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4 Ways to Build Your Bench with Flexibility

Law firms of all sizes face increasing price pressures from clients. We are all trying to develop business, price effectively, and compete for clients. But, what happens when efforts finally pay off? How do you handle an increased workload without completely burning out?

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The Olympics: Where Trademark Law Trumps Free Speech

Oisele is an apparel company based in Seattle that specializes in designing and manufacturing sporting attire. So when Kate Grace, an American athlete, won the U.S. Olympic Trials 800 meter race while wearing Oisele attire, Oisele wanted to show support for both America and Grace.  In an Instagram post, the company wrote, “She’s going to Rio!” and “#RoadtoRio” in conjunction with pictures of Grace wearing their product.

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LOOP LEGAL HAS A NEW ADDRESS

We are moving to a new office on August 1st. It's a great new location that is conveniently located between Minneapolis and St. Paul with free parking and easy access to the green line. 

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4 Reasons Why to Really Read the Fine Print

Small businesses and entrepreneurs often operate on a shoe-string budget, findings ways to keep the lights on month after month.  As a result, contract review becomes one of the many legal tasks taken on by the business owner. It may be tempting to skim over the contracts or simply sign the agreements to move on to the next thing. But, there can be big consequences in the fine print. Here are 4 reasons why you should understand what you are signing before you sign it:

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3 Critical Things to Know About the Defend Trade Secrets Act

3 Critical Things to Know About the Defend Trade Secrets Act

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) is a newly enacted law that creates a federal cause of action for companies trying to protect their trade secrets. This is a landmark change in creating uniform civil protections for companies in every state. Nearly all businesses have some kind of trade secrets and many will need to act in order to ensure they continue to protect their causes of action under the DTSA.

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Why Companies Should be More Concerned About the St. Paul Sick Time Ordinance

Why Companies Should be More Concerned About the St. Paul Sick Time Ordinance

The sick and safe time ordinance under consideration in St. Paul has received considerably less attention than the recently enacted Minneapolis version. The benefit accrual amounts are the same in both cities with 1 hour for every 30 hours worked. But, the pending ordinance in St. Paul seems to be considerably stricter than its Minneapolis counterpart.

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4 Things Employers Need to Know About Social Media

4 Things Employers Need to Know About Social Media

A bad review or comment on social media platforms can quickly go viral. It is also nearly impossible to erase those less than desirable comments in most cases. This content can cause expensive lingering consequences for companies of all sizes. It can be even more devastating if it is posted by an employee–just look at the recent open letter to Yelp. Strategic thinking and a proactive approach is critical to navigate these sticky situations.

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What’s in a Name? Keys to Selecting a Name that Can be Protected

One of the first choices a new business must make is selecting a name for the company or its product.  A name is a lasting identification of a product or organization. Availability of the name may also be an issue with the Secretary of State and reserving a web domain. But, more importantly for many companies, is whether the name is eligible for federal trademark protection? Think SAND to find a name that will likely qualify for protection. What is SAND?

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More than Paid Sick Time. The Breakdown of the Coming Minneapolis Ordinance.

Big or small–every company doing business in Minneapolis needs to understand the coming sick time ordinance. The proposed ordinance is the product of the recommendations from the Workplace Regulations Group (a public-private appointed group). There is a single public hearing on the proposed ordinance on May 18th with the vote set for May 27th. This ordinance in its current form will impact businesses of all sizes. Here is what companies need to know about the proposed ordinance as they start prepare:

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To Certify or Not? The Breakdown of Cybersecurity Certifications

Are you a tech company that is considering a cyber security certification? Or, are you a company concerned that your vendors may be an access point for hackers?

If so, cyber security certification probably feels more like a murky alphabet soup. Every industry is different and there is no one size fits all answer. Certification maintenance also does not necessarily mean that the company is secure or even following all of its own policies. Here is the breakdown of what businesses need to know as they start the comparison – before investing time and money:

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