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Top 5 Lessons From Small Business Lawsuits

By Christopher Coble, Esq. on May 04, 2016 | Last updated on December 13, 2021

Lawsuits, for better or worse, are a fact of business life. And just because a business is small doesn't mean it can't or won't get sued. When small businesses get sued, other small business owners take notice and try and learn from the lawsuit, because there are lessons everywhere you look.

Here are five of the biggest small business lawsuits in the news recently, and the lessons other small business owners can take away:

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You know who's really keeping track of small business lawsuits? Business and commercial attorneys. So if you want the best advice on how to avoid a small business lawsuit altogether, contact one today.

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