Posts tagged “TechLaw”
A federal jury in San Francisco has reached an impasse on a key issue in Oracle's copyright-infringement case against Google, handing the database-software company a major setback.
TechLaw: The North Carolina Business Court has recently issued an opinion suggesting that, in most cases, an employer's claim for breach of a former employee's noncompetition agreement will be the employer's only possible remedy. North Carolina employers need to be aware of this limitation and take proper steps to ensure that they are able to fully protect their rights.
TechLaw: The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act was signed into law on September 16, 2011, amid much fanfare. The recently proposed fees authorized by Section 10 of this Act, however, have generated more shock than fanfare.
TechLaw: My business received a demand letter from a bankruptcy trustee for a bankrupt customer asking me to return payments I received for goods and services provided to the customer. Do I have to return the payments?
Taxpayers have one more chance to avoid trouble: IRS announces new offshore voluntary disclosure program
TechLaw: In January, the IRS announced a new Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program for taxpayers with undisclosed foreign assets. The IRS warns taxpayers to come forward or risk facing severe penalties and criminal prosecution.
TechLaw: Much like tracing a comet's tail will eventually lead one's eyes to the comet, metadata are bits of information that can be traced to a piece of electronically stored information. These bits and pieces of hidden data used to be largely ignored, but they are now discoverable during litigation under North Carolina law. Business owners should plan accordingly.
TechLaw: Just weeks ago, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with Facebook over allegedly unfair privacy practices. The Facebook(r) matter presents a lesson about important but often overlooked website privacy law that your company should consider if it has a website.
TechLaw: All individual taxpayers have a window of opportunity for passing their assets to family members or other individuals with less gift tax than ever under current tax law. But this window is more than "half-way shut." So, immediate action is necessary to take advantage of this opportunity.
TechLaw: A conservation easement may protect natural resources for future generations, while affording you substantial property, income, and estate tax savings and, at the same time, allowing you to retain title and the right to use your land for many purposes.
TechLaw: The Obama Administration has been talking a lot about "fairness" these days. President Obama has identified this time in history as a "make or break moment for the middle class," and he has made clear that his intent is to "level the playing field" in America. So what does this have to do with your independent contractors?
TechLaw: A county's zoning ordinance prohibits cell phone towers that are over 100 feet tall. The zoning ordinance, however, allows other structures (including other types of towers) to exceed 100 feet in height. Are there any constitutional protections that can be invoked to challenge this prohibition that seems arbitrary on its face?
TechLaw: Each year, thousands of adolescents in North Carolina find themselves the victims of "cyber-bullying." North Carolina addressed this controversial issue with the passage of § 14 458.1 of the North Carolina General Statutes.
TechLaw: Nonprofit corporations, including property owners' associations, are generally intended to "do good." But, more often than necessary, they foster "bad feelings" among their members because of ill-informed document inspection policies.
TechLaw: A new North Carolina law provides that business contract terms allowing recovery of attorneys' fees are enforceable if they apply to all contracting parties and are "signed by hand." Attorneys' fee awards under this law will be very unpredictable.