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What is cybersquatting?

The internet has brought forth some amazing new inventions and changed the world for many people -- it's also responsible for a whole slew of new worries for business owners.

Cybersquatting is one of them. Cybersquatters spend their time looking for website domains that have potential value simply because they sound like something that would be associated with a famous company or person.

How an attorney can help with an easement taken by eminent domain

What happens when you receive a letter from the government informing you that it intends to take an easement through your property via eminent domain?

Eminent domain is a controversial legal maneuver, but it generally allows the government to take private property whenever it is necessary for the public's benefit. Owners who are deprived of their property rights do have to be compensated, but that doesn't really take the sting out of being told that you have no choice but to surrender access to your land.

Creating successful tech industry partnerships

Partnerships across all industries are extremely common. This is no different in the tech industry where technological advances in the past forty years have completely altered the workforce. While the tools of business may have changed, Executive Vice-President, Chief Strategy and Growth Office at PayPay, Jonathan Auerbach, says, success still comes down to the people behind the tools.

“To maximize the opportunities presented by the digital economy, while also keeping up with customer patterns that can change seemingly overnight, will require a fundamental shift in strategy. To prepare our businesses for the next wave of transformation and opportunity and to produce innovations that can be scaled, we need to work in partnership.”

Know the legal issues with crowdfunding your business

Crowdfunding is a relatively new way for entrepreneurs to leverage the internet's power to fund their projects or bring a new product to market.

It's hard to see any drawbacks to an idea that can allow dozens or hundreds of generous supporters to help you make your dreams a reality, but there are some potential legal issues with crowdfunding you need to recognize before you start that Kickstarter campaign.

How does an easement affect your property?

One of the biggest problems you can run into when you're buying a piece of property is finding out that it has an easement or two on it. If that easement isn't something you're aware of before you commit to the purchase, it could ruin your plans for the place.

An easement gives someone the legal right to use another person's property in a specific way. For example, one type of easement is called a "right-of-way." If you buy a property that gives your neighbor the right-of-way to cut across the back of your property on his or her way to the public beach nearby, that's an easement.

Motel 6 agrees to settle suit involving consumer discrimination

Motel 6, the national hotel chain that provides convenient, low-cost respite to a lot of weary travelers, has reached a yet-to-be-finalized agreement in an Arizona lawsuit regarding violations of the state's consumer protection statutes. The chain still faces a similar lawsuit in Washington.

According to news reports about the case, the management of two Motel 6 establishments in Phoenix engaged in blatant discrimination against Latino customers. The managers provided Immigration and Custom Enforcement officers with the identifying information and location of its Latino guests without a warrant.

What is landlord harassment?

Landlord harassment is illegal, so it's important for both landlords and tenants to recognize the boundaries on acceptable behavior when there's a dispute between them.

Landlord harassment usually happens when a landlord feels like he or she can't keep waiting on something to happen. The harassment is usually designed to pressure the tenant into compliance. Often, the landlord's goal is to make the tenant simply move out. The landlord may hope to raise the rents, replace a less-desirable tenant with a more attractive one (especially in commercial spaces, where some tenants can serve as lures for others), or simply be biased against a tenant's race, religion, gender, disability or national origin (among other things).

Trademarks and unsuitable content: What you need to know

The end of your trademark application or protection can sometimes come from an unexpected source -- it's content.

Under the Lanham Trademark Act, attempts to establish or retain a trademark that is somehow offensive or unsuitable to the public are doomed to failure. However, exactly what that means can vary not only from decade to decade but from individual to individual.

NASA selects six Arizona small businesses for awards

NASA awarded over 300 small businesses with funding for research and technology transfer. Six out of the 348 businesses hailed from Arizona – receiving a total of seven awards.

Over $43.5 million was distributed to businesses across the United States through the Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contracts. The funding supports projects that promise to benefit NASA’s mission and the economy.

The rights of renters who suffer domestic violence

The victims of domestic violence face a lot of hardships -- including some centered around their ability to find safe housing.

If you're a victim of violence, make sure that you understand your rights when it comes to being a renter. While landlords probably don't intentionally set out to make things harder for the victims of violence, confusion about the law can sometimes have that result.

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