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Is LinkedIn Trying to Catch You Lying on Your Resume? Maybe.
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Is LinkedIn Trying to Catch You Lying on Your Resume? Maybe.

LinkedIn has filed a patent for a fact-checking system that would likely be used to check user-generated content as well as resumes and bios.
Iowa
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Iowa's Massive Bird Flu Outbreak Prompts Mexico to Ban Imported Poultry, Eggs

Mexico is the largest buyer of U.S. chicken and one of several countries who have enacted restrictions over the last month.
What UberX and Lyft Drivers Can Do to Minimize Their Personal Liability
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What UberX and Lyft Drivers Can Do to Minimize Their Personal Liability

The independent status of those behind the wheel raises a sticky issue.

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In Tennessee, Only Franchisees Can Be Held Accountable for Employees
Franchises

In Tennessee, Only Franchisees Can Be Held Accountable for Employees

As the joint employer battles causes waves throughout the franchise industry, a new Tennessee law affirms franchisor and franchisee employees as separate entities.
The Legal Advice Mark Cuban Didn
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The Legal Advice Mark Cuban Didn't Take

But that doesn't mean you -- and your business -- should follow suit.
EU Says Google Cheated in Shopping Searches
Technology

EU Says Google Cheated in Shopping Searches

In another antitrust investigation, the search giant is accused of distorting Internet search results to favor its shopping service.
Artist Claims Apple Stole His Style
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Artist Claims Apple Stole His Style

The suit demands Apple and the design firm Craig & Karl immediately cease using the images in question.
Key Elements of Controversial Podcasting Patent Revoked
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Key Elements of Controversial Podcasting Patent Revoked

The U.S. Patent Office deemed claims concerning episodic content 'unpatentable.'
Protect Your Brand, Oprah Style: 5 Legal Strategies She Uses (And You Should, Too)
Marketing

Protect Your Brand, Oprah Style: 5 Legal Strategies She Uses (And You Should, Too)

Besides investing in trademarking strategies, a chief component and underlying thread to Oprah's mega-success is keeping her brand strong by preventing dilution.
Amazon Sues Alleged Sellers of Bogus 5-Star Product Reviews
Technology

Amazon Sues Alleged Sellers of Bogus 5-Star Product Reviews

Beware peddlers of lies. The ecommerce goliath is dropping the legal hammer on four sites it claims hawk fake positive product reviews.
5 Ways to Manage
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5 Ways to Manage 'Mad Men'-Era Sexual Harassment

Spoiler alert! Every entrepreneur should follow these 5 "R"s in training their managers on sexual and other forms of unlawful harassment.
What the Craft Beer Industry Can Teach Entrepreneurs About Trademarks
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What the Craft Beer Industry Can Teach Entrepreneurs About Trademarks

The amazing growth in the number of brew companies has created many branding and trademark conflicts. How they are resolved is a great lesson.
Cuba Says U.S. Companies Won
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Cuba Says U.S. Companies Won't Get Preferential Treatment

There won't be any special relationships once diplomatic relations are restored between the two countries.
Consumers Withdraw Lawsuit Against Google Over Android App Limits
Technology

Consumers Withdraw Lawsuit Against Google Over Android App Limits

The case accused the search engine company of harming smartphone buyers by forcing handset makers using Android operating system to make Google's own applications the default option.
Avoid These 8 Toxic Trademark Mistakes
Marketing

Avoid These 8 Toxic Trademark Mistakes

With a little creatiivity and attention to detail you can protect your own trademarks but the key is to be thorough.
How to Conduct a Patent Search to Make Sure Your Brilliant Invention Doesn
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How to Conduct a Patent Search to Make Sure Your Brilliant Invention Doesn't Already Exist (Infographic)

A step-by-step guide on how to find out if your invention has already been patented. We're crossing our fingers it hasn't.
McDonald
Franchises

McDonald's Wage Plan Renews Debate on Independence of Franchisees

The pay increase at its company-operated U.S. restaurants threatens to complicate an ongoing labor dispute that turns on whether McDonald's can be held responsible for the labor violations of its franchisees.
Google Fails to Dismiss Privacy Lawsuit Over Google Wallet
Business News

Google Fails to Dismiss Privacy Lawsuit Over Google Wallet

The tech giant has been accused of invading the privacy of users of its Google Wallet electronic payment service by sharing their personal information with outside app developers.
Facebook Faces Off With Belgian Privacy Commission Over Privacy Accusations
Social Media

Facebook Faces Off With Belgian Privacy Commission Over Privacy Accusations

A new study calls Facebook's privacy and data collection policies into legal question but the social giant says the authors of the research never reached out to them.
The McDonald
Franchises

