When it comes to year-end planning, what’s the one thing most small business owners don’t do but should? That’s the question we put to writers on JD Supra, knowing …
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Last night, I had the pleasure of joining Meetup.com GC David Pashman's NYU Law class on Internet and Business Law for Technology Companies as a guest speaker. Over the course of the past semester, David’s students have played the role of internet company General Counsel, working on a…
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Whether they rely on in-house attorneys or outside counsel, startups need some pretty specific things from their lawyers, says Debbie Rosenbaum, corporate counsel at cloud-based software startup ThisMoment, who has been sharing her insights with us in our In-House Perspectives series.
Debbie offers useful insight on how – and why – legal process does not need to run contrary to innovation in a startup. For example:
Help Get It Done:
- Nothing makes the marketing folks or the sales team more frustrated than when legal says “no” to a great idea. In fact, saying “no” is the surefire way to ensure that they do not run plans by you in the future.’
Focus Your Expertise
- It is no longer helpful to be a lawyer in “technology”. Focus your consulting – in-house counsel need experts who can assist us with specific questions. We do not need services that are a mile-wide and an inch deep.
Understand Your Audience
- Being able to break down the importance of “termination for convenience” to a salesperson or software-as-a-service to a traditional attorney is not only appreciated by individuals who are trying to get a deal done in their non-native language, but also demonstrates a fluency of concepts that is appreciated by various stakeholders.
- Your peers have no time for legal memos or long-winded explanations. Lead with your answer, provide some reasoning, and call it a day. More contentious issues will obviously require more thoroughly reasoned arguments, but those will often be around a boardroom table, and will not happen through written memoranda.
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The suit alleges that 23andMe “falsely and misleadingly advertises their Saliva Collection Kit/Personal Genome Service (“PGS”) as providing “health reports on 240+ conditions and traits,” “drug response,” “carrier status,” among other things, despite the fact that “there is no analytic or clinical validation of the PGS for its advertised uses.” The asserted facts supporting these allegations are taken, frequently as direct quotes, from the FDA’s Warning Letter.
Many of us have social media accounts and some even have a personal website. Each application requires a username and password. Who will keep track of all of your accounts in the event that something happens to you?
Attorneys Sarah Butters and David Shayne of Holland & Knight on why you need a digital account plan to protect your legacy.
[C]ities may prohibit cultivation of all marijuana within their limits, including cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes.
Now, as the movement to reform the nation’s immigration laws seems to have stalled after months of inactivity, President Obama has announced that he would be open to reform in a piecemeal approach rather than the comprehensive overhaul that he originally sought. Speaker Boehner praised the President’s proposal, responding that his colleagues are also pursuing single-issue immigration bills.
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…more than 75% of annual online sales occur in the 4 weeks between black Friday and the weekend before Christmas. Therefore, the hackers, scammers and spammers will be working overtime.
—- Attorney Cynthia Larose of Mintz Levin in As Black Friday approaches — 6 things you should think about when shopping online…..
This may be the only legal update you’ll read in rhyme. And it’s good.
The social sphere is buzzing with news that startup GoldieBlox has sued the Beastie Boys, hoping to get a judgement from the courts that the use of the song ‘Girls’ is fair use in this ad:
Here’s a copy of the court filing FYI:
And here, for the total fun of it, is a take on the lawsuit from Sarah Feingold, lawyer at Etsy. Yup, this legal rap rhymes. In the style of ‘Girls’
Girls, copyright infringement, it’s girls?
Or is the use parody, girls?
Lawyers argue over girls?
Who should win in the case of Girls?
Every new generation has been frustrating for managers of previous generations. Even Socrates bitched back in the day that “[t]he children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders…” Rather than complaining like Socrates, you might wish to follow these suggestions for effectively managing Millennials…
Attorney Ben Gipson of DLA Piper with five tips for managing Millenials effectively»
The consent order alleges that the lender and an online lending subsidiary made hundreds of payday loans to active duty military members or dependents in violation of the Military Lending Act, and that call center training deficiencies have allowed additional loans to be originated to spouses of active-duty members.
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The “data exhaust” generated by our use of technology is being mined in all sorts of ways. Fascinating-if-creepy advances in the field of predictive analytics in the consumer realm, flowing from Big Data, ensure that companies will be able anticipate many of our moves both online and in the physical world, both in the aggregate and—more troublingly—on an individual basis.