Los Angeles business attorney | Law Firm Newswire - Part 2

Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2011 – Companies put a lot of effort and money into their designs, sales and marketing tactics, so it is no wonder the Car-Freshner Corporation is aggravated by a company that is trying to use a similar tree design for its financial benefit. In a lawsuit against Stanislawski Marketing Ventures, who is doing business as Beck & Call promotional products, Car-Freshner alleges that the company “offers, markets, and distributes promotional air fresheners with a tree design that is indistinguishable from and confusingly similar to Car-Freshner’s distinctive Tree Design Marks.” The case is […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2011 – Social media has now reached such a fever pitch in our society that people want to copyright their tweets on Twitter and Facebook posts. Los Angeles intellectual property attorney Anthony Spotora has received many calls recently for people wanting to copyright their words, sue others for copying posts, and for claims of social media defamation. Right now copyright protection does not exist for social media users. Many of the sites’ terms of service policies show that by posting content an individual automatically grants the site to use, copy, display, and […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 1, 2011 – Imagine turning on the TV one night to enjoy an episode of CSI. As the show progresses the storyline feels familiar. Just like the characters on CSI, you and your wife are a pair of married real estate agents. As the show unfolds, the couple remembers that three years ago they had dealt with a Hollywood TV writer who was interested in buying a home where they represented the seller. After researching more about the CSI episode “Deep Fried and Minty Fresh” that aired as episode 13 of the show’s […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 17, 2011 – The latest college graduates are attracted to starting their own businesses and know the power of social media, reports Businessweek. As business school graduates, tech-savvy types, and entrepreneurs emerge from bachelor and master’s programs this summer, it is vital to know how a new business should be structured. Many businesses are attracted to a doing-business-as (DBA) structure, but it can leave the owner personally liable for business debts and obligations. DBAs also limit tax breaks and just provide a nickname, but not much else. “Your personal assets are completely at […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2011 – Being a “green business” is a big buzzword as more consumers are looking to be healthier and better to the Earth. But with the upcoming Earth Day on April 22, not all businesses are truly green, even though they make claims to it. “Greenwashing” or false advertising claims about being eco-friendly will be prosecuted by the Federal Trade Commission, denied a trademark with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and challenged by the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau. “In recent years, businesses have increasingly used ‘green’ marketing […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 14, 2011 – The small print on a website seems hardly interesting, but the terms of service (“TOS”) agreement on a business’ home page is a must have to protect the business and its users. A recent incident on Electronic Arts’ Dragon Age 2 online message board is a great example of what a terms of service agreement can do. Electronic Arts bought Dragon Age 2’s creator, BioWare, in 2007, and now a gamer must open an online account with EA to play the game. One of them voluntarily wrote on the BioWare […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2011 – In February, the director, screenwriter, and entertainment companies involved in The Hurt Locker filed a motion to countersue Iraq war veteran Jeffrey Sarver. Master Sgt. Sarver claims that the movie was based on his own life story within the Army bomb squad and originally sued the group the day before the Academy Awards in 2010. Now that the countersuit is transferred to California, The Hurt Locker group is using the anti-SLAPP statute to allege their free speech is being compromised and requesting the judge to order Sarver to pay their […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2011 – Businesses and individuals who have legal questions can now speak to a lawyer over the Internet instead of having to fight the gridlock of Los Angeles traffic. The LA law firm, Spotora & Associates, P.C., started an innovative program to help clients get quick access to expert legal advice called, “Virtual Lawyer”. “Many clients only have one or two quick legal questions and want answers from an experienced attorney without the hassle of in-person appointments and large retainer fees,” said Anthony Spotora, CEO and Managing Attorney of Spotora & Associates. […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2011 – Imagine a business owner doing a routine Google search of his business and name, only to find that a website thousands of miles away had copied the logo, design, text and even some photos. This is what happened to the law firm of Gordon & Doner out of Palm Beach, Fla. when they looked themselves up and found the British firm of Maslin & Associates with a copycat website. A business should protect its website and all the content, design, and graphics by copyrighting it. This way, all the original […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2010 – For those with a successful business, franchising can be a good way to expand quickly and perhaps stay ahead of the competition. After all, franchising brings little risk to the franchisor as the franchisee is the one putting up his or her capital when opening a new unit. What is a franchise? Franchising is the selling of a particular business model and method. “The franchisee will pay an upfront fee for the right to use a name and/or trademark to open a business and to receive the proper training,” said […]


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Musicians take their work very seriously. However, they also need to take the legal protection of their compositions seriously according to Los Angeles entertainment lawyer, Anthony Spotora. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2010 – Music is everywhere in the world of entertainment: Movies, television, radio advertisements and commercials. There is always a need for top-notch songs and artists. “For an upcoming composer, licensing music is a vital step in growing a career,” said Anthony Spotora, a Los Angeles entertainment attorney. “Licensing music means that your creation is not only protected from illegal use but can also bring […]


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If you’re an employer and have invested in an employee for a long time, the last thing you want to happen is have that worker jump to a competitor. After all, that employee has good insider knowledge and could help the competition swipe away some of your customers, employees, market share – and even trade secrets. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2010 – Usually, a non-competition agreement would take care of such problems by barring the former employee from working for competitors for a certain period of time. Yet there’s a big problem with that when it […]


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Music publishing is a complex process that requires extensive knowledge of business practices and copyright law. A music publisher can help songwriters reap the benefits of their creativity. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 18, 2010 – While publishing their own music is a viable option for artists, the legal issues involved can be messy and complex. In order to avoid dealing with these issues, many artists turn to music publishers for help. Music publishers perform a variety of different functions for songwriters, as they have the expertise required to manage licenses and collect royalties. One of the most […]


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