Evaluating prospective long-term supply partners

Jan 13, 2015 By: Alan Gutterman

While a company may have a definite idea about the specific benefits that it is looking to achieve in establishing a long-term supply relationship, the ultimate success of the arrangement will depend on the chosen supplier and its performance under the contract

New California Law Increases Potential Legal Risks of Obtaining Temporary Employees from Staffing Agencies

Jan 8, 2015 By: Alan Gutterman

A new California law applicable to most companies in that state with 25 or more employees explicitly makes companies jointly liable with staffing agencies for violations of wage, safety and workers’ compensation laws.

SEC Provides Guidance on Complying with Rule 147 in Crowdfunding Transactions

Jan 6, 2015 By: Alan Gutterman

The SEC has attempted to address how to structure crowdfunding transactions in a single state so as to take advantage of the safe harbor offered by the Rule

A primer on domain name selection and protection

Jan 1, 2015 By: Alan Gutterman

A domain name is an Internet address that can be used to send and receive information in the online environment.

Supreme Court issues new guidance on software patents

Dec 30, 2014 By: Alan Gutterman

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank addressed the process that patent examiners should follow when confronted with business methods and software applications

Employee training programs on trade secret protection

Dec 25, 2014 By: Alan Gutterman

Each company’ should organize and conduct regular training programs to indoctrinate new employees on the company’s trade secret security protection policies

Understanding the options for structuring limited liability company operating agreements

Dec 23, 2014 By: Alan Gutterman

The real “nuts and bolts” of the management and operation of the LLC business will be laid out in the LLC operating agreement

Drafting termination letters for use at the end of employment relationship

Dec 18, 2014 By: Alan Gutterman

Special documents may be required when terminating an executive or other key employee

Protections to employees of contractors and subcontractors of public companies

Dec 16, 2014 By: Alan Gutterman

Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act OF 2002 was designed to provide certain protections for corporate “whistleblowers.”

Using risk assessments to identify and mitigate potential liabilities and losses

Dec 11, 2014 By: Alan Gutterman

The November 2014 Business Counselor Update also includes a new chapter covering the design and execution of risk assessments, which is another important element of any client’s overall governance program