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Litigation Less Expensive…

Litigation Less Expensive?

If your company or you have ever been embroiled in a lawsuit, you know what an expensive proposition that is.  Between legal fees and the serious drain on your time and energy, litigation can leave you feeling as though you are free falling in the g… Read More
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What Makes Us Great

What Makes Us Great

Small businesses in America represent over 99% of the country’s employers and nearly 50% of all private-sector jobs.  Workers are not just cogs in a wheel, clocking in and out.  They are critical to making businesses profitable and to the overall… Read More
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Don’t Take Weight Discr…

Don’t Take Weight Discrimination Lightly

Did you know that at present, Michigan is the only state with a civil rights statute that specifically designates “weight” as a protected class under the law?  Under the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (“ELCRA”), Michigan employers are prohi… Read More
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No Contest (USPTO Style)

No Contest (USPTO Style)

While most people realize that they need to file trademark maintenance documents after the fifth year of registration, many fail to take advantage of the opportunity at that time to gain heightened protection for their mark by having the mark acknowl… Read More
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Back to School, Back to B…

Back to School, Back to Basics

It seems like it was not that long ago that we were wondering if spring would ever arrive. All too quickly, and with back-to-school sales in full swing, it is clear that summer is on the wane (high temps and humidity notwithstanding). If you have col… Read More
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Protecting Your Good Name

Protecting Your Good Name

If you are in business, there are plenty of good reasons to set up a corporation or a limited liability company.  High on that list is the ability to prevent a competitor from stealing your business name.  So long as your corporation or limited lia… Read More
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Does Taxable Value Equal…

Does Taxable Value Equal Market Value?

If you’ve lived in Michigan a while, you know that we have a quirky system for determining the “Taxable Value” of residential real estate.  Under Proposal A (passed in 1994), the increase in the taxable value of residential real estate cannot… Read More
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Keep Me Logged In

Keep Me Logged In

While developing your estate plan, a best first step is to identify your online accounts. And that’s a perfect time to consider the security and storage of your passwords as well. Most people don’t have hard copies of account statements anymore b… Read More
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Consistency Is Key

Consistency Is Key

According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” What then of wise consistencies? In the employment context, they are to be strived for! And the following tips may be helpful:  Enforcing policies consi… Read More
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Protection for Less

Protection for Less

Registration of a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office is the best and preferred method of trademark protection because it grants nationwide, prioritized ownership rights. But the costs associated with the application process… Read More
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