The McDonald's Fight That Could Change Franchising

An ongoing fight between McDonald's and labor unions has entered a key phase this week.
Indiana Gov. Promises to Adjust Religious Freedom Law to Clearly Ban Discrimination
Business News

Indiana Gov. Promises to Adjust Religious Freedom Law to Clearly Ban Discrimination

After extensive criticism, Gov. Mike Pence says he now wants to pass legislation clarifying that a recent law does not permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Kleiner Perkins Cleared of Gender Bias in Pao Case; Jury Ordered to Deliberate Retaliation Claim
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Kleiner Perkins Cleared of Gender Bias in Pao Case; Jury Ordered to Deliberate Retaliation Claim

A California jury was ordered to resume deliberations on one of the four claims brought by Pao against the VC firm.
Ousted American Apparel Founder Dov Charney Seeks $40 Million in Damages
Business News

Ousted American Apparel Founder Dov Charney Seeks $40 Million in Damages

Charney is seeking millions of dollars for a breach of employment contract, his attorney said.
Indiana Governor Signs Religious Freedom Law, Sparking Debates That Echo the Hobby Lobby Dispute
Business News

Indiana Governor Signs Religious Freedom Law, Sparking Debates That Echo the Hobby Lobby Dispute

While supporters say the law protects small business owners' religious freedom, critics say it will allow for discrimination against gay customers and drive business out of the state.
RadioShack Rescue Deal Dogged by Fights, Demands for New Auction
Business News

RadioShack Rescue Deal Dogged by Fights, Demands for New Auction

The plan to keep 1,740 stores open was attacked by the bankrupt retailer's top creditor, a failed bidder who called the auction a sham and sought a new sale.
Zynga to Face Lawsuit Alleging Fraud Tied to IPO
Technology

Zynga to Face Lawsuit Alleging Fraud Tied to IPO

The 'FarmVille' maker is accused of defrauding shareholders about its prospects before and after going public in 2011.
American Apparel Under Regulator Scrutiny for Possible Violations
Business News

American Apparel Under Regulator Scrutiny for Possible Violations

The investigation is looking into a potential legal violation related to Dov Charney, the company's founder and former chief executive officer.
PayPal to Pay $7.7 Million in Violations
Business News

PayPal to Pay $7.7 Million in Violations

The electronic payments firm agreed to settle charges by the U.S. Treasury Department that it violated numerous sanctions programs against several countries.
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Arbitration
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Attorney
A person who's been formally trained in the law, especially one whose profession is advising others in matters of law... Read More »
Business License
A legal document that grants you the right to operate a business in your city... Read More »
Business Name
The name by which people know your business. Different from your dba--which is the legal name you register for your business... Read More »
Business Permits
A legal document that offers proof of compliance with certain city or state laws regulating structural appearances and safety... Read More »
Copyright
Exclusive legal rights that protect works of authorship, composition or artistry... Read More »
Corporation
A form of business operation that declares the business as a separate, legal entity... Read More »
Doing Business As (DBA)
The operating name of a company, as opposed to the legal name of the company... Read More »
Discrimination Policy
A document that outlines your company policies in regards to discrimination in hiring and management practices... Read More »
Intellectual Property
The ownership of ideas. Intellectual property is a collection of ideas and concepts... Read More »
Liability
Anything for which a company is legally bound or obligated, as to make good any loss or damage that occurs in a transaction... Read More »
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
A form of business organization with the liability-shield advantages of a corporation and the flexibility and tax pass-through advantages of a partnership... Read More »
Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
A business organization that allows limited partners to enjoy limited personal liability while general partners have unlimited personal liability... Read More »
Noncompete Clause
Contracts between you and your employees in which your employees promise not to take what they learn while working for you and use it against... Read More »
Nonprofit Corporation
A business organization that serves some public purpose and therefore enjoys special treatment under the law. .. Read More »
Partnership
A legal form of business operation between two or more individuals who share management and profits... Read More »
Patents
A form of protection that provides a person or legal entity with exclusive rights for making, using or selling a concept or invention and excludes others from doing the same for the duration of the patent... Read More »
S Corporation
A special form of corporation that allows the protection of limited liability but direct flow-through of profits and losses... Read More »
Sole Proprietorship
A business that legally has no separate existence from its owner... Read More »
Trademark
Any symbol, word or combination thereof used to represent or identify a product. A service mark means the same thing, but identifies a service... Read More »
Zoning
The division of a city or county by legislative regulations into areas (zones), specifying the uses allowable for the property in these areas... Read More »
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