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The Importance of an Effective Letter of Intent

When you make the decision to sell your business, it is important to take each step of the deal process seriously. It is easy to focus on the finish line, but this can get you into trouble if certain terms and conditions are not properly negotiated before closing the deal. One very critical part of [..]

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EEOC Alleges FedEx Failed to Accommodate Deaf Workers

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has recently filed a lawsuit against FedEx alleging that the delivery company unlawfully discriminated against deaf and partially deaf workers and job applicants. The illegal conduct allegedly occurred over numerous years and the lawsuit was the result of 19 discrimination charges filed nationwide by deaf and hard of [..]

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Advice for Sole-Owner LLCs

If you are a single-owner of a limited liability company (LLC), it is important to understand that registering with the Secretary of State may not be enough to limit your personal liability. Filing your Articles of Organization is important, but so is what you do after you register your entity. A creditor’s lawyer will conduct [..]

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Tips for Effective Compliance Training

In September of 2014, the Governor of California signed AB 2053 into law, adding to the required AB 1825 sexual harassment training for supervisors. Beginning January 1, 2015, the training must include information on how to prevent “abusive conduct.” Below are a few employee training tips for California employers: Require all employees to attend the [..]

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Whistleblower Awards on the Rise

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced that it is expecting to pay the biggest whistleblower award that the agency has paid yet. The award exceeds $30 million and is being paid to a foreign whistleblower under Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank). Chief of the [..]

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Trademark Infringement

Coming up with a name, logo or catch-phrase to set your brand apart from the competition can be difficult. When you finally create the perfect one, it is important to protect your rights to it and prevent others from using it. Trademark law can be complex. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website [..]

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The EEOC’s Charge Handling Process

Every employer dreads having an employee file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). If this happens to you, it is important to contact us for help as soon as you receive notice of the claim, which is within 10 days of the charge being filed against you. The notice will provide you [..]

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Mistakes to Avoid in Mergers & Acquisitions

If you are preparing to sell your company, there are some big mistakes that entrepreneurs commonly make, including failing to: Create Competition. Don’t limit your selling base to one potential buyer. In order to obtain the best price possible, create a competitive bidding process, or at least the perception of one. In order to accomplish [..]

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Essential Legal Advice for your Start-Up Company

If you are starting a new business, you are facing numerous difficult decisions. These decisions can directly affect the success of your company, so you want to make sure you get them right. A few decisions that warrant seeking legal advice are: Choosing a Legal Structure Selecting the most advantageous legal structure for your entity [..]

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Important Benefits of Trade Secret Protection

If you have an invention that is not eligible for a patent, you can still protect it by claiming it as a trade secret. Trade secrets can protect information that is valuable non-public information. The question to ask is whether your invention can allow your business to gain an advantage over your competitors because your [..]

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