Powerscreen Problem Essay

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Analysis of the Powerscreen Problem In our recent negotiation, my partner Dave and I assumed the roles of Alan Hacker, a computer software developer, and Alan Hacker’s lawyer. As the lawyer in the negotiation, my objective was to avoid litigation with my client’s partner, Stanley Star, and to aid in the continuation of my client’s co-owned company, HackerStar. In addition, I would assist Hacker in reaching an agreement that would be satisfying for him both personally and financially. Dave and I presented a reasonable argument on Hacker’s behalf; and, since I was able to utilize information from our class readings during the process, I was pleased with the overall outcome. My partner, Dave, and I met on 3 separate occasions to discuss the side of Alan Hacker in “The Powerscreen Problem” negotiation. Alan Hacker and his partner, Stanley Star, own a software company named HackerStar, which was financed solely by Star. Hacker, the key programmer, manages the company. Even though they have had minor success with two other computer software programs, they recently had a major disagreement over the ownership of a new computer program called Powerscreen that Hacker created. After many failed attempts to convince Star to back Powerscreen, Hacker decided to seek out a third party for support. Hacker came to an agreement with third party, Jeremy Gates, to buy Powerscreen and for Hacker to receive a percentage of the royalties which is dependent upon the amount of the software that is sold. Star argued that since Powerscreen was developed using HackerStar office equipment, any royalties should be owned by the company. Hacker disagreed with Star’s right to ownership, which resulted in a heated argument that quickly turned personal. My task as Hacker’s attorney in the negotiation is to avoid litigation and keep the company afloat. I am to advise Hacker during the

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