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January 2016 Archives

Study explores whether minimum wage hikes adversely affect franchises

The last few years have seen major changes in the minimum wage laws of cities and states across the nation. Indeed, 14 states -- through both legislation and ballot measures -- have introduced substantial minimum wage increases since 2014.

SCOTUS to examine patent dispute review process

In 2011, Congress took historic action in the area of intellectual property litigation when it announced a review board was being set up within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to hear and resolve patent disputes using a procedure referred to as inter partes review.

What business owners should know about tortious interference -- III

Over the last month, we've been examining how those business owners whose conduct crosses the line between friendly competition and borderline sabotage may be hit with a legal action alleging tortious interference with a contract.

Some important considerations for those looking to open a franchise

At some point in their lives, most people will enter a popular chain to grab a bite to eat or purchase an item, and, after looking around at the sizeable crowd gathered there, think that they should considering opening the very same establishment in another location. Indeed, they may think there's an untapped interest in this particular location and that they could stand to make some very real money.  

Where can those looking to start a small business go for help? -- II

Last week, our blog started discussing how budding entrepreneurs eager to get their business off the ground or operating at the next level, but who remain stymied by insufficient capital may consider securing financing from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Where can those looking to start a small business go for help?

It is a truly exciting time when a group of budding entrepreneurs come together to share ideas, develop a business plan and lay the foundation for what they hope will someday be a successful venture. Indeed, things become even more exciting when these entrepreneurs put their business plan into action and start trying to turn a profit in earnest.

Ad campaign has Greek yogurt makers ready to fight it out in court

It's no surprise to see rivals in the highly competitive food and beverage industry engaging in bitter battles to secure more space on shelves and more consumer dollars.  Indeed, the preferred weapons of choice in these battles are typically new product offerings, increased market expansion and, of course, advertising campaigns.

What business owners should know about tortious interference -- II

Last time, our blog began discussing how overzealous business owners who engage in conduct that proves damaging to fellow competitors may find themselves on the wrong end of a lawsuit alleging tortious interference with a contract.

What business owners should know about tortious interference

Ask any business owner about the keys to success and they will likely say that much of it depends on staying one-step ahead of the competition. Indeed, this means not just offering a better product or service to customers, but also keeping operating costs low and, of course, generating higher profit margins.     

Why was a music streaming giant hit with a class action lawsuit?

The online destination of choice for many music fans is Spotify, the cloud-based Swedish music streaming service that provides listeners with access to millions of tracks either free of charge -- with ads and limited services -- or for a monthly fee -- with no ads and enhanced services.

Report: Atlanta among the best U.S. cities to launch startups

Most people identify places like New York or California's Silicon Valley as being the desired destination of choice for launching tech startups, meaning those businesses that are typically still in their infancy and financed by their founders.

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