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Shut Up Already!

No matter what the charges are, taking out an ad to defend yourself isn't a good idea--at least until the Supreme Court has its say.

This story appears in the September 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Just when your business is going strongly, a group of disgruntled former employees accuses you of unfair labor practices--and makes headlines. Scrambling to put out the fire, you send out press releases and appear on the local news defending your company's record. But if you do business in California, you'd better be especially careful about what you say.

The reason is a California Supreme Court decision released in May. The case concerned a large corporation, but some see implications for all businesses.

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