Protecting Your Brand Online: Is a Bad Review Defamation?

Following my previous article about online defamation, business owners frequently ask me whether they can “sue” Facebook or Yelp or Google, etc., to get a negative review of their business removed. Or whether they can “sue” the poster for “reputation damages.” This article addresses these questions, and is a more in-depth look at the elements…

5 Legal Tips for Business Owners Weathering the Coronavirus Disruption

There is no doubt you are distracted by this coronavirus outbreak. Constant news alerts, supply shortages, government-mandated closures and cancellations make it all but impossible to also run your business. However, remember that your lawyers are available to assist you. For example, if you have questions about obligations to your employees, insurance coverage questions, contract…

4 Must Have Legal Documents for New Business Owners

Whether you are a one-man computer whiz coding the next blockbuster iPhone app, or a five-employee manufacturer making parts for a Tier 1 auto supplier, you need basic corporate forms to protect your assets and investments. A limited liability company (or LLC) is the preferred way to organize and obtain this protection. Plus, if you…

Non-Compete vs. Non-Solicitation: Key Differences that Every Employer Must Know

No matter what industry you are in, you have probably encountered non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. In Michigan, standard pre-employment paperwork often contains obligations for the employee not to compete with the employer (non-compete) and not to solicit the employers existing customers or other employees (non-solicitation). Although these obligations may be in the same boilerplate paragraph…

Starting a Business? Choose Your Organizational Structure!

Every business owner needs to incorporate. Forget about sole proprietorships or a partnership — running your business without formally organizing is like driving without insurance: You will be OK so long as you don’t get into an accident. But when someone rear-ends you, you will be in dire financial straits regardless of who caused the…

5 Often-Overlooked Essentials When Selling Your Business

You finally got that phone call from the California venture capital firm that wants to buy your  start-up for a couple of million dollars. You are eager to sell and use that money to pursue other projects and passions. The attorneys and accountants have been retained, and the Asset Purchase Agreement has been drafted.  But…