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Amazon sues bot-making companies for unfair trade practices

Amazon operates the largest online marketplace in the United States. You have probably heard of owner Jeff Bezos' various commercial adventures, including most famously, Blue Origins, the rocket company. But what you may not know is that Amazon is looking to compete in the online streaming industry. In pursuit of that goal, Amazon purchased Twitch, one of the largest streaming sites.

Property Management 101

Property management is not an easy business to break into. There are numerous business and landlord laws that you must comply with. The laws are different depending upon if you are dealing with commercial or residential tenants. Depending on the state you live in, you might be subjected to numerous tenant protections. Here are a few tips to guide you through the process to ensure that you are covered during every exchange. Just keep in mind that if it "feels" wrong, then something probably went wrong and you may need to go over it with an attorney.

The future of the real estate franchise

Every two years, the REALTOR Magazine reaches out the major real estate franchises that operate in the U.S. and asks them to complete a questionnaire. It then studies and combines this information into a biennial report. Many of the surveyed companies believe that the franchise market is on the cusp of great change. Several of the larger companies believe that their shrinking operations are a sign of future developments. This post will summarize some of those findings and their predictions for the future of the real estate franchise market.

An overview of the types of construction defects

A construction defect means that a building was improperly built and as a result fails to meet the specifications spelled out in the contract. The defect could be the result of a number of reasons including substandard materials, improper grading or even just shoddy construction. The nature of the defect determines who you can sue and for what. Most defects will leave structural impacts on the building, like improperly working utilities or structural integrity problems.

"Construction defect" is a very broad term. It can include many different types of defects including design, furnishes, planning, inspection and construction. Here is a list some of the most common defects:

Three things to know about settlement conferences

No matter how sound you may believe your legal position is in the midst of a lawsuit, litigation still costs money. Unfortunately, some entities may realize this and still will take steps to advance a suit believing that if you spend enough money (commonly in discovery), you will cut your losses and settle.

Fortunately, courts may realize the injustice in continuing with protracted litigation when one (or both) parties are burning money simply to reach a foregone conclusion through litigation. Because of this, settlement conferences are part of a court's trial order.

The basics of protecting trade secrets

Arguably the most important step a new enterprise must take in being competitive is to protect the unique aspects of its products and services. After all, standing out from the competition is what makes small businesses special...and profitable. To do this, a business must steadfastly guard its secrets; its trade secrets.

 This post will briefly describe what a trade secret is and offer some basic tips businesses can follow to  protect them.

Why your company should have a litigation readiness plan

Ideally, relationships between employers and employees will be productive and respectful, which will lead to a company being profitable and prosperous. However, there may be instances where the relationship may be compromised by an employee's actions; either because a supervisor acts inappropriately towards a subordinate, or the employee develops a vendetta against the company.  

When an employee's conduct becomes troubling and detrimental to a company's success, an employer may be justified in taking action. Some employers have a system of discipline involving suspensions or pay reductions. If an employee's conduct continues, he or she may be terminated. 

Resolving Disputes Online

Technology has rapidly changed how companies conduct business. They store more records, operate more efficiently and telecommute like never before. It looks like technology and specifically the Internet, is starting to change how companies settle their disputes. Litigation can be incredibly draining on a business and many companies budget for $1 million a year or more just to manage business disputes.

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