Business Law

Q&A: Crowdfunding

by John Rake Q: How can crowdfunding help my business?  A: Crowdfunding is a method of raising capital through a large number of small contributions from the general public using the internet. Currently, entrepreneurs use crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter.com to...

Q&A: Exporting Goods Internationally

by Pete Simons Q: My company is planning to start exporting goods internationally. What are the legal considerations? A: 1) Determine if your products or services fall under Export Administration Regulations or International Traffic in Arms Regulations. 2) Screen your...

Closely-Held Business Alert: Health Care Reform

ALERT: HEALTH CARE REFORM Navigating the Effects on Your Business Now that the dust has settled around the constitutionality of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, it is time for business owners to focus energy on evaluating the impact of—and...

Q&A: Cloud Computing – Choosing a Vendor

by John Rake Q: I am a business owner who believes “cloud computing” may save me money on IT needs. What legal considerations are important in choosing a vendor? A: There are several legal considerations, including, but not limited to:...

Q&A: Social Media Policies

by Sharon Rudnick Q: Can I institute a policy addressing what employees can say about my business on Facebook? A: Yes. However, the policy must be specific enough to avoid interfering with employees’ rights under the NLRA to engage in...

Q&A: Minority Shareholder Cannot Prevent Sale of Company

by Susan Marmaduke Q:  My sisters and I own our family business, which is an Oregon corporation. The four of us each own 25% of the shares in the company. My sisters want to sell the company. Our shareholder agreement...

Closely-Held Business Alert: April 30 Deadline Postponed

ALERT: APRIL 30 DEADLINE POSTPONED The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has enjoined the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from implementing its notice-posting rule. The Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the validity of the...

Closely-Held Business Alert: April 30 Deadline for Notice Posting Rule

ALERT: APRIL 30 DEADLINE Deadline For Private Employers To Comply With Notice Posting Rule The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently published a rule requiring all private sector employers subject to the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the jurisdiction...

Q&A: Driver at Fault Filed for Bankruptcy

by Andrea Coit Q: I was in an accident and filed a lawsuit against the driver at fault.  He has now filed bankruptcy.  Is my claim lost? A: Probably not. Filing bankruptcy does impose an automatic stay on all lawsuits...

Health Care Law Alert: CMS Issues Proposed Rule to Implement 60-Day Return of Identified Overpayments

HEALTH CARE LAW ALERT CMS Issues Proposed Rule to Implement 60-Day Return of Identified Overpayments The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule regarding Medicare providers’ and suppliers’ obligation to timely report and return overpayments. The...