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Federal Court Shuts Down Aereo's Final Argument to Save Itself

Federal Court Shuts Down Aereo's Final Argument to Save Itself

The live TV-streaming service will have to continue its fight at the district level.
A Rant, and Some Suggestions What to Do, About Patent Trolls

A Rant, and Some Suggestions What to Do, About Patent Trolls

An entrepreneur devoted to innovation and protection of intellectual property lets loose about patent trolls and the patent system that enables them.
These 3 Legal Traps Can Stop a New Business in its Tracks

These 3 Legal Traps Can Stop a New Business in its Tracks

When it comes to these issues, the best policy is to avoid the risks.
A Quick Guide to Free Legal Services for Patenting Your Invention

A Quick Guide to Free Legal Services for Patenting Your Invention

The cost of a patent attorney is daunting for independent inventors but a government program makes it affordable, if you qualify.
The 3 Essential Things Needed in a Founders' Agreement

The 3 Essential Things Needed in a Founders' Agreement

While your relationship with your co-founder may be peachy right now, there is a possibility it could turn sour down the road. To protect yourself (and the company), make sure these three areas are covered in your founders' agreement.
What Obama's Order Banning Gay Discrimination Means for Businesses

What Obama's Order Banning Gay Discrimination Means for Businesses

Many entrepreneurs may be surprised to learn that federal laws have not addressed sexual-orientation or gender-identity bias inside private companies.
The 5 Biggest Misconceptions About Incorporating

The 5 Biggest Misconceptions About Incorporating

Never fall into the trap of believing this is easy way to avoid paying taxes or taking personal responsibility for your actions.
U.S. Says Fourth Amendment Does Not Protect Digitally-Stored Data

U.S. Says Fourth Amendment Does Not Protect Digitally-Stored Data

A drug trafficking case in which the government is demanding Microsoft hand over emails stored in a Dublin datacenter has called into question Fourth Amendment rights in a digital era.
Smoke and Mirrors: Why We Aren't Seeing More Digital Zombies Like Michael Jackson

Smoke and Mirrors: Why We Aren't Seeing More Digital Zombies Like Michael Jackson

The King of Pop's digitized performance at the Billboard Music Awards gave the world a glimpse into a captivating technology that faces serious hurdles, inside and out.
3 Legal Precautions in Hiring Freelancers

3 Legal Precautions in Hiring Freelancers

While those who work project by project are integral part of the U.S. workforce, a startup needs to take measures of protection.
Your Business' Legal Game Plan for the Summer Slowdown

Your Business' Legal Game Plan for the Summer Slowdown

While your company's pace is at a manageable hum, check for overlooked permitting issues and that all operations comply with regulations.
Have a Client Who Is Not Paying? Sue.

Have a Client Who Is Not Paying? Sue.

Perhaps the most undesirable customer is the one who avoids your invoices, emails and calls. If so, small claims court may be your best bet.
The New Legal Economy and What It Means for Small Companies

The New Legal Economy and What It Means for Small Companies

So far, most of the Internet resources for hiring lawyers have targeted price not quality. But now innovative options are emerging that might shake up the marketplace.
3 Pitfalls to Avoid in Licensing Agreements

3 Pitfalls to Avoid in Licensing Agreements

Of course your lawyer has to review your licensing contract but make certain you know what the lawyer may not.
Online Bargain Hunters: Are You Buying Stolen Goods?

Online Bargain Hunters: Are You Buying Stolen Goods?

How to spot potential theft when shopping online.
How to Triage Your Intellectual Property Needs

How to Triage Your Intellectual Property Needs

While this protection can rack up a bill, businesses will gain certain competitive advantages in the process.
Airbnb Wins in New York, For Now

Airbnb Wins in New York, For Now

A New York State Supreme Court judge threw out the subpoena requesting Airbnb user records.

Understand This Before Joining the Family Business

Our expert suggests getting a formal operating agreement hammered out before investing time or money in the venture.
OK, You Can Sue Us: General Mills Scraps Controversial Terms of Service Updates

OK, You Can Sue Us: General Mills Scraps Controversial Terms of Service Updates

Bowing to customer outrage, the food giant has done an about-face on its terms of service.
Dislike: If You 'Like' General Mills on Facebook, You Can't Sue the Company

Dislike: If You 'Like' General Mills on Facebook, You Can't Sue the Company

The American food manufacturer has made an unprecedented sneaky, (anti)social media move to keep itself out of court.
Citing a Celeb in an Ad? The First Amendment May Not Protect You.

Citing a Celeb in an Ad? The First Amendment May Not Protect You.

A recent court ruling finds companies aren't protected from suits by public figures if corporate ads feature them without prior consent.
Paula Deen Abruptly Shuts Down Restaurant Without Informing Employees

Paula Deen Abruptly Shuts Down Restaurant Without Informing Employees

The former Food Network star shuttered Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, which she co-owned with her brother for over 10 years.
Does Your Business Put You at Risk of Lawsuits?

Does Your Business Put You at Risk of Lawsuits?

Things don't always go as planned. The more you know ahead of time, the better you can prepare in order to minimize your risk.
Learning From March Madness: Why Filing an Extension Could Be Your Sleeper Tax Strategy

Learning From March Madness: Why Filing an Extension Could Be Your Sleeper Tax Strategy

Business owners should take a cue from 'bracketologists' and embrace unconventional wisdom when it comes to filing an extension this season.
Thank You Very Much, Now Stop: Putting an End to Excessive Lawyering

Thank You Very Much, Now Stop: Putting an End to Excessive Lawyering

Excessive lawyering is the clientÂ’s natural enemy. Here are a few pieces of advice on how to make sure you are on the same page as your lawyer and your expectations are met.
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