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Posts tagged “TechLaw”

Updated April 1

Premium Lock Triangle startup CEOs passionate in opposition to HB2

Matt Williamson Tech powerhouses such as Google, Apple and IBM expressed their opposition to North Carolina's HB2 quickly and forcefully, but as a Triangle entrepreneur put it, "discrimination like this hurts businesses of all sizes."

April 1

Premium Lock Google GV uncomfortable with investments in NC

Google Google Ventures (GV) has joined other powerhouse tech organizations opposing NC law HB2, which is viewed as discriminating against the LGBT community.

Updated March 8

Premium Lock Verizon fined $1.35 M for use of super cookies that track users

Verizon Wireless Verizon will pay a $1.3 5 million fine assessed by the Federal Communications Commission for using so-called "super cookies" that tracked users online and could not easily be erased.

March 8

Premium Lock Fitbit files countersuit against Raleigh's Valencell

Valencell Fitbit, the wearables company, has filed a counterclaim to the lawsuit Raleigh sensor technology developer Valencll filed in January. The Valenscell suit alleged that fitbit infringed on four of its patents.

Tags: Apple, TechLaw
Updated February 23

Premium Lock Apple v. FBI: A Campbell law professor analyzes the case

Kevin Lee While the government may have the right to compel Apple to help the FBI obtain data from a terrorist's iPhone, Campbell University law professor Kevin Lee calls the case "chilling" and fraught with implications.

Updated January 11

Premium Lock Medfusion (David), Allscripts (Goliath) declare peace - but who won? Anyone?

Medfusion says it has settled its multi-million lawsuit with Allscripts in a legal fight around whether Allscripts paid all the money due the Cary firm under a services contract. But which company prevailed? A top Triangle tech attorney offers his insight - and some lessons.

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December 23, 2015

Premium Lock Drone on - May I see your flight registration please?

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Are you planning to give a drone as a Christmas or holiday gift? If so, you may want to include a note with the gift informing the recipient of the need to register with the federal government before the first flight.

Tags: TechLaw
Updated December 9, 2015

Premium Lock The sticks and stones of Internet libel: What legal recourse do you have if an anonymous Internet poster defames your business?

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Negative and untrue comments about your business may be posted on the Internet without attribution. Here's what you need to know if you are considering legal action against the anonymous Internet posters.

Tags: TechLaw
November 25, 2015

Premium Lock Company-paid personal expenses may be income for determining child support obligations

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: A company may be the owner of an employee's residence, vehicle, cellular phone, and it may also pay other personal expenses so that the employee has a minimum level of income for income tax purposes. But these payments may still be considered income to that employee when the court calculates the employee's child support obligations.

Tags: TechLaw
Updated October 22, 2015

Premium Lock Best holiday tech gifts, making room for HQ Raleigh, Quintiles forms alliance, Senate debates cybersecurity bill

Bulldog In today's Bulldog Update of technology news: Best Buy survey cites best holiday tech gifts; making room for HQ Raleigh; cyber security bill advances in Senate, Quintiles, IMS Health form alliance.

October 14, 2015

Premium Lock Can't find enough cash flow in the stock market? Maybe a "triple-net lease" is your answer

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Are you looking for an investment that produces reasonable cash flows with relatively little active involvement? For many investors, the advantages of investing in real estate associated with a "Triple Net Lease" or "NNN lease" are appealing.

Tags: TechLaw
September 30, 2015

Premium Lock NC Data Centers Act extends tax benefits to multi-tenant facilities

Sentinel Data Centers The new North Carolina Data Centers Act, signed into law Wednesday morning extends the tax benefits available to single owners such as Google, Apple or Amazon to multi-tenant facilities where combined investment reaches $75 million.

Updated September 18, 2015

Premium Lock Atlantic Coast Pipeline could lower energy costs, create jobs

New Duke Energy logo Atlantic Coast Pipeline has formally applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for permission to build a 564-mile interstate natural gas transmission pipeline. Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas are among the four companies that will build and own the pipeline research says would save energy costs and create jobs.

Updated September 15, 2015

Premium Lock North Carolina in top ten for favorable litigation climate

state litigation climate survey North Carolina in the top ten among states viewed as having a favorable litigation environment, coming in at number 7, according to a survey by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. The state's ranking is up from number 13 previously.,

Tags: TechLaw
Updated September 11, 2015

Premium Lock Ignoring risk management endangers firms, study says

CGMA If you don't have formal risk management processes in place, you're putting your business in danger, according to new CGMA report, "Global State of Enterprise Risk Oversight,'" conducted by the Enterprise Risk Management Iniiative at NC State University. It suggests steps to take.

September 2, 2015

Premium Lock So you have a judgment ... Now what?

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Success in court can often lead to the entry of a monetary judgment in your favor. But the judgment itself is only a piece of paper establishing your right to payment. So, how do you collect?

Tags: TechLaw
August 19, 2015

Premium Lock White collars turning blue? Possible impact on employers of proposed revisions to regulations governing overtime pay for 'white collar' workers

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: The Department of Labor has proposed rules to dramatically limit the ability of employers to classify "white collar" employees as exempt from overtime pay requirements.

August 5, 2015

Premium Lock Retention elections: General Assembly creates a new way for voters to elect incumbent justices of NC Supreme Court

Ward and Smith, P.A.   In June, Governor Pat McCrory signed into law new legislation entitled "An Act Allowing Voters to Elect, and Then Retain, Justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court for Election"("Act"). The Act heralds a new day in the election of North Carolina Supreme Court Justices.

Tags: TechLaw
July 24, 2015

Premium Lock Could Twitter stop the next terrorist attack?

Twitter Social media giants including Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Google are pushing back against Senate legislation that would require them to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity, according to industry and government officials.

July 22, 2015

Premium Lock Unpaid Interns: Does the law actually require that they be paid for their work?

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Do you have students and recent graduates eager to learn about your company and industry just to get a leg up for future employment prospects? Did you know that unless you are careful, you may have to pay them even if they are willing to work for free?

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