “John”, a client of our firm, who came to Martinson and Beason, P.C. having just left his employment as an insurance agent for a prominent insurance and investment company. John had an executed non-compete agreement that included provisions prohibiting the solicitation of current or former clients of his employer and provisions prohibiting him from keeping documents that are the property of the employer. John approached us with questions regarding the enforceability of the agreement and what his options were. The enforceability of these types of agreements can, often times, be extremely fact-specific and nuanced. This case was no different. As an initial matter, we advised that even in instances when the non-compete may not be enforceable, that may not keep the employer from trying to enforce them. For example, an employer may want to use its finances (e.g. deep pockets) to squeeze the former client into submission. So even if the agreement and perhaps the lawsuit may not have much teeth to it, if the employer has the finances and the will to continue to press the lawsuit, often times they can leverage the employee. It is important that the employee be ready to defend herself vigorously and fight for her rights to exercise her trade.

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Have you Experienced a Bleeding Episode from Xarelto?

Xarelto Alabama injury attorneysIf you’ve taken Xarelto and experienced serious side effects, you’re not alone. The attorneys at Martinson & Beason, P.C. have prepared the following information to inform you of your rights and entitlements if you have suffered from taking Xarelto:

What is Xarelto?

Xarelto is a prescription medication used to treat deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, the forming of a blood clot in the legs and lungs of people who have just had knee or hip replacement surgery and to help reduce the risk of these conditions occurring again. Xarelto is also used to treat people with atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat) and reduce the risk of stroke. People suffering from atrial fibrillation are at an increased risk of forming a blood clot in the heart, which can travel to the brain, causing a stroke, or other parts of the body. The likelihood of being or knowing someone affected by complications from Xarelto are great: sales exceeded $1 Billion in 2014, and the manufacturer increased Xarelto’s projected earnings from 20% to 30% in the first quarter of 2015.

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