How to Avoid Being Ripped off by a Contractor

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Many Americans decide to remodel or build additions to their homes in the summer as the weather is more accommodating to that kind of work. But when summer starts, scammers also come out of the woodwork and it’s not uncommon for homeowners to be ripped off by an unscrupulous contractor. The most common scam is to ask for money up front and then abscond, never to be seen again. Also, many shoddy contractors will underperform, providing poor workmanship at an exorbitant cost and try to illicit more money from you in the process. If you are planning a remodel, you…
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Employees Responsible for 85% of Trade Secret Theft

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Trade secret theft by employees is a serious and growing problem in the U.S. According to an analysis of federal court cases, 85% of such theft is committed by employees or business partners. And while that’s disturbing enough, there’s been a significant escalation in the number of trade secret thefts over the years: cases doubled from 1988 to 1995 and again from 1995 to 2004, and they are on track to double yet again in the next few years. According to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers, suits brought against former employees over restrictive covenant agreements increased 60% in the 10 years…
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