Legal Considerations for Internet Startups

An Internet Startup can be much more complex than the startup of a typical business, such as a retail establishment, manufacturer or distributor. The myriad of additional complexities arise in part because of the number of laws covering internet sales and commerce, because you are doing business throughout the country or even internationally, because there are generally not going to be face-to-face negotiations and simple agreements, and as a result of the ever-changing and highly competitive market. All this, while internet law is just developing and rapidly changing. At the same time, the internet business you are starting is most likely expensive to start, develop and market.
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How To Respond to an EEOC or OCRC Charge of Discrimination

My company has received a charge of discrimination from the EEOC or OCRC.  Now what do I do?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) enforce federal (EEOC) and Ohio’s (OCRC) anti-discrimination laws.  Employees may file a charge with the EEOC/OCRC against their employer alleging sexual harassment or discrimination based on gender/sex (including pregnancy), race, color, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, or military status. 

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Best Practices for Running an Electronic Marketing Program



After six years of debate, Congress finally passed “anti-spam” legislation in December 2003.  The Act, entitled the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act, is better known as the CAN-SPAM Act and became effective January 1, 2004.  The Act sets forth a much needed set of national requirements for commercial e-mail.  Now, companies can conduct e-mail marketing campaigns without fear of running afoul of inconsistent state laws.

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