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September 2018 Archives

Uber wins decisions in federal appeals court

Uber’s model of classifying drivers as contractors has been a leading story in the ongoing discussion of how to classify an employee. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco s decision and compels arbitration in three lawsuits. The appeals court vote was 3-0. 

Employers do have right to regulate employee appearance

Catastrophe Management Solutions recently won a case before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The lawsuit filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged that it was illegal to not hire someone because of his or her dreadlock hairstyle.

3 tips for a successful franchise

If you are considering opening a franchise, there are many different factors you need to inform yourself about and consider. Because starting a franchise is a big decision, it pays to make the time investment upfront in terms of research before you take the plunge.

IBM faces suit over age discrimination

Big Blue is facing a class action lawsuit after being accused of illegally dismissing thousands of U.S. employees. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the suit alleges that three plaintiffs were fired because of their age. The suit goes on to point out that IBM laid off older employees in disproportionate numbers to younger employees. The complaint also alleges that the company did not hire older individuals for open positions.

Colins Kaepernick's case against the NFL will go forward

Nike's new ad featuring Colin Kaepernick courts controversy but it more than delivers on raising the profile of the athletic wear company. The company now has doubled down with a signature athletic wear line for the out-of-work quarterback. 

Start-ups best served by regulatory strategies

There are two recent books on startups (“The Fixer” and “Regulatory Hacking”) that each addresses the frequently overlooked importance of integrating regulatory strategies into the plan for starting a business. While each has a different perspective, the New York Times Business Section sees real merit in anticipating regulation.

Goop settles false advertising lawsuit

Gwyneth Paltrow is busier these days running her lifestyle company than acting, but she is still in the news. recently, it is for paying $145,000 settlement for false advertising. A business she founded 10 years ago and now worth hundreds of millions, Goop is a combination high-end boutique that peddles exotic products it creates or third party ones it sells through the website.

Copyright infringement and internet piracy

Using musical, dramatic, literary and other kinds of creative works without permission may constitute copyright infringement. Illegal software and its distribution also fall under the definition of copyright infringement, of which internet piracy is a popular and fast-growing form.

Trademark infringement or free advertising?

Patents provide legal protection against those who wish to steal ideas or products. Many believe that the value of a product is directly tied to the willingness to aggressively protect their products and services against infringement.

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