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Showing 31 posts tagged Closely Held Businesses.

Address businesses liabilities with sound compliance, experienced litigation counsel

One of the points we mention fairly frequently on this blog is that proactive regulatory compliance is critical for businesses. One reason for this is that the costs for failing to comply with federal laws and regulations can be significant. More >

Businesses receive greater clarity on obligations under federal law

For businesses, navigating compliance with federal and state law is not always an easy task. Aside from the sheer amount of regulation, there is also the fact that the law is not always clear about what a business’s obligations really are. More >

Seeking guidance in fiduciary duty compliance? Work with experienced attorney

In our last post, we spoke about the importance of businesses being aware of their fiduciary responsibilities and establishing solid compliance policies to ensure they are meeting their legal obligations. One area where this is particularly important for companies sponsoring retirement plans under ERISA, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. Because these plans constitute an important source of support for many Americans after they leave full-time work, companies who sponsor these plans have a large responsibility. More >

Breach of fiduciary duties can be costly

The term fiduciary is an important one in the business world, and refers to relationships in which trust is place in one party to manage and protect the assets of another. The relationship entails what is commonly referred to as fiduciary duties, which include the obligation to manage assets for the benefit of the individual or entity who entrusts the assets. More >

What are the basics of the patent process? P.2

In our previous post, we began speaking about the initial steps an entrepreneur would take in the patent process. We’ve already spoken about identifying the type of protection needed and conducting a patent search to determine whether the patent is available.  More >

What are the basics of the patent process? P.1

In recent posts, we’ve been speaking about intellectual property rights, including trademark disputes. Here, we want to speak briefly about some of the basics of the patent application process and how an attorney can help businesses to navigate that process. More >

What factors do courts consider in trademark disputes?

In our last post, we wrote about a trademark infringement case out in California involving a small business owner who is up against a large corporation in protecting a marketing slogan she trademarked. In such David vs. Goliath cases, it is important to work with an experienced attorney to protect one's business interests. More >

Small businesses need help protecting intellectual property rights

Potential trademark infringement and other issues regarding intellectual property rights are part and parcel of developing and marketing new products in a competitive market. In protecting their own intellectual property, businesses need to be proactive on the front end and determined to protect their intellectual property rights when they are infringed. More >

Looking at those Amazon non-competes from a Kentucky perspective, P.2

In our last post, we began looking at a non-compete agreement Amazon has been imposing on warehouse workers, even temporary workers. We’ve specifically been looking at how the agreements might fare under Kentucky law. Having offered some brief comments on the non-compete agreement from the standpoint of several factors of Kentucky law, let’s look at a couple other factors. More >

Looking at those Amazon non-competes from a Kentucky perspective

We’ve been talking about non-compete agreements on this blog, first focusing on the various factors judges consider when evaluating the legality of such agreements and then looking at the non-competes to which Amazon.com routinely subjects even temporary warehouse workers. As we noted last time, there are some who think that the Amazon non-compete agreements have a very broad applicability in terms of the type of work and the geographical location in which employees are barred from seeking work after leaving Amazon. More >

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