Corporate
Due Diligence Steps for Prospective Franchise Investors

Due Diligence Steps for Prospective Franchise Investors

By Joseph S. Heino While owning a franchise can be rewarding and profitable, many prospective franchisees overlook the fact that their new business venture comes equipped with a permanent supervisor – the franchisor. Thought you would be running your own show? Think again. Before you enter the world of franchising, it is best to conduct a...

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Google Mandates Play Store and In-App Privacy Policies

By: Davis|Kuelthau's Intellectual Property Team Google updated its Google Play Developer Policy Center policies on March 1, 2017, and the updates went into effect on March 15, 2017. These updates included requirements for developers to post privacy policies both on the Play Store listing and within the app. According to Google, app developers...

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Tax Reform In the Making: A Comparison of the Potential Revisions

Tax Reform In the Making: A Comparison of the Potential Revisions

By Ann M. Rieger With the coming of a new administration in Washington, D.C., there has been much speculation regarding potential tax law changes. Below is a comparison of various revisions being discussed by both President Trump and the House of Representatives in the House blueprint known as the “Better Way for Tax Reform.” Final legislation...

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Alternative Financing Strategies in a World of Rising Interest Rates

Alternative Financing Strategies in a World of Rising Interest Rates

By Michael Van Someren & Julie A. Seno Mortgage interest rates increased through 2016 and are expected to increase periodically throughout the coming year. Because higher interest rates can make traditional financing for a commercial real estate project more expensive, other financing options should be considered to stabilize or reduce the...

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Wisconsin’s Rental Unit Weatherization Standards

Wisconsin’s Rental Unit Weatherization Standards

By Ryan M. Spott On February 8, 2017, the Joint Committee on Finance, at the request of Governor Scott Walker, introduced the first version of Wisconsin’s Budget Bill, 2017 Senate Bill 30 / 2017 Assembly Bill 64 (the “Budget Bill”). The legislation, as proposed, among many other effects, would repeal Wis. Stat. § 101.122 and eliminate Wisconsin’s...

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Attention Business Owners: Are Your Marks Protected?

Attention Business Owners: Are Your Marks Protected?

By Joseph S. Heino One of its most obvious, but often overlooked, assets that a business has is the very name that the business uses to hold itself out to the public. That name, including the names of various products and services it may market, are valuable assets of that business and need to be treated as such. Most business owners do not...

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Social Media Presence Is a Factor When Assessing Trademark Strength

By: Davis|Kuelthau's Intellectual Property Team The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently turned to the social media presence and marketing of a DJ when evaluating the DJ’s claims of trademark infringement and dilution. In Kibler v. Hall, et al (6th Cir. Dec. 13, 2016), the court affirmed summary judgment for Robert Hall, a rapper performing...

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OSHA Issues Recommendations for Anti-Retaliation Programs

By Benjamin J. Sauer The Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Whistleblower Protection Programs issued Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs to assist employers with “creat[ing] workplaces in which workers feel comfortable voicing safety and other concerns without fear of retaliation.” The recommendations, while only...

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