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Going For the Gold: How To Legally Recruit The Best Candidates - March 24, 2017

When the world's greatest athletes compete in the Olympics, these athletes must follow a strict set of rules to prevent deductions and disqualifications. When employers compete for the best candidates in the marketplace, they too must follow a strict set of rules to avoid being "dinged" by a lawsuit. Read More »


How a Comma Could Cost You - March 23, 2017

Few people actually remember all those pesky grammar rules we learned in school. But you can bet that a company in Maine will not be forgetting its comma rules anytime soon. Read More »


An HR Checklist for New Employers: You have Your Ship, and Now You Need Your Crew, How to get Your 'Ship' Together - March 7, 2017

Starting a business is not always simple. Being an employer carries with it a number of obligations and it is important to know the ropes prior to even hiring your first employee. Read More »


Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: What Does It Mean for Employers? - July 18, 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law, creating a federal claim for misappropriation of trade secrets. Read More »


Startup Companies Beware: A Shareholder's Right to Obtain Sensitive Company Information - May 30, 2016

Issuing new shares can help a startup bring in new investors who infuse the company with much needed capital or attract skilled employees who provide the necessary skills, expertise and leadership to help grow the company. However, issuing new shares means that the founding owners will give up some of their potential economic gains and control. Read More »


Start-Up Business Fundraising: Convertible Notes - January 12, 2016

Broadly speaking, there are three major ways for a start-up company to generate money to keep its business growing. While each of these approaches benefits and drawbacks, this post explores one common debt security called the convertible note. Read More »


New Crowdfunding Rules Provide Startups And Small Businesses With Greater Access To Capital - January 7, 2016

On October 30, 2015, in a 686-page document, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules permitting companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding portals. Read More »


Conflicting State and Federal Laws May Result in Crippling Blows to Business in the Marijuana Industry - October 6, 2015

Marijuana is clearly a big business, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We all know branding and protecting your trademarks are important for any business. However, for a business dealing with "taboo" products -i.e., marijuana-building a brand and controlling the brand is particularly important. Read More »


How to Properly Use Your Trademark -- Part I - June 17, 2015

Trademarks and service marks can be any word, symbol and/or symbol (or any combination thereof) that identifies or distinguishes the source of a product or service of one party from those goods or services of another party. In order to maintain your trademark or service mark, an owner must use its mark properly in the marketplace. Read More »


Trademark Dos and Don'ts: Choosing a Trademark - Why You Shouldn't Pick a Descriptive Trademark - May 27, 2015

Adopting a trademark is an incredibly important decision and potential risk for a business. And while adopting a trademark may seem like an easy thing to do, the legal ramifications of this decision make it more complicated than most people appreciate. Read More »


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