November 5, 2015


The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision extending same-sex marriage to every state will have a big effect on many employee benefit programs.


Prior to the ruling, most states (and the federal government) recognized same-sex marriage. If all of your employees live in s...

October 29, 2015


A company called Multi Time Machine makes high-end military-style watches. It refuses to sell them on Amazon. If you search for the company's watches on Amazon, you'll get a long list of competing watches. 


Is this illegal?


Possibly, according to a federal appeals cou...

October 22, 2015


The law is just beginning to catch up with all the social media issues that are impacting businesses. 


In the first installment we outlined potential issues for businesses, below are a few additional concerns.


Do you retweet or otherwise pass along customers’ soc...

October 15, 2015


To keep our clients and friends abreast of how we help our clients, below is a recent example:

One of the ways Rubenstein Business Law (RBL) protects its clients is to think outside the box for solving their legal problems. Recently, RBL represented a New Jersey hom...

October 8, 2015


Social media is a relatively new field, and the law is just beginning to catch up with all the issues that are being raised for businesses.


Here’s a quick checklist of concerns. It’s by no means exhaustive, which is why a thorough legal review of a company’s social me...

September 24, 2015

If salespeople connect with their business contacts on LinkedIn or another social media site, can they take that information with them when they leave the company? Maybe not, according to a federal court in California.


David Oakes worked for six years as a salesman for...

September 17, 2015

If you've put a lot of time and money into designing a distinctive website or online store, and a competitor comes along and copies your site's look, can you sue?


Yes, according to a federal court in California. The "look and feel" of a website is protected by the trad...

September 10, 2015


The Duluth Trading Company was looking for a way to promote its men’s Henley-style collarless polo shirts. It thought of Don Henley, the lead singer of the Eagles, whose first big hit in 1974 was called “Take It Easy.” So it created an ad that said, “Don a Henley and...

September 4, 2015



Companies that are leasing their own space for the first time are often surprised by the terms of a commercial lease – and even companies that have leased space before sometimes overlook important points where they might be able to negotiate matters to their...

August 27, 2015


If you provide bonuses, awards, gifts or prizes to employees or customers, it’s important to understand the tax consequences. It’s particularly important if the recipient is going to have to pay a tax – you’ll want them to understand this fact from the start, so the...

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