Category Archives: Small Business Issues
INTRODUCTION: There has been quite a bit of noise around a federal statute that immunizes website and mobile application owners and operators from liability for certain conduct. This statute is 47 U.S. Code Section 230 “Protection for Private Blocking and Screening of Offensive Material” or more commonly known as “Section 230” of the Communications… Finish Reading Section 230 Immunity Has Its Limits
DECISION: A Pennsylvania Federal Court just dismissed a lawsuit brought by a group of restaurateurs (this is the correct spelling) seeking to force The Hartford Insurance Co. to provide business interruption insurance coverage related to COVID-19 and government closure orders. The Court dismissed the lawsuit this week. In dismissing the lawsuit, the Court concluded… Finish Reading Business Interruption Insurance Case – Lansdale 329 Prop LLC et al v The Hartford Ins
Massachusetts face a constant cat & mouse game with underage patrons who are now able to purchase near perfect fake IDs online. Massachusetts and Federal authorities have been aware of this for years, but Liquor Licensees almost exclusively bear the burden of the consequences for selling alcohol to ‘underage’ patrons, while those underage patrons… Finish Reading Liquor Licensees & Underage Drinkers: A Never-ending Cat & Mouse Game
Technology has become an integral part of our daily life both personal and work. Technology can make operating your business easier and more efficient. However, the increased use of more invasive technology has given rise to employee and staff privacy concerns. According to Norton (an international virus software provider), around 65% of businesses have… Finish Reading Technology in the Office
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” worked well for Shakespeare, but the concept may apply when it comes to your business name, branding, DBA names, mottos, slogans and taglines. You want your ‘rose’ to only be called ‘rose’ to avoid a confused consumers believing that the rose of another is… Finish Reading Quick Tips: Trademarks
Electronic signatures are becoming increasingly more popular as technology evolves and people are looking for ways to become more efficient. The idea of being able to type your name into a computer instead of having to sign a physical document and send to different parties is very appealing, as it saves time, money, and… Finish Reading Is my DocuSign Signature Enforceable?
Commercial tenants are often under the mistaken belief that their are non-negotiable except for the rental rate and lease term. “Large-space” commercial tenants, especially, have more flexibility in negotiating their leases and should take advantage of that. One of the most important, and often overlooked, terms in a commercial lease is the Termination Clause.… Finish Reading Protect Your Business Before You Sign a Commercial Lease
Corporate entities must be sure to keep excellent paper records which are orderly and up-to-date. Failure to properly maintain corporate business records creates unnecessary problems with the IRS, jeopardizes the limitation of liability for corporate officers, and hurts your business’s reputation with potential buyers or lenders. A typical minutebook should include at a minimum:… Finish Reading Minutebooks: How Avoiding Seemingly Mundane Paperwork Can Cost Your Business Dearly
As many companies are using a trademark, they often use the ® or TM symbol following their logo or company name. As a trademark owner, it is important to know when you should use these symbols, and more importantly, how they should be used. To begin, it is necessary to recognize the symbols that… Finish Reading How do I use Trademark Symbols?
Suppose you decide you would like to change the name of your business or due to the sale of your business assets (including your tradenames, trademarks and brand names) you now need to change your business name. There are right and wrong ways to do so. It is likely you have created consumer brand… Finish Reading How Do I Change My Business Name?