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BREAKFAST BITES: Complex & General Litigation


Education Series

Maddin Hauser’s monthly education series, Breakfast Bites, will cover numerous topics over the course of the year.

Please review the agenda and sign up for the sessions you would like to attend using the form at the bottom of this page.


The sessions will take place at Maddin Hauser’s offices, located at 28400 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034. Click for map.

Complimentary continental breakfast will be provided.


Session 1 – Presented by Brian Nettleingham:
Emergency Managers – Doing Business in an “EM Town”
Got Dirt? We Know What To Do With It
Love Thy Neighbor – Practical Tips on How to Prepare for and Handle a Boundary Dispute

  • After the real estate development apocalypse, many property owners, developers, construction companies and investors have put their projects on hold and are waiting on the sidelines for the right time to act. We can assist you in navigating the altered development landscape that has emerged in recent years and in dealing with some long-standing obstacles to having a peaceful and profitable development.
    • Emergency Managers: Doing Business in an “EM Town”
      • The Emergency Manager Statutory Timeline, The Emergency Manager’s Duties and Obligations, The Transition Advisory Board (TAB), Caveats and Practicalities
    • Land Use and Zoning: Techniques for Turning Your Dirt Into Progress
      • Critical Steps in the Municipal Process, Zoning by the Book, Putting Your Best Foot Forward
    • Love Thy Neighbor: Practical Tips on How to Prepare for and Handle a Boundary Dispute
      • Know if You’re Carrying a Gun or a Stick, The Rights Along the Line

Location: TechTown
Date/Time: October 9, 2014, 8:00-10:00am

Session 2:
Business Bankruptcy for Beginners – What Creditors Need to Know

Receiverships in Action

  • Business Bankruptcy for Beginners – What Creditors Need to Know
    • This session will cover everything from the automatic stay to filing a claim to litigating a preference action. In short, the session will cover everything you need to know when your tenant, customer, vendor (or even family member) files for bankruptcy.
  • Receiverships in Action
    • The Revised Receiver Court Rule – Know the Rules of the Receiver Road
    • Counsel as your Strategic Partner in Receiverships

Location: Maddin Hauser Offices
Date/Time: November 13, 2014, 8:00-9:30am

Session 3 – Presented by Stewart Weiner:
Landlord – Tenant relationships…problems, strategies and solutions

Real and Personal Property Tax Appeals – Do you know how much you are overpaying on your personal property taxes?

We do. Our firm has represented many clients in real and personal property tax related issues, specifically the overpayment of real and personal property taxes. We know, firsthand, the discrepancies that exist in how taxes are calculated and, as a result, the negative impact it can have on you and your finances.

  • Deadline to file appeal
  • Prerequisites
  • Potential Savings
  • What to Look For

Date/Time: January 15, 2015, 8:00-9:30am

Session 4 – Presented by Stewart Weiner and Brian Nettleingham:
Minding My Own Business – Succession Planning
is Your Way to Peace of Mind

  • The importance of succession planning for businesses, issues to focus on, using professionals, strategic planning and more.

When Owners Argue: Shareholder Disputes

  • How to reduce the risk of shareholder disputes
  • How to navigate shareholder disputes if they arise
  • Understanding the risks of the minority shareholder

Date/Time: February 26, 2015, 8:00-9:30am

Session 5:
Playing Offense and Defense in the Digital Age: Best Practices for Internet Brand Management and Employees’ Use of Social Media: Tweets, Likes, Yelps and Your Company

  • As social media becomes ever more important to a brand’s reputation, businesses need to walk a fine line between protecting their products, services, and reputations online while doing so with kid gloves, lest they develop a reputation for being “trolls.” This session will cover a wide range of topics related to online brand management. On offense, we will discuss how to appropriately enforce your company’s rights online where, for example, someone is using your brand or intellectual property without permission, and a new creature of contracts, the nondisparagement clause. On defense, we will discuss best practices for reacting to a variety of challenges, from how to deal with negative reviews on social media to disgruntled customers and where the line is drawn on defamation claims online (hint: it’s not where you think it might be).
  • We will also discuss employees’ use of social media and the need and contents of a complete social media policy.

