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“Happy Halloween!” from Your Romanian Law Firm

by Ross Fishman on

Speaking to 50 lawyers from 40 countries at the Legal Network International (LNI) conference last week, I suggested that law firms from smaller jurisdictions could build their brands and seek referrals by connecting...more

Lessons Learned: Website Redesign (Part 3)

by McManis Faulkner on

Congratulations! After many months of hard work with designers, techno-wizards, and fellow teammates, your new website is up and running for the whole world to see. Sigh. Isn’t it pretty? You and your team have agonized...more

Lessons Learned: Website Redesign (Part 2)

by McManis Faulkner on

The decision is made: your firm is going to dive in - create a new website or redesign your existing one. I hope you had a chance to read my teammate Amanda Peth’s blog Lessons Learned: Website Redesign (Part 1) about when...more

Good Ads and Websites Don’t Work.

by Ross Fishman on

More creative is cheaper. Stronger visuals cost less. Here’s why... See this ad? (see article for photo) It’s one previously used by a client, Lorne MacLean, a small firm in Vancouver, BC. Nice guy, great lawyer,...more

Website Design Implicated in Two Rulings on Enforceability of Online Terms – Highlights the Importance of Legal Review of Design...

This past summer, we wrote about two instances in which courts refused to enforce website terms presented in browsewrap agreements. As we noted, clickthrough agreements are generally more likely to be found to be enforced. ...more

Upcoming changes in requirements for service providers to benefit from DMCA safe harbor: consider these key steps

by DLA Piper on

If you maintain a website or service where you make content available to others, you probably have (and should have) an agent registered with the US Copyright Office to receive notices alleging copyright infringement. Last...more

Browsewrap Agreement Held Unenforceable – Website Designers Take Note!

In Nghiem v Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc., No. 16-00097 (C.D. Cal. July 5, 2016), the Central District of California held browsewrap terms to be unenforceable because the hyperlink to the terms was “sandwiched” between two...more

No copyright or trademark protection for metatags

by Field Law on

What if a competitor copied the metatags on your website and you watched web traffic bleed from your own site while the competitor’s site enjoyed a bump in hits? Are metatags subject to copyright or trademark protection?...more

Web.com Suffers Data Breach Affecting 93,000 Customers

The list of companies hit by cyber-attacks continues to grow.  This time, Florida-based web hosting company, Web.com, has announced that it suffered a data breach that may have compromised credit card information and other...more

I Paid For It, So I Own It, Right? Well…

You’ve formed your company, and you’ve qualified to do business (if you haven’t, see last week’s blog). But more than that, you’ve engaged a third-party web designer (not your employee) to create a web site for you....more

Vendor who built Maryland’s health exchange site settles for $45 million

Maryland Attorney General Maryland Attorney General announced yesterday that Noridian Healthcare Solutions LLC will pay the State of Maryland $20 million up front and $5 million over the next 5 years for a total of $45...more

Placement of Checkbox Can Make or Break a Clickwrap Agreement

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The enforceability of a wrap agreement (browsewrap, clickwrap and shrinkwrap) can often turn on what to the untrained eye may be mere minutiae. Such minutiae can include the nuances of the design of a website. For example, in...more

Marketing an International Law Firm Network (Post 3 of 3)

by Ross Fishman on

[This is the third and final part of a three-part post regarding how to market an international law or accounting firm network. The first post discussed how (a) the firms’ member contacts can market themselves within the...more

“Look and Feel” of a Website can Constitute Protectable Trade Dress

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California, in Ingrid & Isabel, LLC v. Baby Be Mine, LLC, --- F. Supp. 3d ----, 2014 WL 4954656 (N.D. Cal. 2014), in reviewing the arguments before it, attempted...more

The MOST-Important Question to Ask Before Updating Your Website is…

by Ross Fishman on

I read a lengthy online discussion detailing dozens of interview questions to ask a potential website developer. As expected, the questions focused on Design issues like font and layout, or Technical issues like platform and...more

The New ADA Design and Construction Issue: Website Accessibility

by Holland & Knight LLP on

- The DOJ has indicated that it plans on issuing a separate regulation to address website accessibility. However, no official action has been taken since it first sought comments on its proposal for addressing website...more

Knowing what your visitors really want – an introduction to heatmaps and scrollmaps

by Custom Legal Marketing on

A number of tools are available to show you how your users interact with your law firm’s website. This data can show you what’s working, but it’s not there to affirm that you are doing things right. The real value of knowing...more

Trade Dress Can Be Viable Means of Protecting Websites from Competitor’s Look-Alike Sites

Somewhere between a well-recognized website design like Google’s home page and a fledgling e-commerce venture built with free web building software lives most other websites. Depending on the investment in the development and...more

Here’s Proof That Marketing is More Important than Technology.

by Ross Fishman on

You meet someone at a party or conference and she seems smart and skilled. So you get her card and do the next thing people do, you visit her firm’s website. Then you see this home page.... Does she still seem as...more

Fostering Good Marketing – Jones Foster.

by Ross Fishman on

Jones Foster Johnston & Stubbs is a high-quality, old-line West Palm Beach, Florida law firm — 35 great lawyers and a relatively conservative and wealthy target audience. As we discussed previously in our “Name-based...more

Great Website Design Isn’t PRETTY. It’s EFFECTIVE.

by Ross Fishman on

What’s nice about eye-track testing is that it shows precisely what grabs your viewers’ attention, what they see, in what order, and how long they linger at each point....more

Here’s EXACTLY what people look at on your website.

by Ross Fishman on

Which website design works better? We’re using some pretty amazing technology to (1) help select the most effective campaign, (2) ensure that viewers focus on our message, and (3) optimize the design and layout. ...more

Responsive Design for Law Firm Websites – 10 Questions Answered (part 1)

by Great Jakes Marketing on

Responsive Design for Law Firm Websites – 10 Questions Answered (part 1) It’s been a few months since I spoke at the 2013 Legal Marketing Association conference in Las Vegas. My talk was about the new mobile website...more

Does Your Business Have A Website? Get Ready For New ADA Regulations

by LeClairRyan on

Courts have wrestled for several years with how to apply the ADA’s public accommodation requirements to online businesses or online aspects of businesses (USA Today published an article and quoted me on the issue available at...more

Designing for Privacy & Web Success

by Snell & Wilmer on

Originally published in Website Magazine, on January 18, 2013. It is a safe prediction for 2013 that public awareness of websites’ data privacy issues will continue to increase. In the last few years, popular websites,...more

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