Category Archives: Business Law

Social Media Law: Keep Office Dirt Offline (Or Risk A Lawsuit)!

A few weeks back, Yelp! (“Yelp”) had an online spat with an ex-employee. The incident got messy — and history will probably remember it as a Yelp social media faux pas. But right now, the incident serves as a reminder to startups and businesses: Be careful what you post online about internal events — both Read More

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Pay By Selfie Arms Race: Amazon.com Pulls Ahead?

Amazon Filed For A Coveted Patent; What Does It Mean For Consumers & Sellers? What’s the next big e-commerce thing? Pay by selfie — and Amazon recently filed a patent application for the process. Analysts speculate that the company will pair the facial recognition system with a payment authentication method it also owns. By simplifying Read More

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Can Someone Else use my name in their Google Adwords Campaign?

“Can someone use my name – or my company’s name – in their Adwords campaign?” As a firm that focuses on Internet law issues, we hear that question – a lot. And some folks are surprised to learn that, on occasion, the answer is: “Maybe.” After all, as they say: Alls A whole lot is Read More

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FTC Puffery Defined: The Last Stop Before False Advertising

What is puffery? Is it legal? Is it considered false advertising? We’ll break down the basics of what the Federal Trade Commission calls “marketing puffery” in this blog post.

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Big Money Trade Libel

Two competing waste disposal companies are putting the Texas Supreme Court to the test. The Lone Star State’s highest court must consider a nuanced legal question over the next couple of months: What is a reasonable punitive punishment for online defamation? The Case of the Cut-Throat Companies In one corner is Waste Management; in the Read More

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New LLC Operating Agreement Rules Coming Soon To California

On January 1, 2014 California’s Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act goes into effect. An update of the 1994 LLC law, the new statute will impact Golden State Limited Liability Companies with either a vague or nonexistent operating agreement. The primary difference between the old and new laws is the number of “default rules”. Default Read More

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The Illinois Amazon Tax is Dead

Attention affiliate marketers: it’s safe to head back to Illinois. The state’s Supreme Court overturned the controversial “Amazon tax”. The court decided the law that birthed the online sales tax was superseded by the federal Internet Tax Freedom Act, and was therefore unconstitutional. So, let’s take a minute to review the Internet Tax Freedom Act Read More

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New Tech Tax In Massachusetts

Listen up tech industry people in Massachusetts! Your state government recently passed a new tax that directly affects your business. In order to fund statewide transportation upgrades, the standard 6.25% sales tax will now be required on most computer software services, including website development. A cabal of tech industry and taxpayer associations has banded together Read More

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Patient v. Doctor Online Defamation: Copyright Contracts?

Are copyright contracts, which confer online review rights to doctors, legal? Many have tried, but it looks like those contracts aren’t holding up well in court, and doing even worse in the court of public opinion. Take, for example, a recent story featured on Ars Technica. (Medical professionals, pay heed: in the end, the patient Read More

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Google Antitrust On The Menu Again?

Just when Google thought their antitrust worries had washed away with a wave of other campaign-year  flotsam, the Federal Trade Commission has fired up the bat signal and are summoning the proverbial “A Team.” Their focus, once again, seems to be on the Khal of Search, Google. A new marketing czar is now at the Read More

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Arizona Business Law: Serving Notice

A new Arizona business law judgment should be viewed as a significant new chapter in the annals of interstate litigation. What is the new Arizona business law? If you live in another state and want to enforce a judgment on someone in Arizona, make sure every administrative “T” is crossed and “I” is dotted in Read More

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Daily Internet Law News Brief: FTC, Facebook, IBM & Instagram

Facebook to Germany: “Leggo Our Legal Rights!” Lawmakers in a German state aren’t pleased with Facebook’s “no fake name” stance, so they’re demanding that the social networking company change their policies. The Facebook terms of service stipulates that users must use their government name; in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, however, the law books say that Read More

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