Date/Time: March 12, 2015, 8:00-9:30am

Session 6 – Presented by Brian Nettleingham:
Liability for Data Storage and Security
Insurance Options for Cyber Risk

  • Do you store data or other information about customers? Are your security measures adequate? Do you have a plan in place for how to address potential data breaches? Are you ready to comply with the legal requirements that may apply in such cases? During this session, we will address these questions and several others to help you manage the potential risk associated with a data breach.
  • Is insurance available to protect against cyber-risk?

Date/Time: To be determined

Session 7 – Presented by
Stewart Weiner:
Protecting Your Special Needs Child after You’re Gone

  • This discussion focuses on a combination of proper estate planning issues and considerations when dealing with various special needs children

Date/Time: May 14, 2015, 8:00-9:30am

Session 8:
Five Ways to Halt the Employee Litigation Spiral

  • If your company had a crystal ball and could see into the future after an employee has filed a workplace lawsuit against your company, what would you see? What lessons could you learn from the experience and what changes could be made to potentially avoid that lawsuit next time? We will discuss five ways that you can try to halt the future lawsuit now.

How to Prepare for the Employment Litigation Process

  • What to know and how to prepare for the key stages of employment litigation, from administrative through trial. Moreover, what information an employer may need to produce at the outset of any employment litigation?

Date/Time: June 11, 2015, 8:00-9:30am

Session 9 – Presented by Brian Nettleingham:
Protecting Sensitive Data and Managing Risk

  • How do you protect your sensitive digital business information?
  • Will a court enforce a confidentiality agreement if information was stored on an open network?
  • Who owns social media content and connections?
  • Are your company’s data retention policies adequate?

Date/Time: July 9, 2015, 8:00-9:30am

Session 10 – Presented by Brian Nettleingham:
Tenants from Hell – What to Do When Your Tenant is the Devil

  • Does your tenant refuse to pay rent on time or at all?
  • Does your tenant believe that they can do whatever they want simply because they pay rent on time?
  • How much of your time is wasted dealing with one of your many tenants?
  • How much money does it cost you when other tenants are sick of dealing with the Tenant from Hell?
  • What can you do about it?
  • What if your tenant files for bankruptcy?

Lease Litigation – Predicting and Managing the Risks

  • What happens if tenants go dark? Can you force a tenant to reopen?
  • What happens if a landlord leases space to a competitor?
  • Can zoning restrictions impair a leasehold interest? What remedies are available to landlords or tenants?

Date/Time: August 13, 2015, 8:00-9:30am

Session 11 – Presented by Stewart Weiner:
Prenuptial Agreements for Same Sex Relationships – To Be or Not To Be?

  • Developments in the law concerning same sex marriages and how they impact prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
  • By the time of this session, the U.S. Supreme Court will hopefully have rendered a decision regarding the constitutionality of same sex marriages and there may be some clarity on the issue. There may also be new issues that arise. The session will focus on the impact of the decision and on same sex marriages.

Date/Time: September 10, 2015, 8:00-9:30am

Session 12:
The Basics of Noncompetition Clauses

  • This session will look at the always thorny issue of employee separation, both from the employer and employee standpoints. Attendees will learn about non-competition clauses and what types of clauses are enforceable in Michigan. Those attending as business/HR professionals will learn how to maximize their protection utilizing the latest developments in Michigan case law on the topic. Those attending as employees will learn the nuances of their agreements and what is/is not acceptable conduct if the employee is subject to an otherwise enforceable non-competition clause.

Is Your Worker an Independent Contractor or an Employee and Why Does It Matter?

  • Improper classification of an individual who is really an employee as an independent contractor may expose the business to significant liability for violations of the state and federal tax and withholding requirements, the Worker’s Compensation Act, the wage and hour laws as well as potential ERISA violations for excluding individuals from benefit plans. Learn how to properly classify individuals as either an independent contractor or employee.

Date/Time: October 8, 2015, 8:00-9:30am