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Creating A Win-Win Relationship With Corporate Counsel

Building strong relationships between your company’s in-house corporate counsel and outside counsel is crucial to developing trust, effective representation, and retention to meet your corporate needs. The keys to doing so...more

Top Ten China Mistakes For Businessmen

We recently came across a list of the top ten mistakes businessmen make in China. It was written by the President of a consulting company based in Los Angeles that assists small to medium sized companies in their Asian and...more

Corporate Compliance with Licensing Requirements

Software and technology licensing fees are often tied to the number of users or devices that access an application or database. More users, or more devices, will often mean higher licensing fees. The terms and conditions...more

Data Privacy And Protection Efforts Start With A Company Policy, But Don’t End There

If your company has a data privacy policy in place, make sure you live up to its provisions. Failure to do so makes it more likely that the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) will pursue an enforcement action against the...more

Advantages Of Incorporating A Small Business

Small businesses can benefit from operating as corporations. If a small business is not a corporation it is most likely operating as a sole proprietor (one person) or partnership (two or more owners). But neither a sole...more

Responding To A Corporate Crisis

A corporate crisis can arise without warning and from many causes. A journalist writes a story about exploited workers at a foreign factory where the company manufactures product. The CEO is charged with sexual...more

Important Contractual Provisions

A recent North Carolina case, Perficient v. Pickworth (8/6/12) points out the importance of including provisions in business and employment contracts under which the parties agree where litigation will take place (a forum...more

Creating Simple and Enforceable Contracts: Lofty Goal or Foolish Fantasy?

Some argue that contracts need not be “filled with mind-bending legal gibberish” and that plain simple everyday language will suffice. Perhaps attorneys need to take a deep breath of fresh air and let go of the legal...more

Corporate Social Media Policies Should Comply With Recent NLRB Decision

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued a decision with significant impact upon employer policies that apply to employee use of social media. [Costco Wholesale Corporation, 358 NLRB No. 106 (Sept. 7,...more

Creating A Win-Win Relationship With Corporate Counsel

Building strong relationships between your company’s in-house corporate counsel and outside counsel is crucial to developing trust, effective representation, and retention to meet your corporate needs. The keys to doing so...more

Top Ten China Mistakes For Businessmen

We recently came across a list of the top ten mistakes businessmen make in China. It was written by the President of a consulting company based in Los Angeles that assists small to medium sized companies in their Asian and...more

Employer Access To Employee Social Media Limited In Proposed California Law

A bill currently winding its way through the California Legislature would limit the ability of an employer to request that an employee provide access to the employee’s personal social media accounts. AB 1844 “would...more

Sales Teams, Compensation Plans, and Driving Business

A balanced and effective compensation plan is key to motivating your sales team, and a motivated sales team may be the difference in achieving new growth in this challenging economy. But different people want different...more

Contract Litigation Insurance A Valuable Tool For Business

Many business contracts include “fee-shifting” provisions which require the losing party in any breach of contract litigation to pay attorneys fees incurred by the prevailing party. The financial risk of being liable for...more

Responding To A Corporate Crisis

A corporate crisis can arise without warning and from many causes. A journalist writes a story about exploited workers at a foreign factory where the company manufactures product. The CEO is charged with sexual...more

Playtex Loses $13 Million in False Advertising Case

Some cases just stink . . . literally! Especially when they involve baby diapers and advertising claims about diaper disposal pails and their ability to control odors. Munchkin Inc. sued its competitor in the diaper...more

Constant Email Access Increases Employee Stress

Five days away from email equals less stress. This may sound obvious, but that was the conclusion of a recent study that took away email from thirteen civilian workers at an Army facility outside Boston, according to a...more

California Electronic Discovery Act: Part Three

Part Three in a multi-part series on the topic. In Part One of this series, we discussed California’s Electronic Discovery Act. Part Two discussed the importance in legal proceedings of electronic information from social...more

Important Contractual Provisions

A recent North Carolina case, Perficient v. Pickworth (8/6/12) points out the importance of including provisions in business and employment contracts under which the parties agree where litigation will take place (a forum...more

Google Privacy Violation Alleged, Leads To FTC Settlement

Google’s business model is based on delivering relevant search results and, increasingly, relevant ads to those who use its products. In order to do so, Google needs to know a user’s search history since search history and...more

Creating Simple and Enforceable Contracts: Lofty Goal or Foolish Fantasy?

Some argue that contracts need not be “filled with mind-bending legal gibberish” and that plain simple everyday language will suffice. Perhaps attorneys need to take a deep breath of fresh air and let go of the legal...more

Does Your Business Have Transferable Value?

Business owners may have different goals, long and short term, but often these include the sale of a business, going public or other steps that permit the owner to reap the rewards of building the enterprise by cashing out in...more

Re-branding Can Be A Useful Tool For Business

Image is everything, as they say, or at least a crucial first impression. That’s why businesses, even those that have been around for many years, must remain constantly vigilant of how others, especially customers and...more

The Importance Of China Due Diligence And Corporate Seals

It’s common knowledge that doing business in China or with Chinese companies can be complicated and risky. But did you know that among those risks is the real possibility that you may be dealing with an imposter, either a...more

Corporate Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship Part Two

As a purely legal matter, corporate sustainability and social entrepreneurship require that we begin by asking the following question: Does the law of corporate governance permit social good as a primary focus and aim of...more

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