Jane Easter Bahls

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Good Sports

Who's liable for injuries to a company athletic team?
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Fee-dom of Choice

Do you know your legal service billing alternatives?
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Lay Down the Law

A new bill aims to shoot down frivolous lawsuits.
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It's Settled

A new law makes it easier to reach settlements.
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The Name Game

You can shield your trade name from being ripped off by a larger company--if it's distinctive enough.
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Good Libations?

Not if you give employees too much to drink at the company holiday party. Consider these sobering facts.
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Lease on Life?

Leasing workers can reduce your paperwork, but don't forget your legal obligations to those employees.
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Law Talent

Lawyers have more to offer than just legal advice--they can also bring important skills to your staff.
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Illicit Affairs?

If you do business overseas, be certain your "administrative fees" aren't really illegal bribes.
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Under Pressure

If an employee feels forced to quit, it could be trouble. Here's how to avoid a "constructive discharge" lawsuit.
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House Rules

Before you let your people work at home, find out what you're liable for--and cover your bases.
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Rock the Vote?

When you're trying to help get a candidate elected, noncompliance with campaign rules can cost your business a lot more than just a fat donation check.
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The Jig Is Up

Be sure you're not hoodwinking your customers--or you might risk a nasty run-in with the FTC.
Protecting Your Idea

The Name Game

Want to expand your trademark globally? Watch your step—or you'll be putting your name on the line.
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Search Party

If you need to find a good attorney, forget the Yellow Pages and hop online.
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Neither Fish Nor Fowl

Test the regulatory waters early if your product doesn't fit into a recognizable category.
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Against Your Will

Drowning in debt? If so, you should know about a legal maneuver creditors can use to force bankruptcy.
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Losing Battle?

It may be tempting to sue when someone bashes your company online, but free speech has the upper hand.
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This Means War

Put up your best fight to protect your network, or you could be held liable for damages to customers.
Employment Law

Employee Disputes: Avoiding Court

Are you within your rights to require employees to sign a binding arbitration agreement?
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Equal Time?

Under a new ruling, you may have to let unions use your e-mail system to promote their platform.
Distribution and Licensing

Hand in Hand

If you negotiate well, joining forces with a big firm can be the smart way to get your new product to market.
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Better Safe . . .

Does your product need a warning label? Don't get burned--consider all the potential dangers.
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On the Level

The Internet makes MLM easier--but it won't do the work for you. Before you commit, make sure you're prepared.
Employment Law

Suiting Up

With a new breed of professional plantiffs on the prowl, closely screening job applicants could save you lots of dough.
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Return To Sender?

Don't cash that check! You could end up short.
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Handle With Care

Office temps--what you need to know about the legal rights of these fleeting employees.
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Cyber Cash

The sure thing that wasn't: As the initial frenzy subsides, the Internet's investment-raising potential is re-evaluated. Yes, the capital is out there-but only if you know where (and how) to look.
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Cracking Down

Watch out! More and more business decisions can land you behind bars.
Employment Law

Homeward Bound

Who's responsible when work-related accidents occur outside of the office?

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