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How much will my South Dakota business lawsuit cost me?
You’ve been served with notice of a lawsuit against your company. Now you are faced with fear of what will come next for your business. One of the biggest questions streaming through your mind is how much you will have to pay to help avoid this lawsuit and how your business will recover from this potentially large financial blow.
It is difficult to anticipate how much a business lawsuit in South Dakota will cost. This is because there are a number of factors that go into the lawsuit that can increase or decrease the price tag. Here are just a few of the variables you can expect to have to pay:
- Payment for expert witnesses. Expert witnesses are widely used to help resolve lawsuits involving major issues. For example, an environmental lawsuit against a business in South Dakota can be very high priced. Once your lawyer locates expert witnesses to defend your company or farm, you may have to pay out significant dollars to get them to testify.
- Lawyer fees. Another fee that you can expect to have to pay is an attorney fee. This fee is necessary to ensure that you get the representation you need to win against your lawsuit in South Dakota.
- Miscellaneous fees. There are a number of miscellaneous fees that you may not realize you will incur at first. Some of these include travel fees, filing fees, postage costs, etc.
As you start preparing for your trial together with your South Dakota business litigation lawyer, let us know of your questions about the cost. We will look at your specific situation and determine what you can expect to pay, so that there are fewer surprises in the long run to your company budget.
In South Dakota, can a public school district employee lose his job if he runs for public office?
No. Under South Dakota law, no employee of a public school can lose his job or job status for becoming a candidate for any public office if it does not entail neglect of duty.
In South Dakota, who has supervision over school libraries?
The secretary of education has supervision over school libraries.
Do South Dakota's public schools have to permit military and National Guard recruiters access to students?
Yes. Any public secondary school accredited by the South Dakota Department of Education, and any public postsecondary school, located in South Dakota, must permit active duty and reserve duty military recruiters or South Dakota National Guard military recruiters reasonable access to school facilities and students, at reasonable times and at reasonable places, for the purposes of providing information about military careers and benefits.
I live in Sioux Falls and have recently returned to work. Can a South Dakota child support order allocate child care expenses?
Yes. Under South Dakota law, a court may enter an order allocating reasonable child care expenses for the child, which are due to employment of either parent, job search of either parent, or the training or education of either parent necessary to obtain a job or enhance earning potential.
In South Dakota, can a student that is expelled or suspended in one school district enroll in another school district before the expulsion or suspension has expired?
No. Under South Dakota law, if a student is under suspension or expulsion in a school district, the student cannot enroll in any school district until the suspension or expulsion has expired.
Under what circumstances does a South Dakota high school athlete need to be removed from participation because of concussion symptoms?
Under South Dakota law, an athlete must be removed from participation in any athletic activity sanctioned by the South Dakota High School Activities Association at the time the athlete either (1) exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion; or (2) is suspected of sustaining a concussion.
How can a school district best manage custody conflicts between parents or other caretakers?
Unfortunately, the law often does not provide clear guidance to school officials about how to resolve custody conflicts between parents or other caretakers. Therefore, it is important that school officials establish guidelines to deal with these conflicts.
School policies should be designed to minimize custodial conflicts and encourage parents and other caretakers to resolve these disputes away from the school grounds. These guidelines are offered as examples of policies that may assist school officials in managing custodial disputes.
When a child is enrolled the school should:
1. Ask for information about the marital status of the student's parents and, if the parents are not living together, ask about the child custody arrangements;
2. Obtain identifying information about the child's parents if the child is living with someone other than the parents;
3. Ask for copies of the most recent court orders, separation agreements, or other documents affecting the child's custody or legal status;
4. Inform parents or caretakers, in writing, of the school's policies relating to visiting students during schol hours and removing students from school during school hours; and
5. Make it clear that the information is requested to protect parents' rights and safeguard students.
Are uncertified school administrators subject to the South Dakota Professional Administrators Code of Ethics?
Yes. In South Dakota, anyone employed in an administrative capacity, but who does not hold a valid South Dakota certificate, is subject to the code of professional ethics as established under SDCL 13-43-45.