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September 2014 Archives

Actress Kate Walsh caught up in potential contract dispute

As so many of our readers are aware, contracts are a staple in business settings. From agreements with other companies to employment contracts, the wording of these documents must be precise in order to avoid most major disputes.

The importance of adhering to wage and hour laws in California

In a post last week we discussed the Fair Labor Standards Act and how it affects employees across the nation, especially in the area of fair compensation for work done. According to the federal law, all nonexempt employees must be paid overtime pay for time worked past 40 hours in a work week. But as some of you may already know, California's hour and wage laws go beyond this rule.

How to tell if you have an intellectual property case or not

Whether you're an inventor or a writer, an entrepreneur or an actor, protecting your creativity and innovation are probably incredibly important to you. This is especially true if you rely on your talent for your livelihood.

What is the Fair Labor Standards Act?

Unless you've gone to law school or study the law in your spare time, you're like a lot of people across the nation -- you probably are quite unfamiliar with the state and federal laws that are at work every day. One such law is the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Licensing agreements: what to know before signing a contract

New inventions are often considered to be the life blood of any business venture. The allure of new products and services drive public interest and along with it the economy. It's because of this, as well as the promise of turning a profit, that many entrepreneurs have gotten into inventing.

The war of dollars: what's really going on with Family Dollar?

If you've been paying attention to the news lately then you probably have a good idea of how scorned Dollar General was by the acceptance of Dollar Tree's $8.5 billion bid for Family Dollar. Dollar General's distain for the acquisition stems from the fact that it had long sought to acquire Family Dollar and had even offered $9.1 billion for the discount retailer.

California judge reverse his own decision after reconsideration

As some of our readers may already know, the ridesharing service Uber uses a smartphone application to connect people in need of transportation with drivers who are willing to provide it. The service is now available in a number of cities across the nation and has gained thousands of followers.

Getting to know the basics of trademarks

There are a lot of things you might have questions about when you first startup a business. Are you going to provide goods or a service? How many employees will you have? How quickly do you want to expand? Do you have the right legal representation at your side to make sure you are abiding by all state and federal laws?

Will there be legal issues for employers of fast food protesters in California?

In San Diego this week, as well as in other cities across the nation, a large number of fast food workers hit the streets to protest low wages in the food service industry, further raising awareness about minimum wage and the fact that it may not be sufficient enough to stay above the poverty line in many states.

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