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6 Ways to Protect Your Home in a Business Lawsuit
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6 Ways to Protect Your Home in a Business Lawsuit

Don't let the memories and money you've invested in your home get taken away. Find out how to protect your home from business creditors.
Raising Millions With Equity Crowdfunding Will Cost You, But How Much?
Money

Raising Millions With Equity Crowdfunding Will Cost You, But How Much?

Regulation A+ promises to be a game changer for how emerging companies are funded, but mind those attorney and accountant fees.
5 Vital HR Tasks Startups Must Complete Before Hiring
Leadership

5 Vital HR Tasks Startups Must Complete Before Hiring

Bringing on new workers adds a layer of complexity that most entrepreneurs either don't want to deal with or don't know how to address.

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Waco's Twin Peaks Loses Franchise Rights After Biker Gang Gun Battle

The breastaurant chain says that the franchisee failed to take action following warnings from police and corporate headquarters.
Someone Stole Your Design? 3 Ways to Fight Back.
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Someone Stole Your Design? 3 Ways to Fight Back.

Target makes headlines with the latest copyright infringement fiasco. Here's how to make sure that never happens to you.
The SEIU Petitions the FTC to Investigate the
Franchises

The SEIU Petitions the FTC to Investigate the 'Abusive and Predatory' Franchise Industry

The partnership between the union and franchisees is far from over.
Why the NLRB Says This Franchise Isn
Franchises

Why the NLRB Says This Franchise Isn't a Joint Employer, But McDonald's Is

The franchise industry just got a clue to untangling a knotty problem.
California Man Sues Uber Claiming It Stole Ridesharing Idea
Technology

California Man Sues Uber Claiming It Stole Ridesharing Idea

The complaint accusing alleges misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract.
Facebook
Business News

Facebook 'Tramples European Privacy Law,' Watchdog Says

The Privacy Protection Commission has launched a blistering attack after trying to find out more about the U.S. social media giant's practices.
Employee Says She Was Fired for Refusing to Be Tracked 24/7
Business News

Employee Says She Was Fired for Refusing to Be Tracked 24/7

The attorney filing the suit says she foresees a legal trend around privacy and productivity tracking.
This Etsy Entrepreneur Claims Target Stole Her Trendy Tank Top Design
The 'Treps

This Etsy Entrepreneur Claims Target Stole Her Trendy Tank Top Design

Stay-at-home mompreneur Melissa Lay was shocked to discover that Target is selling a T-shirt nearly identical to the one she handprints out of her Oregon garage.
W-2 or 1099? Why It Pays to Classify Your Employees Correctly.
Money

W-2 or 1099? Why It Pays to Classify Your Employees Correctly.

At stake are taxes for the employer and sick days, vacation and other benefits for the employee.
California Man Accused of Making More Than $4 Million by Selling Fake In-N-Out Franchises
Franchises

California Man Accused of Making More Than $4 Million by Selling Fake In-N-Out Franchises

Sorry, duped investors; the burger restaurant doesn't franchise.
Is the Apple Watch Tax Deductible?
Technology

Is the Apple Watch Tax Deductible?

Sounds like a good portion of it just may be -- as long as you steer clear of the gold $17K piece.
Heads Up: Amazon Wants Delivery Drones to Find You Wherever You Are
Technology

Heads Up: Amazon Wants Delivery Drones to Find You Wherever You Are

The tech giant recently filed a patent explaining its drone delivery plans
8 Things You Must Do to Protect Your Assets
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8 Things You Must Do to Protect Your Assets

Asset protection isn't complicated. Just follow these tips.
FCC
Business News

FCC's Tom Wheeler on Open Internet Rules: 'We Shouldn't Be Going Backwards'

FCC's Tom Wheeler on Open Internet Rules: 'We Shouldn't Be Going Backwards'
Service Workers Union Allies With Franchisees, Drawing Ire of Franchise Industry
Franchises

Service Workers Union Allies With Franchisees, Drawing Ire of Franchise Industry

The Service Employees International Union launched a franchisee-focused initiative, as the International Franchise Association reaffirms franchisees' satisfaction with the system.
Early Music Streaming Service Grooveshark Shuts Down to Settle Infringement
Business News

Early Music Streaming Service Grooveshark Shuts Down to Settle Infringement

So ends a four-year legal battle with major record companies.
Why File Design Patents? Modern Uses of a Classic Form of Intellectual Property.
Technology

Why File Design Patents? Modern Uses of a Classic Form of Intellectual Property.

Today's smart companies -- big and small -- are using them as part of a comprehensive IP strategy.
5 Legal Tips for Small Businesses and Startups
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5 Legal Tips for Small Businesses and Startups

Don't let legal requirements slow you down.
Bitcoin VIP: The Internet Had a Shady Start, Too
Business News

Bitcoin VIP: The Internet Had a Shady Start, Too

Gavin Andresen of the Bitcoin Foundation says that the use of the digital currency for less-than-legal purchases laid the groundwork for its entering the mainstream.
Is LinkedIn Trying to Catch You Lying on Your Resume? Maybe.
Business News

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
Business News

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
Grow Your Business

What UberX and Lyft Drivers Can Do to Minimize Their Personal Liability

The independent status of those behind the wheel raises a sticky issue.
Uber to Stop Using Unlicensed Cab Drivers in Germany Per Court Ruling
Business News

Uber to Stop Using Unlicensed Cab Drivers in Germany Per Court Ruling

The ride sharing service will also be lowering its fees.
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.
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Arbitration
A formal dispute resolution process that's legally binding on the parties Read More »
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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