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Unilever Drops Mayonnaise Suit Against Startup Hampton Creek
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Unilever Drops Mayonnaise Suit Against Startup Hampton Creek

The case alleged false advertising and unfair competition related to its Just Mayo product.
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One Kings Lane's Alison Pincus on the Importance of Coffee Dates and Asking for Help

The One Kings Lane co-founder urges young entrepreneurs to seek the guidance of others when first starting up.
Google Looks to Head Off U.S. Antitrust Lawsuit Over Android
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Google Looks to Head Off U.S. Antitrust Lawsuit Over Android

The lawsuit comes as the Internet search company faces increased regulatory pressure from European authorities.

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Seattle Artist Says She Lost Millions of Dollars, Sues
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Seattle Artist Says She Lost Millions of Dollars, Sues 'Angry Birds' Maker

A U.S. judge approved the lawsuit, which claims that an artist was cheated out of possibly millions of dollars from the sale of the brand's pet toys she designed.
Apple Wins Digital Music Antitrust Trial
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Apple Wins Digital Music Antitrust Trial

A U.S. jury decided the company did not act improperly when it restricted music purchases for iPod users to Apple's iTunes digital store.
Chick-fil-A Fails to Shut Down
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Chick-fil-A Fails to Shut Down 'Eat More Kale' in Trademark Battle

A kale-loving solopreneur triumphed over the famous chicken chain, who's slogan is 'Eat Mor Chikin.'
Google, YouTube Sued Over a Video-Streaming Patent
Technology

Google, YouTube Sued Over a Video-Streaming Patent

A German technology company is arguing that Google is infringing on one of its patents.
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Obama's DOJ Is Bringing Its Big Guns to the Apple eBook Appeal

The primary job of the Solicitor General's office is to argue cases before the Supreme Court. Why is it taking Amazon's side on this appeal?
Harvard Professor Wages War Against Chinese Restaurant Over Outdated Menu
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Harvard Professor Wages War Against Chinese Restaurant Over Outdated Menu

Business professor Benjamin Edelman notified 'the applicable authorities' after he was reportedly overcharged $4 on an order.
Congress Expected to Reboot Internet Tax Issues in 2015
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Congress Expected to Reboot Internet Tax Issues in 2015

We will wait until next year for any conclusive action on a tangle of Internet tax issues, including online access taxes and online state sales taxes.
Avoid These 3 Employment Compliance Mistakes or Risk Fines
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Avoid These 3 Employment Compliance Mistakes or Risk Fines

With the multitude of federal and state employment laws and regulations that exist, it is easy to make costly errors.
With FAA Slow With Drone Approval, Amazon Looks Elsewhere
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With FAA Slow With Drone Approval, Amazon Looks Elsewhere

Pushing back against the FAA's regulation process, the Internet giant aims to take its research and development abroad.
How Dumb Is This Apple iPod Antitrust Suit?
Technology

How Dumb Is This Apple iPod Antitrust Suit?

The trial proceeds without a plaintiff because most class action suits are for the benefit of lawyers, not customers.
This Surprising Trick Can Simplify Payroll
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This Surprising Trick Can Simplify Payroll

Learn the Kohler Payroll Matrix to make salaries easy to calculate.
Apple Accused of Deliberately Deleting Competitors
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Apple Accused of Deliberately Deleting Competitors' Songs on iPods

Court proceedings are underway in California as the tech giant has to defend actions it took on iPods purchased between 2006 and 2009 wiping music off users' iPods accounts downloaded from competing music services.
States Sue Obama Administration on Immigration
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States Sue Obama Administration on Immigration

Seventeen states say the Obama administration acted illegally by issuing an executive order to ease the threat of deportation for millions of immigrants.
Confronting 6 Snarling Expansion Fears
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Confronting 6 Snarling Expansion Fears

Proper preparation can ease the path overseas -- and bring you the spike in business you dreamed of.
Remember: Divorce Is Nothing Compared to Business Breakups
Leadership

Remember: Divorce Is Nothing Compared to Business Breakups

Strong businesses prepare for worst-case scenarios.
Supreme Court to Determine Workplace Pregnancy Protections for Moms-to-Be
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Supreme Court to Determine Workplace Pregnancy Protections for Moms-to-Be

The court will hear a discrimination case that seeks to make clear what accommodations employers must make to expecting mothers.
Will My Employer Sue Me for Starting My Own Business?
Leadership

Will My Employer Sue Me for Starting My Own Business?

You have ethics questions, and we have answers.
Apple Faces $1 Billion Lawsuit Over iPod Allegations
Technology

Apple Faces $1 Billion Lawsuit Over iPod Allegations

The suit claims that Apple abused a monopoly position in that iTunes music could only be played on iPods, unfairly blocking competing device makers.
EU Lawmakers to Vote on Google Break-Up Motion
Business News

EU Lawmakers to Vote on Google Break-Up Motion

While parliament has no power to dismember a firm, the vote highlights the underlining, widespread concern among EU politicians about American dominance of the Internet industry.
Apple
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Apple's $450 Million eBook Settlement Gets Final Court Approval

The deal resolves claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices.
The Pros and Cons of Sole Proprietorships
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The Pros and Cons of Sole Proprietorships

CPA Mark Kohler explains the advantages and disadvantages with this simple business structure.
Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Dies in U.S. Senate
Business News

Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Dies in U.S. Senate

The massive project -- which could have benefited businesses large and small and created thousands of jobs -- faced mounting opposition from environmentalists and politicians.
Will Tesla Have to Franchise?
Franchises

Will Tesla Have to Franchise?

Elon Musk has hinted that Tesla may be considering a departure from the direct sales model, something industry insiders consider inevitable.
Move Over DNA, Your Wearable Data Could Soon Be Used in the Courtroom
Technology

Move Over DNA, Your Wearable Data Could Soon Be Used in the Courtroom

A Canadian personal injury case making use of a plaintiff's Fitbit data could set a global precedent.
Court Says Zynga Co-Founder to Face Lawsuit
Money

Court Says Zynga Co-Founder to Face Lawsuit

Allegations say the creator of FarmVille breached his duty of loyalty to shareholders.
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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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