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The top-11 legal things start-up businesses should know

For 17 years, in addition to representing people and businesses in court, we have served as general counsel to businesses in a variety of industries. We’ve counseled people starting businesses from their spare bedrooms as well as established busine… Read More

The Mom Test

In honor of Mother’s Day this coming weekend, I thought I would tell you that before you sign your next contract, you should ask yourself whether my mother would understand it. If the answer isn’t yes, then you shouldn’t sign it. Read More

Blaming your lawyer

“We can only make hamburgers well done,” said the waitress. “If you can make it well done,” I said, “you can make it medium rare, you just take it off the grill a minute or two earlier than usual.” “I’m sorry,” the waitress re… Read More

What causes home-field advantage

Home-field advantage: in the NFL, the home team wins 57.6% of the time; in the NBA it’s 62.7%; and in Major League Baseball it’s 54.1%. There are lots of theories about why there is a home-field advantage. Some say the support of the home crow… Read More

Sometimes You Need to be Told “No”

There is an interesting trial going on in New York involving Macy’s, Martha Stewart, and J.C. Penney. Martha Stewart and Macy’s signed a contract several years ago in which Macy’s obtained the exclusive rights to sell Martha Stewart products… Read More

Who owns the pope’s Twitter account?

One of the many questions raised by Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation is who owns his Twitter account. Does the @pontifex Twitter account belong to the office or the man? Since it has been 600 years since any pope has resigned, resolving this issue i… Read More

Can I see your company’s ID?

Imagine that you own Steel Blade, a manufacturer of expensive steak knives. You sell your knives to boutique cutlery stores nationwide. Your best seller is the Steel Blade 3000, which can cut through a brick like warm butter and still slice through a… Read More

Does Your Business Have a Prenup?

Larry King didn’t have a prenup when he got married for the eighth time. So when he allegedly cheated on his wife with her sister, a large part of his estimated $144 million fortune could have been split 50/50 in a divorce under California law had… Read More

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