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Vicarious Liability: Can a Business Be Liable for the Tortious Acts of Employees?

By Travis Jacobs |

Every business relies on employees to use sound judgment and make responsible decisions within the scope of the employment. Effective employees work well under limited supervision, assist customers, help the business move towards its goals, and everyone benefits. What happens when employees act unreasonably, out of the scope of employment, and, as a result, damage… Finish Reading Vicarious Liability: Can a Business Be Liable for the Tortious Acts of Employees?

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The #LowDown on Hashtag Protection

By Travis Jacobs |

Hashtags – words or phrases preceded by the ‘#’ symbol have grown into an important promotional tool for businesses on social media platforms like {Instagram, Facebook, Twitter}.  Many businesses create hashtags as part of a marketing campaign that helps drive consumer engagement with the business or product.  But can a hashtag creator claim intellectual… Finish Reading The #LowDown on Hashtag Protection

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Marijuana in the Office: The Lowdown for Employers

By Travis Jacobs |

This past November, voters approved a ballot measure legalizing the possession and recreational use of marijuana.  On December 15, the new law went into effect, legalizing recreational use and homegrowing of marijuana plants (up to 12 plants per household).  However, the state legislature and the newly formed Cannabis Control Commission have delayed the implementation… Finish Reading Marijuana in the Office: The Lowdown for Employers

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Non-Compete Reform is Not Dead in Massachusetts

By Travis Jacobs |

Back in 2016, the Massachusetts House and Senate each passed different versions of non-competition reform bills, seeking to make changes to existing laws allowing employers to restrict its employees from gainful employment after termination. Both bills, however, failed, as the legislature was unable to come to an agreement before the legislative session ended.  While… Finish Reading Non-Compete Reform is Not Dead in Massachusetts

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Yes, Your Website Needs a Terms of Use Policy

By Travis Jacobs |

Recently, we posted a blog laying out the importance of a website’s privacy policy.  A quality privacy policy, however, is only half of the equation when it comes to protecting your website.  To truly protect yourself and your business, you need a comprehensive agreement that legally binds your users and regulates their actions on… Finish Reading Yes, Your Website Needs a Terms of Use Policy

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The Importance of a Privacy Policy

By Travis Jacobs |

It is no secret that the public’s concerns over the use and protection of their personal data has intensified in recent years.  Today {companies, website owners, businesses} that collect the personal information of their {customers, clients, website visitors} are expected to establish and maintain detailed and effective plans to safeguard the storage and use… Finish Reading The Importance of a Privacy Policy

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Uber’s Legal Issues Are Not Unique

By Travis Jacobs |

…Your Business Will Face Them Too Small technology companies and young tech-world entrepreneurs probably look at Uber and dream of what could be. In many ways, Uber is a model of business success.  However, in the last few years Uber has been subject to class action wage and salary lawsuits (unpaid overtime, misclassification of workers) in… Finish Reading Uber’s Legal Issues Are Not Unique

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Planning for a Breakup?

By Travis Jacobs |

The relationship between {owners, shareholders, partners} in a {new business, startup} is often compared to a marriage.  Its an apt analogy in many respects.  The {cofounders, partners, new owners} make a commitment to each other to be bound to the new company, for better or for worse, often agreeing to forego their own opportunities… Finish Reading Planning for a Breakup?

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The Primary Account Holder Trap

By Travis Jacobs |

Many small businesses rely on {company, business, corporate} credit cards as a convenient and integral part of their business.  However, many small business owners, especially those with multiple {partners, owners, shareholders}, are unaware of several issues related to business credit cards when they apply for a credit card.  If you are a small business… Finish Reading The Primary Account Holder Trap

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How to Lose a Trademark in 3 Ways

By Travis Jacobs |

Trademarks and Service Marks need to be renewed, maintained, monitored and actively protected from infringement. The following are three ways to lose a trademark: Abandonment of the mark. Trademark abandonment occurs when the owner of the Trademark or Service Mark stops using the mark, with no intention to use it again. Improper use, or misuse, of a mark by… Finish Reading How to Lose a Trademark in 3 Ways

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