by on October 5, 2020

What Lawsuits Cost Small Businesses

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What will $105 billion get you? For some, it equals the gross domestic product of a small island nation in the Caribbean. However, here in the United States, it’s the burden that small businesses shoulder in tort liability costs. As reported on Small Business Trends, a recent study by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal […]

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Picture this: you’re renovating your house (or apartment, for us city dwellers)…and it looks like a bomb just hit it: sawdust and sheetrock shrapnel is everywhere; there are open paint cans and trays and brushes dotted about the drop cloths on the floor; wires and cables snake from the ceiling and along the open baseboards; […]

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From the department of “what part of ‘don’t contact me’ do you not understand?” comes a recent New York case, People v. Fernino [2008 WL 382348 (N.Y.City Crim.Ct. February 13, 2008), for those of you who want the citation]. Thanks to Evan Brown and his Internet Cases blog for pointing it out. Here’s the history: […]

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by on September 26, 2020

The End of Privacy as We Know It?

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Is the rise of Web 2.0 the beginning of the end for personal privacy? While only time will tell, there are plenty of pundits crying “the sky is falling!” …and perhaps with good reason. Never before has it been so easy to circulate private information. Never before have the intimate details of so many people’s […]

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Post image for Ancient Chinese Secret? The Key to Family Business Longevity

Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude, an opportunity to be with family. So on this family day, it’s somewhat fitting to have this post about family businesses. If you are, or have any inclination to be, in business with a family member, there is a secret to ensuring its success. Some firms have been family-owned […]

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For anyone who ever doubted the benefit of confidentiality agreements, the case of Chris Botticella, former Thomas’ English Muffin executive should put the doubts to rest. As recently reported in the New York Times, Botticella was one of a small handful of people who knew the entire “nook and cranny” secret.  He signed a confidentiality […]

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In trolling through the blogosphere, I came across a handful of posts that asked (and answered) the question: which legal issues keep entrepreneurs up at night? I found that “finding the right attorney” is definitely among them. How do you know who’s the right fit? How can you tell if they really know their areas […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 14, 2020

Should a non-profit take and keep detailed minutes of board meetings?

Q.:  I understand you do not let executive session board minutes into anyone but the board of directors’ hands. In fact, I have heard that you pass these board minutes out in executive session and they are then collected and given back to, in our case our attorney who is, chairman of the board and […]

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Sorry for the inconvenience–my segment on “Avoiding Business Divorce” has been moved to Thursday, Aug. 5, at 10:30 a.m. (ET) If you can’t listen in live to our business partnership discussion, make sure you check back in for the replay. Have questions about business partnerships you’d want to “Ask The Business Lawyer”?  Listen in–on 8/5 […]

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You can’t be a ‘little bit pregnant’; can you have a legally non-binding agreement? Full-blown written contracts can be such a chore, can’t they? Especially when you’re at the initial “exploration” stages of a business negotiation. You’re not ready to close a deal–you need more time to work things through and conduct your due diligence–but […]

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