Button Law - November 2017

HOW TO HOST A SOUP SWAP

‘Tis the season for delicious, hearty food, and nothing quite hits the spot on a cool winter evening like hot soup. Everyone has their favorites, whether it’s a classic bowl of chicken noodle or a Tuscan white bean and garlic soup, so why not share the love at a soup swap? Similar to white elephant gift exchanges, guests arrive at a soup swap with a several helpings of their favorite soup and leave with something entirely new! Here’s how you can host your own. Step 1: Send out the invites. The more the merrier. Invite all your soup-loving friends. Instruct everyone to prepare at least 4 quarts of soup. If you invite six guests, make sure everyone brings their soup in six separate containers. Everyone should go home with the same amount of soup they brought. The soup that guests will give away should be frozen, but remind guests to also bring a separate warm serving of soup for tasting. Step 2: Prepare the tasting stations. Soup can get a bit messy, so lay down a simple tablecloth on your table for easy cleanup later. Prepare a handful of blank labels — you can use chalkboard paint, scrapbook paper, or really anything fun — for guests to fill out and place on their soup when they arrive. You’ll want to provide plenty of spoons and maybe some bread, crackers, or other snacks.

Step 3: Get to swapping! As guests arrive, give them the opportunity to socialize. This is a fun event, so while everyone is sampling the soup, play some music, offer drinks, and let them chat it up. After an hour or so, it’s time to get down to business. Soupswap.com recommends having guests draw numbers for tasting order. Try each creation one at a time until you’re out of soup! You don’t have to follow this structure, of course. Find a method that works best for you and your guests.

Bonus: Use Mason jars. Readily available in bulk at most grocery stores, Mason jars are leakproof and easier to transport than plastic storage containers. Plus, they’re inexpensive and fairly easy to replace. No one likes hounding their friends for precious glass containers weeks after a party. Soup swaps are guaranteed fun all year long. Looking for more advice to help throw the perfect soup swap? The Kitchn, a popular food blog, has everything you need to know at thekitchn.com/january-soup- swap-gatherings-from-the-kitchn-214906.

NOVEMBER CASE STUDY

Parking Lot Trap

WHAT HAPPENED? A DFW company had a parking lot where the public would park to walk up to their building. Half of the parking lot was repaved due to numerous safety issues for their customers and employees. However, the DFW company made the choice to leave the other half in its unsafe condition. On June 20, 2014, our client parked her car and stepped

HOW WE HELPED Luckily, we were called the next day. We immediately sent out someone to take photos of the parking lot to show the different sides as well as the area that our client’s foot got stuck in. Unsurprisingly, less than a week later, we went back out to the site to take more photos and the company had repaved the entire parking lot to remove all unsafe conditions. After months of the company’s provider denying liability and responsibility on its own, we sent a final demand that showed how this fall was completely preventable. We gave them the photos of the lot the day of the fall and the lot less than a week later, which was all the adjuster had seen up until that point. On the last day before we filed the lawsuit, the insurance company caved and realized we had caught them in a lie. They paid our complete demand in a timely manner. Because our client called us immediately, we were able to catch a company in their attempt to cover up the dangerous condition. We had the evidence that they didn’t want us to have. Additionally, through my reputation as a trial lawyer, we were able to stand strong and be unafraid to file the lawsuit when we said we would. This combination is what won a settlement far beyond what the insurance company wanted to pay.

out. Her left foot got stuck in a crack that had developed between the old pavement and the new pavement. It caused her to twist and fall hard. She tried to break her fall. This caused her to shatter her forearm and wrist. It required emergency surgery and a plate with screws that will be left in her for the rest of her life. She had months of therapy to try to get back to her new normal.

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