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Jane Easter Bahls

30 Recent Stories

Good Sports

Who's liable for injuries to a company athletic team?
May 1, 2005 in Legal Center

Fee-dom of Choice

Do you know your legal service billing alternatives?
April 1, 2005 in Legal Center

Lay Down the Law

A new bill aims to shoot down frivolous lawsuits.
March 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

It's Settled

A new law makes it easier to reach settlements.
February 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

The Name Game

You can shield your trade name from being ripped off by a larger company--if it's distinctive enough.
January 1, 2005 in Legal Center

Good Libations?

Not if you give employees too much to drink at the company holiday party. Consider these sobering facts.
December 1, 2004 in Legal Center

Lease on Life?

Leasing workers can reduce your paperwork, but don't forget your legal obligations to those employees.
November 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Law Talent

Lawyers have more to offer than just legal advice--they can also bring important skills to your staff.
October 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Illicit Affairs?

If you do business overseas, be certain your "administrative fees" aren't really illegal bribes.
September 1, 2004 in Legal Center

Under Pressure

If an employee feels forced to quit, it could be trouble. Here's how to avoid a "constructive discharge" lawsuit.
August 1, 2004 in Legal Center

House Rules

Before you let your people work at home, find out what you're liable for--and cover your bases.
July 1, 2004 in Legal Center

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.
June 1, 2004 in Legal Center

The Jig Is Up

Be sure you're not hoodwinking your customers--or you might risk a nasty run-in with the FTC.
May 1, 2004 in Legal Center

The Name Game

Want to expand your trademark globally? Watch your step—or you'll be putting your name on the line.
April 1, 2004 in Protecting Your Idea

Search Party

If you need to find a good attorney, forget the Yellow Pages and hop online.
March 1, 2004 in Legal Center

Neither Fish Nor Fowl

Test the regulatory waters early if your product doesn't fit into a recognizable category.
February 1, 2004 in Legal Center

Against Your Will

Drowning in debt? If so, you should know about a legal maneuver creditors can use to force bankruptcy.
January 1, 2004 in Legal Center

Losing Battle?

It may be tempting to sue when someone bashes your company online, but free speech has the upper hand.
December 1, 2003 in Entrepreneur Magazine

This Means War

Put up your best fight to protect your network, or you could be held liable for damages to customers.
November 1, 2003 in Legal Center

Employee Disputes: Avoiding Court

Are you within your rights to require employees to sign a binding arbitration agreement?
October 1, 2003 in Employment Law

Equal Time?

Under a new ruling, you may have to let unions use your e-mail system to promote their platform.
September 1, 2003 in Legal Center

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.
August 1, 2003 in Distribution and Licensing

Better Safe . . .

Does your product need a warning label? Don't get burned--consider all the potential dangers.
July 1, 2003 in Legal Center

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.
July 1, 2000 in Magazine

Suiting Up

With a new breed of professional plantiffs on the prowl, closely screening job applicants could save you lots of dough.
May 1, 1999 in Employment Law

Return To Sender?

Don't cash that check! You could end up short.
April 1, 1999 in Legal Center

Handle With Care

Office temps--what you need to know about the legal rights of these fleeting employees.
March 1, 1999 in Employment Law

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.
March 1, 1999 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Cracking Down

Watch out! More and more business decisions can land you behind bars.
February 1, 1999 in Legal Center

Homeward Bound

Who's responsible when work-related accidents occur outside of the office?
January 1, 1999 in Employment Law