South Carolina Bike Laws

South Carolina has laws in place that are intended to protect cyclists from injury and prevent cyclists from being harassed (competitively or casually). When it comes to problems and law suits related to bike accidents or road cycling accidents, these are the key state bike laws that typically apply: SECTION 56-5-3420. Rights and duties of bicyclists generally. A person riding a bicycle upon a roadway must be granted all of the rights and is subject [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|Bike Law, Personal injury|Comments Off on South Carolina Bike Laws

Understanding Trade Secrets

Most businesses in today’s competitive climate rely on the talents of its employees. Employees are often undervalued as a company’s asset – that is, until they leave to join a competitor or start their own business, at which time their value is more realistically assessed.  There is no doubt former employees retain information in their brains related to their former employer’s business. But is this information a trade secret? To answer this question and other [...]

By | January 14th, 2018|Business Litigation, Non-Compete Litigation, trade secrets|Comments Off on Understanding Trade Secrets

Unfair Trade Practices

Businesses in South Carolina, around the country and around the world can be found to be using unfair trade practices or unfair competition. These usually come about because companies and individuals are in fierce competition not only to survive, but to thrive in their industry. With this intense competition to get ahead, some companies will do whatever it takes, including employing unfair trade practices. The South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act is in place to protect companies [...]

By | December 5th, 2017|Business Litigation|Comments Off on Unfair Trade Practices

Wrongful Termination

Do you know your rights after being wrongly fired from a job? South Carolina is often touted as a top state for doing business, namely for its labor climate as a “right-to-work” state, which really means a “right to fire” state. “Employment at will” allows employers to terminate and employee “for a good reason, bad reason or no reason at all.” However, there are exceptions. These exceptions include claims involving express and implied employment contracts and [...]

By | November 29th, 2017|Employment Law|Comments Off on Wrongful Termination

Employment Discrimination: An Overview

In South Carolina, the unfortunate reality for employees is that you can be fired for any reason at all, even without cause. Fairness is not the standard, at least not the written standard.  However, there are exceptions to at-will employment, and the primary statutory exceptions are for race, sex, age, pregnancy, and disability discrimination.  A South Carolina employment discrimination lawyer can spot the exceptions, and knows the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment [...]

By | October 5th, 2017|Discrimination, Employment Law|Comments Off on Employment Discrimination: An Overview

Executive and Employment Contracts

Most employees do not have a written employment contract, although some do. And as non-compete agreements have become more prevalent, so have employment contracts. Generally, an employment contracts is the first resort for considering an employee’s legal rights, options and risks. In specific instances, an employee handbook can be an implied contract. Horton Law Firm attorneys have litigated wrongful termination cases arising from breach of contract, wage claims based upon failure to pay bonuses or [...]

By | September 26th, 2017|Employment Law, Non-Compete Litigation|Comments Off on Executive and Employment Contracts