Startup Business Consumer Issues

Startup business consumer issues are not usually raised in discussions at the outset by entrepreneurs.  Consumer protection issues creep up as time goes by in their daily business process. But the reality bites, when startups encounter issues not thought through. If the startup is engaged in a business entails a contract or a detailed proposal…

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Contracts Online, With Who?

Contracts online are formed every day without any thought to their import.  They may be enforceable or not.  Many parents allow their minors to use their parents’ credits cards or the debt card given to them by their parents to shop online, for say, school clothes. That mad rush for tax free holiday prior to…

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Startup Business – Planning the Start

Startup business usually starts before they start.  May sound confusing but, the planning should be deemed as the start.  Also, people get to start spreading the word before they start.  That makes sense.  People want others to know what they are embarking on and how their venture will be a good service or a good…

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Startup Business -More than an Idea

Startup Business criteria for the idea-person and the money-person, backing the venture, is always easily skewed toward “what’s the least that it will take to get going”.  Going into the wild of business with the startup entrepreneurial spirit is fascinating and laudable.  Many venture off with the chutzpa without seeking legal counsel  and resort to…

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Consumer Privacy versus Data Economy Ecosystem

We all hear about privacy needing protection and we also read about the events that have led to infringements of privacy on the occurrence of data breaches.  Essentially, privacy is desired by all and many believe that it is an aspect of life that is common understanding and it is worth respect and consideration. The courts have…

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Business Data a Trade Secret

Business data in business could be considered a trade secret as it is an essential component of analysis and decision-making.  Businesses cannot compete without relevant data for their administration, process and service delivery.  Trade secrets in database records have value.  Such secrets are sought for competitive reasons. Intruding, a kind word for hacking, into another’s…

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Cyber Security Claims

Cyber security claims are seldom tempered with an entities acknowledgement of its insecurity of electronically stored information (ESI) and its handling of consumer personal identifying information (PII).  Their efforts and planning executed, though they may be diligent, cannot anticipate cyber incidents and breach incidents nor should their efforts to prevent them be overstated.  All attention…

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Internet Advertising Under FTC Eyes

Internet advertising has become intricate and keen.  Internet advertising may involve multiple participants.  The purpose is essentially to sway readers to purchase products by making representations that at times appear too good to be true.  That is what the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Connecticut determined prior to suing  LeanSpa.  The claims embraced…

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FTC Advertising Guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission under its Act, particularly Section 5, is seeking advertisers to be clearer about how they convey their ads.  Advertising disclosures required by the Federal Trade Commission are addressing numerous issues about enhancing disclosures of sources of the statements and claims made in an advertisement.  As creativity increases so will the efforts for the…

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Internet Speech Immunity

Internet speech immunity exceptions are sought frequently by individuals and businesses who are affected by someone else’s comments about them via an online site.  Online sites are today’s marketplace of ideas to enhance the “competition of the market.”[1]  And so, the claim usually asserted is a defamation claim directed to the website from where the…

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Website Safe Harbor Copyright Notice Designation

Website safe harbor takedown requirements by the Copyright Office is soon to undergo changes.  According to the Copyright Office, it is the responsibility of a website owner or online service entity to make it easy for a copyright holder to contact the website regarding the possibility of content infringement.  The agent designation requirement[1] process form,…

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Online Contracts Consent and Choice of Law

Online contracts trip the line that draws on possible arguments for applying the choice of law principles.  Platform terms of service, though frequently updated, may not be providing appropriate notice to inform the public user.  Data collection practices of social media platforms for purposes of claimed efforts to provide enhanced services to the user public…

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