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Consistency is the Best P…

Consistency is the Best Policy

“But that’s not our policy.” How many times have you heard this or repeated this to someone else in the workplace? Clear, consistent policies help shape reasonable expectations among partners, managers and co-workers. But inconsistent policies… Read More
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Work Stoppage Means Cash…

Work Stoppage Means Cash Stoppage: Business Interruption Insurance Helps fill the Gap

Business interruption insurance is one of the most valuable coverages available, but it is often overlooked by small business owners. Most businesses purchase property insurance to cover repairs for fires and other disasters. But what happens when a… Read More
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Hiring Teens: Things You…

Hiring Teens: Things You Should Know Before the First Day of Work

My oldest two children are teenagers now, and the subject of “getting a job” has been batted around our house of late. As we consider the possibilities, I’ve conducted a bit of quick research regarding what teens can and cannot do for employmen… Read More
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Avoid Litigation Through…

Avoid Litigation Through Preparation

Litigation, while sometimes unavoidable, is an expensive and time-consuming process that can produce unpredictable results. In the context of business transactions, the best way to avoid litigation is to anticipate the potential for future problems … Read More
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Getting Down to Business…

Getting Down to Business… The Business of Business Courts, That Is

What’s the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word “litigation?” Expensive? Inefficient? Unpredictable? Effective October 17, 2012, Michigan’s Public Act 333 (“Act”) was designed to respond to these common concerns. The Act r… Read More
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Trademark Fees on the Ris…

Trademark Fees on the Rise

Trademark applications are on the rise, and it appears that trademark fees will soon be as well. More than 500,000 class filings were submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2015, and that number is expected to continue… Read More
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Next Wave of Disability L…

Next Wave of Disability Litigation? Websites

In March of this year, a California state court ruled that a retailer that sells luggage both from a traditional store location as well as online violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by maintaining a website that was inaccessible to ind… Read More
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Director and Officer Liab…

Director and Officer Liability in the Private Sector

Shortly after my husband and I moved to our current home, I decided to take a turn sitting on our Homeowners’ Association Board of Directors. One of the first issues that arose for the board that year was a dispute from an association member who ac… Read More
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Chip-n-Dip (It’s About…

Chip-n-Dip (It’s About Security, Not Guacamole)

The move to EMV is in process in the United States. EMV is short for Europay, MasterCard, and Visa’s global standard for chip-equipped credit/debit cards, chip-enabled point-of-service (POS) terminals, and the technology used to authenticate transa… Read More
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Defend Trade Secrets Act…

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: A Basic Primer

What do Coca-Cola Classic®, Big Mac® sauce, and KFC Original Recipe® chicken all have in common? Leaving aside obvious questions about nutritional value, the answer is that each product derives economic value from secret formulas that qualify as i… Read More
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