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SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Google in Copyright Dispute

In a 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in favor of Google in its multi-billion dollar copyright lawsuit with Oracle. The lawsuit involves a dispute over code used for Google’s Android operating system, in which Oracle alleged Google had illegally copied its own code. However, the Supreme Court found that Google’s use of Oracle’s code fit under the “fair use” exception of copyright law, protecting it from any copyright claims. Continue reading “SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Google in Copyright Dispute”

Dietary Supplement Manufacturer Pays $53 Million for Deceptive Marketing

In what has been described as the largest class action settlement against a dietary supplement company, Reckitt Benckiser LLC has agreed to pay $53 million for deceptive marketing related to one of its products. The dietary supplement industry as a whole has seen increased scrutiny over the past decade, due to controversy over claims made about the health benefits they provide. The settlement shows that manufacturers of dietary supplements may need to be more careful about their advertising, or else face future deceptive marketing claims. Continue reading “Dietary Supplement Manufacturer Pays $53 Million for Deceptive Marketing”

Five Things You Should Know About Equitable Distribution

In any divorce, the distribution of marital property is almost inevitably a source of major conflict. That said, many people go into a divorce without understanding the process of equitable distribution, which is how marital property gets divided by the courts. Here are five things you should know about equitable distribution if you are getting a divorce, or planning on getting a divorce: Continue reading “Five Things You Should Know About Equitable Distribution”

Five Reasons to Make Sure You Have a Power of Attorney

A power of attorney can be very important for your estate plan.
Consider the benefits of a power of attorney.

A Power of Attorney is a type of document known as an advance directive, and it is an essential part of any comprehensive estate plan. Far too many people begin planning their estates without a Power of Attorney in place, though, which is an oversight that can become extremely costly later. Here are five reasons you should make sure you have a Power of Attorney in place for yourself as part of your estate plan: Continue reading “Five Reasons to Make Sure You Have a Power of Attorney”

New Law Outlaws Anonymous Shell Companies

The recently passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contained, among other things, a provision known as the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) that will ban anonymous shell companies across the United States. This measure has been long sought after by anti-corruption activists, who consider it to be a major step in fighting money laundering and other shady business practices. Both current and future business owners should be aware of what this new law will require of them and how it may affect their businesses. Continue reading “New Law Outlaws Anonymous Shell Companies”

Five Things to Do When You Are Considering Bankruptcy

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, bankruptcies are up all across the United States. Individuals and businesses alike have struggled due to COVID-19, with many people losing their livelihoods due to the economic impact of the pandemic. If you are one of the people affected by this pandemic, you may have already considered bankruptcy. Before you file for protection, though, there are five things you should do: Continue reading “Five Things to Do When You Are Considering Bankruptcy”

Five Ways COVID-19 Has Affected Businesses

Businesses have struggled to accommodate the changes that have resulted from the coronavirus pandemic. Even with restrictions relaxing somewhat, businesses struggle to keep their workers and their customers safe from infection, while also keeping their businesses afloat. Here are five ways that COVID-19 has affected how businesses carry out their activities: Continue reading “Five Ways COVID-19 Has Affected Businesses”

Why Are So Many People Falling Behind On Their Mortgages?

The rate of missed mortgage payments rose to a high during the coronavirus pandemic that has not been seen since the 2008 housing crisis. With so many people struggling to stay ahead on their mortgages, many mortgage lenders are afraid of what the future may hold. But why are so many mortgagees falling behind on their mortgages, and what can people do about it? Continue reading “Why Are So Many People Falling Behind On Their Mortgages?”

Facebook Faces State and Federal Antitrust Suits

Facebook, the largest social media company in the world, is facing both federal and state antitrust lawsuits for alleged anti-competitive business practices. The lawsuits allege that the social media giant has abused its influence in the market to choke out competition and keep itself dominant in the tech industry. If the lawsuits are successful, it could force the company to divest itself of some of its assets, including other social media platforms it has acquired over time. Continue reading “Facebook Faces State and Federal Antitrust Suits”

Cuomo Proposes Commercial Eviction Moratorium Extension

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a measure that extended the state’s moratorium on commercial evictions through to January 31, 2021. The governor has also publicly proposed extending the eviction moratorium until May 1, similar to an extension that was recently passed for residential evictions. The commercial eviction moratorium is seen by many as a stop-gap measure that fails to address the larger economic concerns felt by many small businesses throughout New York State. Continue reading “Cuomo Proposes Commercial Eviction Moratorium Extension”