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Watch for Alleged Yellow Page Advertising Scams

I was recently contacted by a business client whose employee signed a “contract” purporting to be from YELLOW PAGE IOWA that had been faxed to their business for what appeared to be a free Yellow Page or Facebook ad. The contract is misleading and deceptive and the fine print actually attempts to lock the client … Continue Reading

Iowa Company Choice Energy Powers Toward Top of Inc. 5000 List

A big congratulations to client Choice Energy for its inclusion on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing company debuting at No. 40 on the list and No. 1 for Iowa companies! The company has experienced incredible growth for their operations posting a 6,021% growth over a 3-year period. The company supplies electricity to residential and … Continue Reading

Rush Nigut Receives Recognition by Peer Review Publications

Rush Nigut has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America© in the practice areas of Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) and Franchise Law. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an … Continue Reading

Vote ‘Yes’ to Renovate and Update Polk County Courthouse

I generally try to stay away from politics on this blog but there is an important vote on November 5th regarding Measure A:  The Polk County Public Safety Judicial System Bond. I encourage you to vote ‘Yes" for this measure. Our Polk County Courthouse has been in use for over 100 years. While it is … Continue Reading

Government Shutdown Teaches Lessons in Negotiation

 I read an interesting blog post on the LexBlog Network from Tom Crane of the San Antonio Employment Law Blog called What We Can Learn from the Government Shutdown. The lesson Crane preaches that bullying tactics usually do not work very well in negotiation and tend to invite an equal response from the other side. … Continue Reading

U.S. Patent Law Changes: The First-Inventor-to-File One Year Grace Period

* This is a guest post from Jessica Susie of the Brick Gentry Law Firm. Jessica is a registered patent attorney. The America Invents Act, which President Obama signed into law on September 16, 2011, has been gradually overhauling the United States patent system. March 16, 2013 marked the biggest change – the United States … Continue Reading

Iowa Business Court Judges Selected

In January  I wrote about the new Iowa Business Specialty Court Pilot Project.  This week the Iowa Supreme Court announced that three judges have been selected to hear cases for the business court. The judges include: Judge Michael Huppert of the 5th Judicial District, which includes Dallas, Polk and Warren counties; Judge Annette Scieszinski of … Continue Reading

Iowa Business Law Services: Rush on Business Companion Web Site

 I am very happy to announce my new companion Web site to go along with this blog at www.iowabusinesslawservices.com. The site will feature information on my legal practice areas, a simple way to submit information for formation of a new corporation or LLC and also a video resources section with tips on business and franchise … Continue Reading

BIZ to Host Event with Dwolla COO on the High Growth Start-Up

The BIZ is host to a great event this coming week featuring Dwolla COO Charise Flynn as she takes questions on life behind the scenes at the high growth start-up. I’ve had the opportunity to serve on a speakers’ panel with Charise and I find her personal journey and insights fascinating. Charise is a fellow … Continue Reading

Support Iowa’s Judiciary in 2012 Election

This is not a political blog but I again feel compelled to write about the political effort by certain special interest groups to oust the Supreme Court justices who ruled in an unanimous opinion in the Varnum case that non-religious, civil marriage should be a right available to everyone. In the last election, three Iowa … Continue Reading

Baseball, Business and Legal Blogging

This past month marked the first time in over six years that I had not posted during a month on this blog. Why? Life has been a bit busy to say the least. I’ll share. First, I had the pleasure of coaching a great group of young boys that capped a great run by finishing … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

Yesterday the United States Supreme Court upheld, in a 5-4 decision, the constitutionality of the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act. I am no expert on the act and I have not had time to closely review the decision. Consequently, I suggest you do what I am doing and go read some of the … Continue Reading

Iowa Creativity Summit March 1st at Drake University

Lawyers are not immediately recognized as the most creative souls on the planet but some of the best lawyers I know definitely have the the creative spark. I have seen many who were classic doodlers, photographers and painters. Some of them were also the most creative in the courtroom and ultimately very successful in winning cases. That’s why I am … Continue Reading

Rush on Business You Tube Channel on the Air!

I am pleased to announce that I now have a Rush on Business You Tube Channel where I’ll post short videos on various aspects of business and franchise law. I have a few videos posted so far and I’ll add content weekly. New videos include: Should You Include Your Spouse When Forming a Small Business LLC? … Continue Reading

Notifyworks: My Leap into the Startup World

For the past 17 years, I have been advising businesses of all shapes and sizes, whether small or large. I have always loved working with startups. It is exciting to hear the stories of these entrepreneurs and how they could solve a problem or discovered a new way of doing business. Now I am leaping into that startup … Continue Reading

Dream Big Grow Here Contest: Win $15,000 for New Tech Start Up

Do you have a new technology-based business idea? If you do, I encourage you to check out the Dream Big, Grow Here contest that is sponsored regionally by the Business Innovation Zone.  The winner of the regional business pitch contest will be awarded $5,000 and then move on for the opportunity to win another $10,000 in a state-wide … Continue Reading

Brick Gentry Webinar: Changes to Iowa Employment Law and Legislation

Matt Brick has a super webinar on our Brick Gentry Web site on the Changes to Iowa Employment Law and Legislation. Employment law is a constantly shifting area of the law that has serious consequences for employers, even when making a good faith mistake. Matt’s presentation covers important developments in employment law for both public and private employers … Continue Reading

Des Moines’ Entrepreneurial Community Gaining Momentum

Yesterday I spoke at the BIZ Raising Capital Seminar mentioned in my last blog post. I thoroughly enjoyed being on a panel with some excellent business advisors including: Paul Juffer of LWBJ Financial Adam Claypool of the DeWaay Investment Partners Chris Sackett and Joe Leto of the Brown Winick Law Firm Christian Renaud of StartUpCity Des Moines But … Continue Reading

The Use Of Independent Contractors and Immigration

I often received questions about whether a worker should be classified as an independent contractor or employee. In fact a blog post on Employees v. Independent Contractors is still one of the most popular posts ever on my blog even though I wrote it over three years ago. In a couple of recent blog posts, Brick … Continue Reading

SBA Expands Emerging 200 Initiative in Des Moines

This post comes via Monica Dolezal of BIZSTARTS. The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced it will be continuing its successful Emerging 200 Initiative in Des Moines. For the last three years, Des Moines has been selected as one of a limited number of cities nationwide to participate in the SBA’s Emerging 200 Initiative (e200). … Continue Reading

Brick Gentry Lawyer Austin Kennedy Presents Immigration Webinar

Listen and watch the premiere Brick Gentry, P.C. webinar from immigration lawyer Austin Kennedy on our new Brick Gentry Web site. Austin’s presentation is on Achieving Lawful Permanent Residency in the United States Through the Labor Certification Process. We are currently in the process of developing presentations on franchise and LLC issues. Register for our Webinars and receive … Continue Reading
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