Dallas Employment Lawyer - Keith Clouse

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Attorney Keith Clouse is a nationally recognized employment law attorney. This website and all materials on it have been prepared by Clouse Dunn LLP for informational purposes only. These materials do not, and are not intended to, constitute legal advice.



Houston Court Rules in Trade Secret Misappropriation Claim

February 15, 2010
An appellate court in Houston ruled for a former employee in a trade secret misappropriation case.  Gen. Insulation Co. v. King, No. 14-08-00633-CV (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Jan. 26, 2010, no pet. h.), available at http://www.14thcoa.courts.state.tx.us/opinions/htmlopinion.asp?OpinionId=86517. An employer sued a former employee for misappropriation of trade secrets and breach ...

Workplace Retaliation Matter Decided by Texas Court

February 14, 2010
The San Antonio Court of Appeals recently ruled in a workplace retaliation matter.  Martinez v. Wilson County, No. 04-09-00233-CV (Tex. App.—San Antonio January 13, 2010, no pet. h.), available at http://www.4thcoa.courts.state.tx.us/opinions/htmlopinion.asp?OpinionId=22680. The plaintiff alleged she had been wrongfully terminated for complaining about a gender-based hostile work en...

Fifth Circuit Rules for Employer on Discrimination Law Question

February 07, 2010
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled for an employer on a discrimination law question.  Reine v. Honeywell Int’l Inc., No. 09-30030 (5th Cir. Jan. 21, 2010), available at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/09/09-30030.0.wpd.pdf.  The plaintiff contended that her boss made discriminatory statements to her and that she reported his conduct to her employer.&nb...

Pros and Cons of Hiring Independent Contractors

February 06, 2010
Given the country’s economic situation, some businesses have contemplated using independent contractors—instead of hiring employees—as a possible way to save money.  Keith Clouse, a Dallas employment law specialist, notes that a company should carefully weigh the pros and cons of relying on independent contractors before altering its staffing plan. Using independent cont...

The Appellate Process in an Employment Law Matter

January 31, 2010
Many employment law clients are strangers to litigation, and they have questions about the process.  Oftentimes, even before a trial, a client asks if an appeal is possible.  The answer is “maybe,” but the appellate process differs considerably from the trial process. In a trial, evidence is presented to the factfinder, either the trial court judge or a jury.  The tr...

Small Businesses Should Get Agreements in Writing

January 27, 2010
Many small businesses routinely deal with other companies and individuals on a friendly, casual basis, entering into numerous oral agreements with no problems.  For example, a business may loan money to an employee or offer an advance on an employee’s paycheck without putting the parties’ agreement in writing. In most instances, no problems will arise, but if such an arrangemen...

Core24 Selects Keith Clouse as Group's Labor Law Expert

January 22, 2010
Core24, a one-stop network of leading business service providers based in Dallas, announces the selection of Keith Clouse of Clouse Dunn Khoshbin LLP as the group’s labor and employment law expert. Bringing together 24 of the DFW area’s most respected professional services providers and leading business authorities, Core24 offers a variety of services for C-suite executives who are...

Texas Non-Compete Lawyer Discusses Recent Texas Appellate Court Case

January 18, 2010
Keith Clouse, a Texas non-compete lawyer, notes that the San Antonio appellate court recently ruled in a non-compete dispute.  The Court held that a company’s failure to pay commission payments to an employee could not defeat the employer’s breach of contract action against the employee for alleged violations of a non-compete agreement.  Cent. Tex. Orthopedic Prods., Inc. ...

Keith Clouse, Employment Lawyer, Discusses Business Disparagement Claims

January 16, 2010
An ex-employee, whether in an attempt to gain a customer’s business or to harm a previous employer, may be tempted to “badmouth” a former employer by spreading rumors and making untrue statements about the former employer to others.  Not so fast, warns employment lawyer Keith Clouse. In Texas, an individual can be held liable for the tort of business disparagement. ...

Tread Lightly if an Employer Asks to Amend an Employment Agreement, says Employment Lawyer Keith Clouse

January 12, 2010
Prior to the start of an executive’s employment relationship, the executive and the company usually negotiate an employment agreement.  This agreement is usually created and negotiated by skilled attorneys.  But an employer may later ask an executive to either sign an amended agreement or to enter into a separate agreement regarding a related matter (such as stock options or tra...