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The Importance of Registering a Trademark for your Business

While the presence of trademarks in everyday life is not so obvious, we see them all the time. Whether we purchase snacks from a vending machine, walk through a mall, or watch the latest sports match up of our favorite teams, trademarks are well integrated with today’s commercial spaces. Businesses benefit from trademarks by being […]

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Product Design and Product Packaging Trade Dress

Trade dress generally refers to the protection of a product or a product’s packaging visual elements. Like trademarks, trade dress is legally protected by the Lanham Act, which was created to help protect businesses and consumers from imitation products. Trade dress can include how a product is promoted in a retail store front, how a […]

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Pregnancy Discrimination and Retaliation

In recent news an $848,000 award for pregnancy discrimination was just upheld in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. This award was granted to a graduate student in the School of Social Work at Wayne State University, Ms. Tina Varlesi, who after her first year of study became pregnant and was thereafter […]

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Direct and Derivative Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims By Creditors

The success of breach of fiduciary duty claims brought by creditors against an insolvent business relies heavily upon the structure of the insolvent business’s organization. As a corporation, a business can be at risk for breach of fiduciary duty claims brought by creditors when a corporation becomes insolvent. See Quadrant Structured Prods Co v. Vertin, […]

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Forming Your Business As A Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Forming your business as a Limited Liability Company (“LLC”) has many advantages.  In addition to limiting the personal liability of its members, an LLC allows for pass-through taxation and flexibility regarding the operation and formation of your business.  Additionally, under the Michigan Limited Liability Company Act (the “Act,” MCL 450.4101>et seq.) formation of an LLC […]

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How Do You File a Racial Discrimination Lawsuit in Michigan?

Many people do not realize that if you are the victim of racial discrimination you cannot simply hire a lawyer and file a lawsuit in Federal Court the following day. Filing a Federal lawsuit for racial discrimination is more complicated than other civil injury claims, such as car accidents or assault. Largely, this stems from […]

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Importance of Registering a Copyright

Businesses often use words, phrases, and images, i.e., their “marks”, associated with their goods and services, particularly in advertising, labeling and branding in connection with their products and services.  There are several benefits for businesses in registering their “marks” under the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. §§ 101, et seq. (the “Copyright Act”), including […]

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Rules Regarding Pregnancy Discrimination In Michigan

  Did you know that it is unlawful for any employer in the State of Michigan to discriminate against you because you are pregnant, you intend to become pregnant in the future, you were pregnant in the past, or because you have a medical condition related to pregnancy? Furthermore, if you are a nursing mother […]

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Back to the Basics: Defending Against Employment-Related Claims

If you are the owner of a small or midsized company, in addition to navigating the latest technology and marketplace of your particular business, you need to navigate the pitfalls and dangers pertaining to employment law, disability law, injury law and other employment defense issues. Employment Protection Laws Today’s Michigan business owners need to be […]

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Understanding Minority Shareholder Oppression Claims

Majority shareholders in the State of Michigan need to be careful that their actions do not unfairly prejudice fellow minority shareholders. The state of Michigan has enacted a Minority Shareholder Oppression Statute which empowers minority shareholders with rights and corporate leverage it previously did not possess. These minority rights appear to be prevalent more in […]

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