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Banks Without a Remedy for Fraudulent Check Cashing Scheme?

In a recent Seventh Circuit Case, the dangers of a bank cashing a fraudulent check based on an electronic image raises important business banking concerns.  In a recent Commercial Banking Law Case, an attorney’s client Fumiko Anderson asked attorney Goodson … Continue reading

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New Overtime Regulations from the US Department of Labor–$47K plus overtime?

A new US Department of Labor (“DOL”) Regulation that is set to go into effect on December 1, 2016 provides for overtime pay to individuals that are earning up to a salary of $47,500.  This means even if, they are … Continue reading

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Leveraging Long Term Supply Agreements to Finance additional R&D and Expansion!

One often, overlooked method of financing growth is long term supply agreements with specific unit and pricing requirements.  Once, these long term supply agreements are finalized the supplier can rely on them for planning future growth.  The supplier gets a … Continue reading

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Gender discrimination in Silicon Valley and the Startup and VC Industry!

Gender discrimination may be more prevalent in Silicon Valley, the Startup and VC culture than most realize.  The reality is that most partners, VCs and Startup CEOs are men.  The Ellen Pao trial has brought these issues to light, but … Continue reading

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Strong Brands or Trademarks and Product Quality Often Lead to Mergers and Acquisitions!

  The more well-known a particular brand or trademark, the more likely it will be a good basis for a merger or acquisition.  A well-known brand or trademark along with good product quality leads to customer loyalty.  Generally, this well-known … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship in America and the impact of Immigration Visas (Start Up Visa and L1)

Many tech startups are started by immigrants to the United States and they require a visa to continue to stay in the U.S.  Often, the startups are created and operated by immigrants that do not know if, they will be … Continue reading

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The Defend Trade Secrets Act-Ex Parte Seizure Orders, Really?

It still is not clear to me as to whether or not, the Defend Trade Secrets Act is needed in light of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act adopted by most United States.   The expansion of the Economic Espionage Act … Continue reading

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Scandalous and Disparaging or First Amendment Protected Free Speech? To Trademark or Not to Trademark?

There was a new Ruling by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals that stated that the First Amendment Protects the use of the trademark “Slant” by a music band and it is entitled to register the mark.  This in stark … Continue reading

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