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Don’t Copy Web Site Terms of Use Policies

Jonathan Frieden of the E-Commerce Law Blog offers some excellent advice that companies should refrain from copying another company’s Web site terms of use policy.  Jonathan says that even sophisticated companies are tempted to reduce legal expenses by copying such policies. Iowa intellectual property attorney Brett Trout has also offered the same advice.  As Brett pointed out in … Continue Reading

Courthouse Floods are Real in Iowa

Throughout the country critics complain that courthouses are flooded with lawsuits.  In Iowa our courthouses are flooded – literally. Be sure to check out these AMAZING aerial photos of the flooding in Cedar Rapids, Iowa  including the local courthouse.  Cedar Rapids even has its own version of Alacatraz (better known as the Linn County Jail). After 1993, I … Continue Reading

Business Purchase Offer: Time to Seek Legal Advice is Before Signing Offer

I am frequently involved with the purchase and/or sale of a business.  Often the purchaser discovers the business through a business broker.  In the Des Moines area, it seems as though several of the business brokers convince prospective buyers to make an offer before seeking legal advice or reviewing the basic terms before the offer is signed. (i.e. price, financing terms, … Continue Reading

Notify Insurers Immediately About Claims

In a recent blog post, Daniel Schwartz of the Connecticut Employment Law Blog reminds employers just how important it is to notify insurers under their employment practices liability insurance. This advice is not just critical in the employment context.  It is vital for every type of insurance your business may have.  If a claim occurs … Continue Reading

Iowa Secretary of State Corporate Biennial Reports Due Today

It’s no April Fool’s joke, the Iowa Secretary of State corporate biennial reports are due today, April 1, 2008.  If you have not filed your report be sure to do so today.  In Iowa, limited liability companies are also required to file the report.  If you file online the cost is $30.00 for the filing … Continue Reading
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