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One Net side effect: worldwide legal worries

By Steven C. Bahls

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It's bad enough when your business gets sued in your owncounty and you have to waste days in depositions and hearings--andthousands of dollars in legal defense. But imagine how the time andexpense would multiply if a lawsuit were brought on the other sideof the country. Between unfamiliar laws, unfamiliar lawyers and thecost of traveling, one such lawsuit could put quite a strain onyour budget. And what if you had several going at once?

If you're advertising your products and services on your Website--and especially if people can order them directly through yourinteractive features--you're doing business in all 50 statesand all over the world. That means if something goes wrong, you maybe subject to lawsuits brought in any jurisdiction.

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