Adam J. Glazer

Holiday parties are fraught with peril; inviting HR doesn't help

For reasons I don’t understand, this year’s holiday party has been entrusted to me.

Wait, on second thought, I do understand. I’m in charge of the holiday party by default. No one else wanted to do it. And the party’s decision-making has been rife with conflict.

Frustrations in life of law

Frustrations abound in life and law.

  • The train is either agonizingly delayed, at the expense of my monthly meeting — obsessively gaveled to order on time — or leaves with infuriating promptness when I am held up, forcing me to acknowledge I can no longer cover the five-minute dash to the station in less than seven minutes.

Baseball faces formidable 2018 lineup of litigation

The past four spring training columns have each covered the progress of a class-action lawsuit in which minor league players sought to obtain what Major League Baseball, supreme ruler of the minor leagues, was unwilling to provide: a living wage. Many minor leaguers earn less than $7,500 a year, some less than $3,000, but barring action by the Supreme Court, their suit appears concluded.

Ghost of Steinbeck haunts decades of litigation over his works

So in our pride we ordered for breakfast an omelet, toast and coffee and what has just arrived is a tomato salad with onions, a dish of pickles, a big slice of watermelon and two bottles of cream soda. —John Steinbeck

When John Steinbeck penned, in his 1952 novel “East of Eden,” that “I believe there are monsters born in the world to human parents,” few readers could have envisioned that he might someday become one of those parents.

From Toothless to Tigers: A Look at State Sales Rep Statutes

“Hey, Adam,” begins many an incoming office call, “the principal who owes me back commissions didn’t remember that our contract says Tennessee law (or Utah, Colorado, New Jersey, Georgia, etc.) applies. I can get triple commissions, right?”

“Well,” begins the formal, technical response to many such calls, while stalling for time. Then, the very first legal phrase taught in law school is invoked: “That depends.”

Many independent reps are familiar with sales rep protection statutes. These state laws are generally intended to help level the playing field with their principals when a commission dispute arises.

Determined Sales Rep Recovers Commissions Plus Exemplary Damages from Bullheaded Principal

Most reps hunt for some valuable takeaways when a relationship with a principal ends badly. No hard searching was necessary after a recently completed rep-principal trial in Chicago, where the final count of useful "lessons learned" proved nearly as abundant as the sales rep's recovery.

Two Ships May Pass in the Night But Not Commission-Free

In certain industries, sales reps are accustomed to fighting tooth and nail to recover commissions from manufacturers, both during and after their representation. And in situations where the rep procured sales before termination that do not close until after — when a new rep is in place — the hunt for commission dollars can grow fierce, even cutthroat.

Wedding bells fail to ring, but way found around ‘unambiguous’ contract

Bride-to-be Jennifer Corona contracted with The Architects Golf Club in May 2012 to host her wedding reception.  The terms were simple enough. 

The club agreed to make available its catering hall in Lopatcong, New Jersey, and to provide the food and beverages.  Corona agreed to pay a pre-set amount, and made three deposit payments pursuant to the contract. 

The wedding was originally to take place in July 2013.  Alas, and perhaps with the heavenly thoughts of Dirty Harry’s alter ego on her mind, Corona postponed it by one year.  The club accommodated the change. 

Minor Leaguers have Ninth Inning Rally, have Chance for Minimum Wage

Philadelphia Phillies prospect Dylan Cozens belted 40 home runs in 2016 to lead all minor leaguers. At season’s end, Cozens accepted Minor League Baseball’s Joe Bauman Home Run Award, and the $8,000 check that came with it ($200 for each round-tripper) by half-joking that the prize was more than he had earned all season with the AA League’s Reading Fightin Phils.