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How the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) Affects You

This article is the first in a series of articles that will be written on Internet Privacy Policies. This article is intended to succinctly communicate the important legal issues of CalOPPA. The purpose of this article is simple – to notify website owners of whether they should be CalOPPA compliant. What is CalOPPA? The California […]

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The Ultimate Startup Checklist

Startup Checklist

By combing the Interwebs, poring through my personal library, and applying my own experience in working with more than 100 startups, I’ve compiled this checklist of 25 items to review and consider as you launch your startup. I hope you find it useful. Decide whether starting a business is right for you and what kind […]

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Social Media and Confidentiality Clauses

Recently read an article about a teenager whose Facebook status update cost her father the $80,000 settlement he won in an age-discrimination lawsuit. The facts are simple. Father signed an agreement for an $80,000 settlement in an age-discrimination case. The daughter bragged about the award on Facebook. The employer sued to get the settlement award […]

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An Analogy on Negotiation

I volunteer as a Guardian Ad Litem with the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center. Basically, what this means is that when there is an incident of alleged domestic violence that involves a restraining order and there are children included in the order, I investigate what’s happened to ensure that the children’s rights are protected. Sometimes, […]

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Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine: When Your Employer Can Keep You from Working for a Competitor

Most people have heard of non-compete agreements. But there’s another scenario where an employer can keep you from working for a competitor, even in the absence of a prior agreement: the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine. Three tests must be met for a court to invoke the doctrine. 1) You must possess trade secrets that you do […]

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To Non-Compete or Not to Non-Compete: What Was the Question?

The question is, “should I have a non-compete agreement with my employees?” If you’re asking, the answer is almost certainly yes. A non-compete agreement is a contract (or, perhaps more simply, a clause within an employment contract) between an employee and an employer, where the employee agrees not to enter into competition with the employer […]

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The most expensive legal documents

The most expensive legal documents are the ones you never knew you needed until it was too late. For one example, filing a timely 83(b) election can be the difference between paying no taxes on an appreciating ownership interest in a startup and paying hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time when you don’t […]

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