Laws The latest news, videos, and discussion topics on Laws en-us Copyright 2014 Inc., All rights reserved. (webmaster) 5 Business Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:16:00 GMT California Becomes First U.S. State to Ban Plastic Grocery Bags Do you prefer plastic over paper? Too bad if you live in the Golden State as they will disappear from grocery stores over the next two years. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:16:00 GMT Reuters It's Official: You Can't Copyright a Selfie Taken By a Monkey Just in case you were wondering. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:52:00 GMT Laura Entis New Delaware Law Determines Where Your Digital Assets Live After You Die The law grants executors precisely the same access to digital information as they would possess for comparable physical documents. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:45:00 GMT Geoff Weiss Kids Under 13 Could Soon Get Their Own Gmail, YouTube Accounts (As If They Didn't Have Them Already…) Kids already use Gmail and they're obsessed with YouTube. Now Google wants to make it legit, as in legal. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:05:00 GMT Kim Lachance Shandrow California's 'Kill Switch' Bill Is One Step Away From Becoming Law The legislation, which would require smartphone makers to include a preinstalled 'kill switch' on all smartphones sold in the state, has passed in the State Senate and now awaits the governor's signature. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:03:00 GMT Laura Entis T-Mobile Accused of Billing Customers for 'Bogus Charges' The FTC filed a complaint alleging that the carrier had placed charges for unauthorized services -- such as flirting tips, horoscope information and celebrity gossip – on its customers' bills, taking a substantial cut and making hundreds of millions of dollars as a result. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:17:00 GMT Laura Entis A Primer on Patents: Who's Getting Them, Where and How Long It's Taking (Infographic) As Washington continues to mull new patent legislation, here's a snapshot of the U.S. patent landscape. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:35:00 GMT Catherine Clifford Google Faces Lawsuit Over Kids' In-App Purchases Google is on the receiving end of a class-action lawsuit brought by parents whose kids unknowingly paid a substantial amount of money for in-app purchases. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:01:00 GMT Nina Zipkin 3 Routes to Register Your Business Name Your name is your brand, so it's important to protect it. Oh, and it's the law. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:30:00 GMT Nellie Akalp French Courts Force Google to Air Indiscretion on Homepage Following a failed appeal, Google was ordered by French courts post a notice on its homepage informing users that it would be paying a 150,000-euro fine over privacy violations. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:32:00 GMT Nina Zipkin Entrepreneurs Want Patent Trolls Gone, But Current Legislation Is Sloppy The House of Representatives is expected to take up the Innovation Act today, but stakeholders fear that the increased paperwork required by the bill would be counterproductive. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:42:00 GMT Catherine Clifford 4 Reasons Why You Need to Hire a Franchise Attorney If you're looking to run a franchise, you need to do everything in your power to protect yourself legally. Here's some advice. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:00:00 GMT Joel Libava As Startup Visa Bill Languishes, Entrepreneurs Leave the U.S. Innovators drawn to the U.S. for education and research don't have time to wait for legislative action that would help them stay. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:00:00 GMT Joseph Adinolfi The FTC Recommends Sweeping Investigation of Patent Trolls Edith Ramirez, chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, intends to launch a comprehensive inquiry into patent-assertion entities. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:45:00 GMT Brian Patrick Eha Patent Trolls Hit With a One-Two Punch Several lawmakers took action and proposed anti-trolling bills in the months leading up to Tuesday's White House crackdown. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:15:00 GMT Laura Entis How to Avoid Workplace Political Spats This election season, your employees may quarrel over candidates. Labor attorney Robin E. Shea offers tips, plus a free example of a harassment policy. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 02:00:00 GMT Eric Shapiro Senate Bill Would Undermine University Tech Inventions (Opinion) A proposed measure intended to encourage more high-tech startups is misguided, our columnist argues. Increasing academic research funding is the better route for fostering innovation. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 07:03:00 GMT Scott Shane It's OK to Lie Online in Rhode Island and Other Quirky New State Laws Happy hour pricing is now legal in Kansas thanks to a new state law. It's just one of many now taking effect with an impact on small businesses. We offer this sampling. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 10:00:00 GMT Mikal E. Belicove