Fixed Fee Legal

Fixed Fee Legal: How general counsels are creating value beyond the billable hour We all know that the business of law is changing. Since the economic decline of 2008, firms nationwide have had to find new ways to control costs and drive value. In this environment, fixed fee legal arrangements have become a key player. […]

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Securities – Revenue Capital Investing

Securities Law – Revenue Capital Investing Many companies in need of growth capital have grown beyond the traditional equity investment phase, but are still not the correct bank-profile fit for straight debt. In addition, some companies are not prime exit-scenario candidates, which can also limit their ability to raise venture funding. Similarly, some investors prefer to […]

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Voltage Pictures Lawsuit & BitTorrent Infringement

Voltage Pictures Lawsuit & BitTorrent Infringement This post is an updated version (UPDATED 4/24/14) from the previous post Copyright Scheme. In 2013, several copyright infringement suits were filed in the Federal District Court of Oregon, alleging that defendants downloaded copyrighted films using a technology called BitTorrent. Two such noteworthy cases are Elf-Man LLC v. Does […]

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What is Indemnification?

Our clients often ask, “What is indemnification?” An indemnification provision is one of the most common and frequently used provisions when negotiating any type of contract, and yet the parties to a contract often don’t understand the meaning. Indemnity is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as “a duty to make good any loss, damage, or […]

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What is a security?

You probably already know that the sale of “securities” triggers legal risks and compliance obligations, but many entrepreneurs and business owners are a little fuzzy on the precise definition of a “security.” Most know that any sale of corporate stock counts as the sale of securities, but the statutory definition is actually much broader. The […]

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How do I keep former employees from competing against me?

How do I keep former employees from competing against me? After investing the time and money that it takes to launch a new, successful business, it is not surprising that many companies seek to protect their confidential information and general know-how. By signing a simple non-competition agreement (or “non-compete”) with employees or contractors, a company […]

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Is my Worker an Independent Contractor or an Employee?

Is my Worker an Independent Contractor or an Employee? For every business owner, large and small, knowing the difference between an independent contractor and employee is an important one. It is particularly important because, even though it is not always clear, the financial consequences of mistaking a contractor for an employee could be dire (taxes, […]

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