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August 2012 Archives

Disclosure of Cybersecurity Risks and Cybersecurity Insurance Coverage

A data breach occurs and personal information about your customers is compromised. It can happen to any size business, big or small, and the costs to your business can be significant. Every company stores private information including credit card numbers and social security numbers that are vulnerable to a deliberate cyber incident such as unauthorized access to digital systems for the purpose of misappropriating assets or sensitive computer information, corrupting data or causing operational disruption.

Disclosure of Cybersecurity Risks and Cybersecurity Insurance Coverage

A data breach occurs and personal information about your customers is compromised. It can happen to any size business, big or small, and the costs to your business can be significant. Every company stores private information including credit card numbers and social security numbers that are vulnerable to a deliberate cyber incident such as unauthorized access to digital systems for the purpose of misappropriating assets or sensitive computer information, corrupting data or causing operational disruption.

Connecticut Business Owners May be Liable to Injuries to Patrons

This week, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a decision in DiPietro v. Farmington Sports Arena, LLC, regarding the liability of a business owner for injuries to patrons. In the particular case, an eleven-year old was injured while playing soccer, because her foot struck the artificial playing surface. The Connecticut Supreme Court found that the business was not at fault, outlining the standards for determining when fault may be found. A Connecticut Business Owner should be aware of the following:

The Olympic-entrepreneurship connection

Now that the 2012 London Summer Olympics have officially come to a close, there's the opportunity to look at the event as a whole and draw connections between the Olympics and starting a thriving business. From the colorful, entertaining and representative opening and closing ceremonies to the athletic feats, there are many lessons to be learned from the Olympic Games.

Do Alternative Fee Arrangements Work? - A Real World Test

ID-1003906-thumb-400x266-13154.jpgMany purchasers of legal services are still wondering: Do alternative fee arrangements really work in the real world? There is a way to find out - test an AFA pilot program in the real world with the right law firm partner.

Do Alternative Fee Arrangements Work? - A Real World Test

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.netMany purchasers of legal services are still wondering: Do alternative fee arrangements work in the real world? There is a way to find out - test an AFA pilot program in the real world with the right law firm partner.

Artist sues record label, managers for 'one-sided' contract

The artist simply known as Dev is suing her record label, Indie-Pop LLC, because of an "onerous, one-sided agreement" between the two parties that breached fiduciary duty, according to her lawsuit, and basically amounted to fraud.

Non-Unionized Employers: Your Policies May be Unfair Labor Practices

All employers should remember: Labor law applies to non-unionized situations as much as it applies if a union is in place. Two recent publications from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have reasserted this notion: one relates to social media policy, the other to internal investigations. Most employers do not have unions, but most also have formal or informal policies and procedures regarding the use of social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) and internal investigations (sexual harassment, theft, performance).

Electronic Arts, Zynga engage in copyright infringement battle

Electronic Arts produces critically acclaimed video games and is perhaps best known for its line of sports video games, produced under the label EA Sports. The social gaming company Zynga has risen to similar prominence since its founding in 2007, with an ongoing relationship with Faceabook to produce some simple, yet addictive, applications for social gamers.

Best Connecticut Technology Lawyers Note: Google Gets $22.5M FTC Smack Down for Tracking Cookies

As the best informed Connecticut technology lawyers already know, the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and Google have announced a $22.5 million dollar settlement (the largest civil penalty ever) to address claims of unfair and deceptive trade practices in violating its privacy statement for Google Buzz - a social networking application for Gmail users. Click Here for Bureau of Consumer Protection Business Center post with full history.

A Streamlined Method for Resolving Domain Name Disputes

ICANN has an established policy for resolving disputes regarding domain names. The Uniform Domain Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) provides a framework for any dispute between parties (excluding registrars) over the registration and use of an Internet domain name.

Intellectual property rights central to Apple-Samsung legal duel

As many Connecticut residents are likely aware, tech giants Apple and Samsung are locked in a patent dispute regarding the smart phones each company produces. Apple claims that Samsung copied its talismanic iPhone -- both in visual appearance and functionality -- when it released its "Galaxy" line of tablets and cell phones. Samsung has rejected such copyright infringement claims and countersued Apple, claiming that some of their cell phone hardware is being mimicked in current iPhones.

HARTFORD BUSINESS LITIGATION: HOW TO MAKE THE OTHER SIDE PAY YOUR ATTORNEYS' FEES

Connecticut commercial litigation attorneys who follow best practices will look to the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, commonly referred to as "CUTPA" to increase damages claims arising from breach of contract or other type of business dispute. Click here for link to Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 42-110 et seq

Standard Severance Packages in CT- There's No Such Thing!

One of the most important things a Connecticut Employment lawyer can do for you is review or negotiate a severance agreement. There is no standard form agreement for severance like for a home purchase. Each and every term is critical.

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