by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 16, 2014

Why Online Businesses Need Contracts, Too

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Last month, the Federal District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., decided a case involving a dispute between a purchaser and a company providing information reports online.  As reported by Eric Goldman in his Technology & Marketing Law Blog, the case of Scherillo v. Dun & Bradstreet confirmed that “acknowledgment check boxes” can provide a powerful defense […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 15, 2014

What I Learned from “The Expendables”

Sylvester Stallone’s latest opus, The Expendables, was released in movie theaters this past weekend, and I have to confess that I’ve been dying to see it.  Bash-em-up-smash-em-up films are a kind of guilty pleasure for me.  Van Damme, Stallone, Schwartzenegger, Statham, Li, Willis–many of the actors in the film fill my list.  And as long […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 14, 2014

Is Your Business Healthy? How to View the Numbers.

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As you look back on the past year, and think about planning for the future, you’ll ask yourself a question reminiscent of New York City’s former Mayor Ed Koch, “How’m I doin’?” So how are you doing? Did you have a good year and meet your targets? Is your business healthy, with a strong foundation? […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 13, 2014

New changes to New York employee laws

As if there aren’t enough HR laws on the books for small businesses to keep up with, New York State, in its infinite wisdom, decided to add one more: the NY Wage Theft Prevention Act.  Effective April 9, 2011, the New York Labor Law tries to further bolster employment rights by requiring all employers to […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 12, 2014

The Ayn Rand Book that Winked at Me

How do you pack for a trip down memory lane? For Proust, all it took was the smell of some coffee and pastry. For me, it was today’s tweet from @Brenna_E on @mashable regarding a “Giant Shout-Out to Ayn Rand.” In high school, a friend of mine was forced to digest Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, which she […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 11, 2014

The Fairy Tale Nature of the Perfect 1-Page Agreement

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Unless you’re working with microscopic font sizes, if you’re involved in a transaction of any consequence (and by that I mean consequence to you, not consequence to the national debt), I weigh in on the side of “fiction.” Every time I’m handed a “short-form” agreement–like the eight-page partnership agreement a business owner (a lawyer!) asked […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 11, 2014

What’s monkeying with your business growth?

“Every time I call, it’s a [expletive] debate,” Devon fumed. “And I gotta call every month to get paid. I can’t stand it!” My client, Devon, runs a tech support and solutions business. He’s been grumbling about this business customer for many months. How the company never pays on time. Or follows the “rules” in […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 10, 2014

Taking a Partner Can Help . . . Or Hinder

Sometimes, it seems, you do have to look a gift horse in the mouth. As Sarah Needleman points out in her Wall Street Journal article, “Taking a Partner Can Help… or Hinder,” a promise of cash can lead to problems of control. When half of all businesses that try to borrow money don’t get any […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 9, 2014

Avoid These 4 Mistakes Overseas

Doing business in other countries isn’t the same as doing business in the good old USA. Maybe you have a product already and are looking to expand into a new market. Maybe you’re looking overseas for a supplier, manufacturer or distributor of a product to sell in the U.S. Whatever your situation, if you’re serious […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 8, 2014

Get it (Legally) Right: Brooklyn Creative League, July 15

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You may have plenty of opportunities to get it (legally) right . . . but not as many to hear me speak on the subject!  For those of you near Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 15, stop by the Brooklyn Creative League, where I’ll be talking about everything you need to know about business law in […]

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