No Surprises: Healthcare Costs

As provided in the federal No Surprises Act (the “Act”), effective January 1, 2022, patients who have certain unanticipated medical expenses will be protected from egregious medical bills. The most common covered scenarios are (a) emergency care provided at an out-of-network facility, (b) emergency care provided at an in-network facility by out-of-network and (c) out-of-network … Read more

Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go!

ComicMix, together with creators David Gerrold and Ty Templeton, created a Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing and distribution of a work, Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go!. The work was a clear nod to Theodor Geisel‘s [better know as Dr. Seuss] Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, a mash-up of the Seuss book with various … Read more

SEC Revises ‘Accredited Investor’ Definition

If a company wishes to raise funds by selling or offering its securities it must register those securities with the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, there are numerous exemptions to this requirement to register. There are different regulatory frameworks with different requirements and limitations, including the amount of money that can be raised, the amount … Read more

The Umpire Strikes Back

In an October 2020 decision, the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board refused to allow an applicant’s registration of the trademark “Millennial Falcon,” finding that Lucasfilm Entertainment Company had established the likelihood of confusion between “Millennial Falcon” and Lucasfilm’s “Millennum Falcon.” Of crucial importance: “Applicant believes that his mark “appropriately conjures up the phrase “Millennium … Read more

New Investment Limits for Exempt Offerings

Generally speaking, if a company wishes to raise funds by selling or offering its securities it must register those securities with the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, there are numerous exemptions to this requirement to register. Although Reg D’s Rule 506 is the most widely used, there are also exemptions under Reg A, Rule 504 … Read more

Unpaid Labor at Drug Rehab Programs

According to investigative reporter Shoshana Walter: In response to the American Rehab series from the Center for Investigative Reporting, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin have asked the US Government Accountability Office to investigate unpaid labor at drug rehab programs. In their letter, the senators state that working people without pay violates federal law. “Requiring … Read more

Connery’s Concussive Contracts: Shaken, not Stirred

Looper reports that the late Sir Sean Connery — who will always be my James Bond — had an unusual clause in his movie employment contracts. According to Alan Moore, the award winning comic book writer and creator of Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Batman: The Killing Joke and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, among many … Read more

Sale of Entity that Received Paycheck Protection Program Funds

If you’re buying or selling an entity – or its assets – you should be aware of a new notice from the Small Business Administration (“SBA”). If the seller has received Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) funds, it must notify the funds lender that the seller intends to enter into a sales transaction that would constitute … Read more

Dropping the Use of LLC and Inc.

Your business is organized as a limited liability company, corporation or other entity. Its legal name includes a suffix such as ‘Inc.’ or ‘LLC’. However for marketing or other purposes, you wish to use the name without the suffix. A problem? Yes. Background Individuals, acting by themselves or with a group, are generally responsible for … Read more

Space Force Trademark

The U.S. military apparently needs an intellectual property lawyer. Although the United States Space Force, the newest branch of the U.S. armed forces was announced two years ago, no one bothered to register the trademark. Well, that’s not quite accurate. The U.S. did apply to use the name ‘Space Force’ on clothing, two months after … Read more

Checklist of Buy/Sell Considerations

No two deals are alike. However, it’s useful to at least think about the following items when shaping and negotiating a deal. 1. Finding the buyer or seller    a. Networking, professional and social    b. Competitors    c. Business brokers    d. Investment bankers2. Useful professionals    a. Lawyer    b. Accountant    c. Investment banker    d. Tax advisor3. Before serious negotiations and discussions begin, consider    a. Entering into a confidentiality … Read more

Raising Money: Title II of the JOBS Act

Until recently, new companies wishing to raise money – that had exhausted their sources from friends and family and had no access to angel or venture capitalists – needed to rely on the SEC’s Regulation A or D, regulations promulgated under the federal Securities Act of 1933. Nothing wrong with that, except that offerings under … Read more

Is Your Operating Agreement Complete?

You and your partners are successfully running your business. After talking to your accountants and lawyers – I am always hopeful – you decided to operate your business as a limited liability company and entered into an LLC operating agreement. This operating agreement governs your relative rights and obligations. I’m fairly certain that your operating … Read more