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Pitfalls For Startups – Memorializing Co-Founder Intentions

By Travis Jacobs |

Business insiders and investors are well aware of the astronomical sums that many high-tech startup companies have been purchased for recently. Judging by headlines, it seems as if $1 Billion is the going rate for the acquisition of any hot new mobile app these days. Just look at Facebook’s acquisitions of Instagram (roughly $1… Finish Reading Pitfalls For Startups – Memorializing Co-Founder Intentions

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Boston Businesses & Beyond, Beware – Overtime Laws Are Changing Again!

By Travis Jacobs |

Boston-based businesses and beyond should be aware, be very aware – the federal government is changing overtime laws again! Revisions to what is titled the Federal Labor Standards Act (or FLSA) are expected to take effect by the end of next year. For small and mid-sized employers today, that may mean rethinking that new… Finish Reading Boston Businesses & Beyond, Beware – Overtime Laws Are Changing Again!

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Marketing and Advertising Legal Reviews

Marketing & Advertising Legal Review

By Travis Jacobs |

Very often, statements made in a business’ {marketing, advertising, promotional materials} can cause it the greatest legal troubles. How  Can Your Business’ {Advertising, Marketing, Promotional Materials}, Websites or Social Media Posts Lead to a Class Action Lawsuit Against Your Business? …Easy. Businesses define themselves and hold themselves out to potential customers through their websites, social media presence, advertising, promotional materials, and… Finish Reading Marketing & Advertising Legal Review

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MA Legislature Excludes Non-Compete Provisions From Economic Development Bill

By Travis Jacobs |

Business owners concerned about the invalidation of prior, existing and future non-compete {contracts, agreements, provisions} can relax, for now. But the threat of elimination of non-competes is still very much an ongoing reality. You may recall that this past spring Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick had proposed a law that would have mostly invalidated non-compete… Finish Reading MA Legislature Excludes Non-Compete Provisions From Economic Development Bill

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Guide to Common Massachusetts Statute of Limitations

By Travis Jacobs |

A person, business or entity aggrieved by another does not have an indefinite amount of time in which to file a claim.  Instead, statutes of limitation govern the amount of time after the occurrence or discovery of an injury or wrong that one has to file a complaint against the wrongdoer.  These statutes of… Finish Reading Guide to Common Massachusetts Statute of Limitations

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Protecting Your Online Business Reputation

By Travis Jacobs |

For most small business owners, {consumer, user, business} review websites like {Yelp, Angie’s List, Google+ Local, OpenTable.com} are critical for establishing and maintaining a good business reputation.  For consumers, these websites are the go-to tool for researching the local businesses where they will spend their money and to voice their opinions (good and bad)… Finish Reading Protecting Your Online Business Reputation

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Your Social Media Account May Violate Your Non-Compete or Non-Solicitation Agreement

By Travis Jacobs |

Recent Court Ruling Identifies How a Social Media Profile May Violate a Non-Compete or Non-Solicit Agreement Many business owners and their employees, such as a sales representatives, consultants and account managers, regularly use their personal accounts on social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to promote their business, identify sales leads and communicate which existing… Finish Reading Your Social Media Account May Violate Your Non-Compete or Non-Solicitation Agreement

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MGL CHAPTER 175 SECTION 99 Reference Panels

By Travis Jacobs |

Need a Referee for a {MGL, M.G.L., G.L.} {chapter, ch.} 175 {section, sec., §} 99 Reference Panel? Search no further! Attorneys at The Jacobs Law are experienced with insurance reference hearings and are available at far more reasonable rates than what are typically charged. STOP spending $450 or even $300/hour on high-priced insurance industry careerists, mediators or arbitrators. {MGL, M.G.L., G.L.} {chapter,… Finish Reading MGL CHAPTER 175 SECTION 99 Reference Panels

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First Contact by Agents of the Sec

By Travis Jacobs |

These days, zealous thieves use all types of methods to steal your personal information. They may pose as your bank, your school, your credit card company and contact you via phone, email or even an official looking letter. In a recent federal criminal case involving false statements to the SEC (U.S. v. Binette, Cr.… Finish Reading First Contact by Agents of the Sec

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Developers Now Have Options to Fight Extortionate Permit Conditions and Permit Denials

By Travis Jacobs |

In Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, the US Supreme Court recently held that the takings clause of the US Constitution not only applies to cases in which a proposed development or project is approved with extortionate conditions, but to proposals that are denied because the developer refused to comply with the… Finish Reading Developers Now Have Options to Fight Extortionate Permit Conditions and Permit Denials

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