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For small business owners, when a customer threatens to sue, the threat needs to be evaluated before any actions are taken as a result of the threat. The majority of threats are not carried out, as the majority of people are too lazy to actually file a lawsuit after their initial anger passes. However, from time to time, a threat of litigation might actually be serious.

Fortunately for business owners, insurance can be purchased that covers nearly every kind of legal liability a business can face. If your business carries liability insurance, you should familiarize yourself with the terms of the policy, particularly as it relates to reporting potential legal claims. Even bogus threats might require reporting.

While President Barrack Obama was intent on expanding civil rights and pro-employee labor laws, President-elect Donald Trump is expected to be pro-business. As such, many expect Trump to rollback a significant number of the labor and employment law changes made by the Obama Administration, and to take a step further by implementing more pro-business policies.

While campaigning, Trump was rather vocal about repealing the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, the new overtime regulations slated to go into effect may be a prime target for an early Trump executive order. Although Trump already has a reputation for flip-flopping his position on important issues, most expect that he will consistently implement policies that generally benefit big businesses.

Business owners love Black Friday. Shoppers come out in droves in order to shop for the holidays. The one thing business owners like seeing more than their stores filled with customers, is their sales (and thus revenues and profits) soar. However, if a business isn't ready for the holiday rush, disaster could be lurking around the corner.

Fortunately, we've got a round up 5 of the best FindLaw articles to help business owners survive the holiday shopping rush.

Since Black Friday and Cyber Monday can make a retailer's year, small business retailers need to do everything they can to keep their operations up and running during those times. While brick and mortar retailers might need to hire security guards, hire extra sales staff, or extend store hours, for online retailers the concerns are a bit different.

To prepare for the biggest online shopping days of the year, business owners need to ensure that their site's security, and digital emergency plan, are in place, and that they have an adequate disclaimer to warn customers in case of high volumes of orders. In addition to the web-related concerns, retailers should be aware of the various false advertising laws.

If you're running any business and you're not using arbitration whenever possible, you're making a mistake. Arbitration agreements should not just be used for customers, but also for employees and even vendors if possible.

As a startup, you need to run as lean as you can, even if you are flush with venture capital money. And that means cutting costs at every opportunity. While certain unorthodox expenses are absolutely necessary (how are you going to attract good talent without a foosball table in the breakroom?), arbitration agreements can save companies from not just large financial losses, but also from intangible losses.

Sometimes an employee just doesn't work out. Although the employee you want to fire may need the job, as an employer, you have a business to worry about. Running a business requires making the tough decisions, which includes firing employees.

However, many small business owners become concerned about the legal liability of firing an employee. It may feel rotten to have to fire someone, but unless there was something more going on, there is nothing illegal about terminating employees for valid business reasons, such as poor performance, downsizing, or restructuring.

Now that the holiday season is upon us, small businesses need to make sure they are ready to handle just about anything. Before the holiday rush begins, small business owners should take some time to develop a crisis management plan to be ready in case of emergencies, and to minimize risks.

Crisis plans should not only include what to do in case of fire, flood, storms, or other natural disasters, but should also include situations like shootings, theft, overcrowding, fights, and injuries. While each of these situations should be handled differently, below are 5 legal tips to help every small business owner devise a crisis plan.

Businesses want to advertise to very targeted audiences. And with the wealth of information that social media behemoth Facebook has, perhaps no advertising platform in history has allowed businesses to more narrowly target their ads to specific consumers. But it turns out Facebook may have been allowing advertisers to narrow their focus in illegal ways.

Pro Publica revealed that Facebook was allowing advertisers to exclude specific groups from seeing advertisements based on "Ethnic Affinities." And a lawsuit filed in federal court in California claims this practice violated federal laws on housing and employment discrimination.

Theranos, the once revolutionary laboratory testing company, may be facing a new secret lawsuit from their former partner Walgreens. In a filing on Tuesday, Walgreens asked the Federal District Court in Delaware to permit the company to file a lawsuit "under seal" against Theranos that is based on the contracts that the two companies held with each other.

The motion filed by Walgreens explains that the two companies signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) relating to Theranos's business and technology. As a result of the NDA, Walgreens explained to the court that the allegations in the complaint, if disclosed in a public filing, would likely violate the terms of the NDA exposing them to liability.

Any new presidential administration can cause some apprehension on the part of small business owners, whose operations can be affected by even the slightest changes in the legal landscape. And the election of Donald Trump is no different.

While Trump's stump speeches were short on large-scale economic policy, a few planks of his platform can have a tangential affect on small businesses. Here's what could change under future President Trump, and what that means for you.