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Digest for Week of May 10th, 2016

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Online Business Win: Louisiana's Age-Verification Law Gets Tossed

Ephrat Livni, Esq.
May 9, 2016

A federal judge last week ruled that a Louisiana statute requiring booksellers and publishers online to verify the age of website visitors is unconstitutional. The law is intended to protect minors from harmful materials, reports the Courthouse News Service, but the court found it violated free speech rights. The......
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Bathroom Bias Battle Heats Up as North Carolina Sues DOJ

Casey C. Sullivan, Esq.
May 9, 2016

North Carolina has faced a significant backlash since it adopted House Bill 2, a law meant to force transgender individuals to use the bathroom of their birth gender, rather than the gender they identify with. PayPal cancelled plans to expand to Charlotte, Lionsgate and A+E have refused to film......
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Business Disclosures: When Your Business Discloses Too Much

Jonathan R. Tung, Esq.
May 9, 2016

One of the biggest problems that an in-house lawyer will have to address is what to do with inadvertent business disclosures of valuable company information. In fact, many of these disclosures can be made (mistakenly) by your business in an attempt to build strong business relations. Sounds good. But what......
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Small Business Week: Tips for Selling or Ending Your Startup or Small Biz

Christopher Coble, Esq.
May 6, 2016

This week is the SBA's Small Business Week, so we'll be featuring legal advice for small businesses all week long. Today's topic is closing up the shop you opened -- how to sell or end your business. Most entrepreneurs don't want to think about walking away from the companies they've......
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Corporation Basics: Piercing the Veil and Personal Responsibility

Ephrat Livni, Esq.
May 5, 2016

You did your research before going into business, so you know that incorporation protects your personal assets if your business is sued. A corporate officer is not personally liable for the actions of the business, and that is one major reason to incorporate. This protection is called the corporate......
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5 Top Tips for Letting Employees Go

Casey C. Sullivan, Esq.
May 5, 2016

No one likes to be fired and few people like to fire others. But if the firing is tough, the resulting litigation can be tougher. For, as inevitable as terminations are in the business world, they're also often fodder for lawsuits. As in-house counsel, you can have a role......
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Small Business Week: IP Tips for Your Startup or Small Biz

Christopher Coble, Esq.
May 5, 2016

There's not a business out there, big or small, that doesn't have intellectual property issues. Patents, trademarks, and copyrights touch every aspect of business, not just the latest tech startup. So if don't have a plan to assert and protect your small business intellectual property rights, you don't really have......
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HIPAA Violations Cost HCPs Big, but In-House Can Help

Jonathan R. Tung, Esq.
May 4, 2016

Health care providers collectively are holding their breath following last month's $1.55 million settlement agreement between Minnesota's North Memorial Health Care and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Soon all the oxygen was sucked out of the room following an even bigger settlement......
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Top 5 Lessons From Small Business Lawsuits

Christopher Coble, Esq.
May 4, 2016

Lawsuits, for better or worse, are a fact of business life. And just because a business is small doesn't mean it can't or won't get sued. When small businesses get sued, other small business owners take notice and try and learn from the lawsuit, because there are lessons everywhere you......
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Small Business Week: Employment Tips for Your Startup or Small Biz

Christopher Coble, Esq.
May 4, 2016

This week is the SBA's Small Business Week, so we'll be featuring legal advice for small businesses all week long. Today's topic is employment -- the lifeblood of your company that can turn toxic if you're not careful. Worker protections against discrimination and wrongful termination are expanding, and wage and......
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Anti-Chinese Hacking Trade Secret Bill Goes to Obama's Desk

Jonathan R. Tung, Esq.
May 3, 2016

In these highly interconnected times, a company's intellectual property and trade secrets are more valuable than ever. With this in mind, both houses of Congress sent a bill which will, upon President Obama's signature, become the Defend Trade Secrets Act. If passed, the newly minted federal law will open the......
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No Editorial Oversight or Staff Means No Liability for Online Publisher

Ephrat Livni, Esq.
May 3, 2016

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled late last month that a media company was not responsible for the copyright infringing posts of its freelance writers. If you are running an online business of any kind, creating content, or working with contractors and freelancers, you will find this case......
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