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Posts tagged “TechLaw”

September 17, 2014

Premium Lock Does your property owners association need workers' compensation insurance? Yes!

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act requires all employers with three or more employees to carry workers' compensation insurance. Your non-profit owners association, for either your residence or your commercial property, may not carry such insurance because its board thinks it's not an employer when, in fact, it is.

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September 3, 2014

Premium Lock A general bankruptcy primer: What happens when your customers file?

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Bankruptcy filings are common in America today. If your customers file bankruptcy, do you know what collection efforts you can and, perhaps more importantly, cannot undertake?

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August 20, 2014

Premium Lock So I hired a felon: An update on the law of negligent hiring

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Negligent hiring is a hit, but mostly a miss, claim for relief that has evolved in the domain of employment law.

August 6, 2014

Premium Lock Medicare - How can it affect my personal injury settlement?

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Medicare recipients who have personal injury claims need to be aware that, by law, they will have to repay Medicare for any payments made as a result of the injury from any judgment or settlement they may receive.

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Updated August 1, 2014

Premium Lock VC attorney: Crowdfunding will boost growth - but don't expect 'economic miracle'

Raleigh attorney Jim Verdonik, one of the most experienced and outspoken experts when it comes to the ins-and-outs of startup and emerging company financing, says a crowdfunding bill that could pass at any time in the General Assembly is good news. But don't expect miracles. Plus, he notes, the SEC has yet to implement federal legislation known as the JOBS Act. He calls the delay a "disgrace."

Sample of a GroundFloor real estate deal Sample of a GroundFloor real estate deal

Updated August 1, 2014

Premium Lock Patent troll legislation backed by SAS, tech firms, heads to governor

N.C. flag Local tech companies like Cary's SAS Institute pushed for the measure, saying they were often forced to defend themselves against "non-practicing entities," or NPEs, that are shell companies created for the purpose of holding a patent. Those companies then try to enforce the patent against bigger companies, hoping to extract settlements in lieu of costly litigation.

July 23, 2014

Premium Lock Property exchanges for involuntarily relinquished land

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Income taxes that would otherwise be incurred as a result of the involuntary conveyance or destruction of real property can be deferred to a later date by using the tax-free exchange of property provisions of the federal Internal Revenue Code.

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July 11, 2014

Premium Lock Aereo presses case despite Supreme Court setback

The company is now using the Supreme Court's own language to force broadcasters to treat it just like a cable TV company. In Aereo's view, that means broadcasters must license their signals to Aereo under a 1976 copyright law.

Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia talks tech transformation Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia talks tech transformation

July 9, 2014

Premium Lock NY reaches price limit deal with car service Uber

Uber   The car service Uber has agreed to limit prices during emergencies, natural disasters or other unusual market disruptions consistent with New York's law against price gouging, the company and state attorney general said Tuesday.

July 9, 2014

Premium Lock TechLaw: Dust off your existing trusts

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Rising federal estate tax exemptions are providing you an opportunity to reconsider your existing trusts to determine whether a trust termination may provide an income tax benefit to your trusts' ultimate beneficiaries.

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July 8, 2014

Premium Lock Crowdfunding, patent troll bills still in queue at General Assembly

Great Seal of N.C. Entrepreneurs and businesses are still waiting for final action on what many see as key pieces of legislation in the General Assembly: Crowdfunding for new businesses and legislation to cut down on patent trolls.

July 3, 2014

Premium Lock Cybercrime ring uncovered in Brazil

Network security   A technology security company says it has uncovered a massive cybercrime ring in Brazil that may have stolen billions of dollars from a widely used online payment system.

Updated June 25, 2014

Premium Lock VC attorney: Aereo case will deter investors, not entrepreneurs

Technology startups aren't likely to be scared away from innovation due to Aereo's loss at the Supreme Court, but investors are going to "be more careful," says Jim Verdonik, a veteran attorney who works with venture capitals and startups. Is Uber the next startup headed for a crash?

A screenshot from Aereo A screenshot from Aereo

Updated June 25, 2014

Premium Lock Supreme Court: Aereo a cable company, not hardware provider

The broadcasters told the court, and the majority of the justices agreed, that Aereo's "competitors pay for the rights to retransmit 'live TV' to the public -- as they must to avoid liability for copyright infringement -- while Aereo does not."

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June 25, 2014

Premium Lock Restrictions on employees' post-employment work in N.C.: The balancing of interests

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: "Covenants not to compete," or "non-compete agreements," are gaining in popularity, but they are not without risks to employers.

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June 23, 2014

Premium Lock Juror beware: Lawyers can check your social media pages

Social Media The American Bar Association says lawyers now have a green light to scan the social media sites of jurors, but warns against actively "following" or "friending" jurors or otherwise invading their private Internet areas.

June 11, 2014

Premium Lock EEOC weighs in on discrimination issues related to social media

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Many government agencies are focusing on how employers use information learned from employees' social media posts. The EEOC recently held an important meeting on social media and employment discrimination.

May 28, 2014

Premium Lock The pitfalls of personal guaranties

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: An entrepreneur obtaining a commercial loan for a new business will often be required by the lender to sign a personal guaranty. It is very important to seek legal advice prior to signing one.

Updated May 14, 2014

Premium Lock The basics of responding to a civil subpoena

Ward and Smith, P.A.   Techlaw: Being served with a subpoena to testify in court or provide documents can be intimidating. It is important to comply with a subpoena while making sure you avail yourself of the protections provided by law.

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April 30, 2014

Premium Lock Mitigating the risk of extending trade credit: Taking security from your delinquent customer

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Unless you operate a consumer retail business, you probably sell your goods and services to customers on credit. You may be asked to extend additional credit to a customer that is experiencing a cash-flow problem. If you are asked, what can you do to lessen the potential impact of your customer's failure or bankruptcy?

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