Will more government regulation help or hurt economic recovery? It's not too hard to figure out the U.S. Chamber of Commerce view with this interactive Website depicting the complexity of the new financial regulations in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. How wil Read More
A so-called "supertax" on big retailers in Scotland may violate EU law, if it provides "state aid" to small businesses. Charles Livingston, an associate at law firm Brodies, explains, "The EU does not allow governments to play favourites with participants in a competitive market. There is a ban on Read More
There may be more legal action in the case of a small business that went belly up just a few months after receiving $8 million in funding through a program backed by state tax credits. Read the story of Protein Solutions, a Chicago meat-packing company that may be a good argument for discretion whe Read More
A new "benefit corporation" status for socially conscious small businesses allows companies to make their commitments to things like fair-trade or eco-friendly products legally binding by writing this commitment into their company charters. Learn more about this new small business designation and t Read More
The push for repeal of a healthcare law unpopular with many business groups and which the majority of small business owners oppose according to a recent survey, has begun. The law was repealed by opponents in the U.S. House last week with passage of special legislation, but repeal will be more diff Read More
Two U.S. federal agencies are backing down on regulations that business groups consider unfriendly. The regulations on noise in the workplace and additional testing of products by the FDA were popular with consumer advocates but had drawn criticism from business leaders. What balance do you think s Read More
This week we turn back to the areas of copyright and contract law, and focus in on a particular type of agreement that is a fundamental must-have for any small business: the independent contractor agreement. Read More
When two or more businesses share information and get the idea to pool their resources for the greater benefit of all involved, the amorphous “joint venture” is often identified as the choice vehicle for moving forward with the shared plan for innovation. Joint ventures can create immense value thr Read More
Copyright law protects creative expressions of ideas fixed in tangible media. However, copyright law does not protect ideas themselves. In fact, except for information that qualifies as a trade secret (and ignoring patent law, which is a separate issue altogether), United States law does not provid Read More
What if while surfing the web you discover that someone has posted unauthorized copies of your copyrighted written materials, photos, presentations, videos or other information assets? What can (and should) you do? Attempting to contact the direct infringer is the most obvious response, but finding Read More
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