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What to do when you get sued

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This story appears in the April 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Getting sued is every business owner's nightmare. Unlike most nightmares, however, where you're usually being chased by fire breathing dragons or standing naked on the dance floor at your high school class reunion, this one has a high probability of coming true.

The bad news, according to attorney Wyndell Banks, founding partner at The Banks Law Firm in Washington, DC, is that if you're in business long enough, you're bound to get sued by someone for something. The good news is, most start-up entrepreneurs are faced with lawsuits over relatively small claims, and the matters can often be resolved outside of court.

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