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Target’s Data Breach

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According to a U.S. News & World Report article, as the year 2014 started, there were over 317 million people living in the United States. Based on a January update by Target regarding the data breach, a good number of us shopped at Target recently. “As part of Target’s ongoing forensic investigation, it has been […]

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Written by Lisa Johnson, Esq.

March 14th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Don’t Take a Bite Out of the Cronut® Name

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In May of 2013, Chef Dominique Ansel introduced the Cronut, a croissant-donut pastry, to customers at his eatery, the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York. The dessert has been so revered since then that customers line up around the block every single morning outside of the bakery, sometimes arriving before 7 a.m. in order to […]

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Written by Kylie Jane Wakefield

March 11th, 2014 at 8:09 am

Family of New York Dolls Guitarist Battle Over Estate

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      In life, rocker Johnny Thunders was an example of all things rock ‘n roll, but in death, his story is emblematic of what inadequate estate planning—no matter how small—could do to a family. The New York Dolls member died in 1991 at age 38 of what many believe was a drug overdose […]

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Written by Phil Corso

March 7th, 2014 at 1:34 am

Government Shutdown Impact on Small Business Loans

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It wasn’t the owner of your favorite local mom-and-pop shop who decided to shut down the United States government in October, but they were the ones who paid the price in the end. Small business lending took a serious hit as a result of this year’s government shutdown, according to the Biz2Credit Small Business Lending […]

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What’s Trending Now in Small Business

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Last year, small business owners and entrepreneurs had to pay more attention to technology, the Internet, and mobile than ever before. If they weren’t executing content marketing campaigns online, optimizing their marketing and sales through mobile, or setting up security systems to combat cyber attacks, they would be left in the dust. The following are […]

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Written by Kylie Jane Wakefield

March 3rd, 2014 at 3:15 pm

3D Printing & A Duck’s Left Foot

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If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it just might be a duck named Buttercup that has a 3D printed foot. Over the last year, you may have noticed an increasing amount of news about 3D printing. It’s rather confusing to think about initially, but a recent LegalZoom article about the […]

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Written by Lisa Johnson, Esq.

February 24th, 2014 at 8:10 am

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Copyright & Tweeting Your Images

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Daniel Morel was born in Haiti in 1951. As a young child he already knew that wanted to become a photographer, because he thought it would teach him to be fearless. For decades, his award-winning photographs have captured the culture and history of Haiti. During the January 2010 earthquake, Morel captured images of the destruction […]

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Written by Lisa Johnson, Esq.

February 12th, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Bill Would Prevent Employers From Using Credit Checks in Hiring

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Too often in the United States, potential employees aren’t hired for positions because of a bad credit score. But some lawmakers are hoping to curb this practice with a new bill. Senator Elizabeth Warren, along with six of her colleagues, introduced a bill last December that “would prevent employers from using credit checks in the […]

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Written by Kylie Jane Wakefield

February 4th, 2014 at 8:28 am

How Enforceable Is a “No Overnight Guests” Clause in a Lease?

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Signed a year lease (generic form), because of options and time crunch (closing of home vs. finding an apartment who accepts pets). Landlord’s daughter had handwritten on the lease that I cannot have any overnight guests. Please tell me how enforceable by the landlord this is (I’m a 45-year-old woman, not a teenie-bopper). If my […]

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Written by Johanna

February 3rd, 2014 at 2:59 pm

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House Passes Anti-Troll Legislation

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You may have noticed an increase in the mention of patent trolls in the news and the negative impact that they often have on small businesses. A recent LegalZoom article discussed some of the issues. “A Patent Assertion Entity (PAE), also known as a “patent troll,” is an individual or company that acquires patent rights […]

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Written by Lisa Johnson, Esq.

January 29th, 2014 at 1:06 pm