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Section 230 Immunity Has Its Limits

By Travis Jacobs |

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

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Business Interruption Insurance Case – Lansdale 329 Prop LLC et al v The Hartford Ins

By Travis Jacobs |

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

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Liquor Licensees & Underage Drinkers: A Never-ending Cat & Mouse Game

By Travis Jacobs |

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

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The Trademark Bully

By Travis Jacobs |

The USPTO actually defines a trademark bully as, “a trademark owner that uses its trademark rights to harass and intimidate another business beyond what the law might be reasonably interpreted to allow.” A registered trademark or servicemark is a form of legally protected intellectual property that identifies the products or services of a . To… Finish Reading The Trademark Bully

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Amazon Brand Registry Requires a USPTO Registered Trademark

By Travis Jacobs |

If you weren’t paying attention, you might have missed it. Amazon has modified their Brand Registry program and instituted new rules and tools for merchants to protect their brands, logos and products from counterfeiters – Transparency and Project Zero. Not only can merchants register their brand but Amazon uses, and now makes available to… Finish Reading Amazon Brand Registry Requires a USPTO Registered Trademark

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Technology in the Office

By The Jacobs Law |

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

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Quick Tips: Trademarks

By The Jacobs Law |

“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

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Massachusetts Wage and Hour Laws: Minimum Wage

By The Jacobs Law |

Determining how much to pay your employees can be difficult. On one hand, you want them to be happy and able to support themselves; on the other hand, you want to keep as much of the profits as possible. Luckily, the law provides some sort of guidance. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) of… Finish Reading Massachusetts Wage and Hour Laws: Minimum Wage

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Massachusetts Wage and Hour Laws: The Workweek

By The Jacobs Law |

The first installment in this series is about the “workweek.” The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) describes the workweek as “a recurring period of seven consecutive 24 hour periods” that can begin on any day of the week. This “work week” is fixed, as well as independent of the actual hours worked by the… Finish Reading Massachusetts Wage and Hour Laws: The Workweek

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Massachusetts Wage and Hour Laws: An Introduction

By The Jacobs Law |

We are beginning a series where we delve into the different laws that are addressed in the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, and hopefully help you avoid mistakes that can be detrimental to your business. This act details exactly how to calculate your employee’s compensation, and what you can and can’t do regarding overtime… Finish Reading Massachusetts Wage and Hour Laws: An Introduction

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