The advent of crowdfunding has led to some incredible feats of entrepreneurism—the realization of products, restaurants and services that may have never seen the light of day. It’s also led to one man raising more than $50,000 just to make some potato salad. The thing is, non-serious campaigns—or even serious ones that fail to make good on promises—could face repercussions.
It’s a move that’s been widely praised—Tesla Motors doesn’t care about their profits, they just want to see electric car technology take off, and that’s why they’re opening up their patents. The thing is, they’re also opening themselves up to some major risks. After all, patents exist for a reason.
Navigating the law around non-compete agreements can be a difficult subject.And for those living in Kentucky, that may have become a lot more challenging as the state’s Supreme Court ruled can’t make an employee sign a non-compete just to continue working. While the ruling only applies there, the lesson is that employers should have employees sign non-competes before they start on the job.
LXBN TV: For the First Time, SEC Brings Enforcement Action Under Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Provision
It’s always interesting when a regulatory body does something for the first time, because you’re not exactly sure what we’ll happen next. Well, that’s not quite right, because you do—there will be challenges. And that’s what will happen after the SEC brought its first enforcement action under the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-relation provisions.
LXBN TV: Supreme Court Makes the Right Call in Deeming Warrantless Cell Phone Searches Unconstitutional
Recently, the Supreme Court justices have taken quite a beating when it comes to their technical aptitude. “How can they be expected to weight issues at the bleeding edge of law and technology,” it’s been asked, “when they don’t even understand the basics of how some stuff works?” Well, some of the justices may or not may know how to use a smartphone, but they made the right decision in a key ruling on them.
When you look around, it’s difficult to find anything but negative and dramatic reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling that, when citing religious reasons, closely-held businesses do not have to abide by the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. But upon closer inspection, maybe there’s something more to Burwell v. Hobby Lobby—that perhaps it’s a nuanced and limited decision that doesn’t spell doom?
The NLRB v. Noel Canning case is one many in the employment law community have had their eye on for a very long time. Though the NLRB has since figured out its authority issues, the impact of whether or not President Obama’s recess appointments to the Board were legal was still plenty large.
We’ve talked about it before on LXBN TV: widespread use of drones is right around the corner. But for as many uses as these drones stand to have, not all of them are good—and that includes the potential threat they could pose to the threat of trade secrets.
In one of the biggest Supreme Court cases this term, the justices ruled against the internet streaming startup and stated that it had violated copyright law by streaming broadcasters’ content without permission. In the leadup to this case, some had argued that a ruling for broadcasters could spell doom for innovation in the television industry. But is that really the case?
LXBN TV: Why It’s Highly Unlikely the IRS Simply Lost Emails Central to Investigation of Tea Party Auditing
The story around the IRS supposedly losing emails key to the investigation of their targeting of the Tea Party is getting more and more attention everyday—and rightfully so. The song they’re singing, that a simple computer crash led to the loss of those emails, is hard to believe.