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Minneapolis Business Attorney Aaron Hall, Minnesota

How to Form a Minnesota LLC without an Attorney

If you want to start a small business, you can form a new LLC (limited liability company) in Minnesota without hiring an attorney. You will save the expense of attorney’s fees, but you also will not have the counsel of a business attorney and will have some other risks. The risks are explained at the […]

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Minneapolis Business Attorney Aaron Hall, Minnesota

Can a Generic Term be Trademarked?

Every trademark attorney knows that a generic term cannot be trademarked. However, using a small exception to that rule, Best Buy registered a federal trademark in “best buy,” even though a court had previously ruled that “best buy” was generic. For a great summary of the situation, read Best Buy, Resurrected From the Trademark Graveyard? […]

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Minnesota Noncompete Agreement FAQ

As a Minnesota business attorney, I am often asked questions related to Minnesota noncompete agreements. Below I explain an overview of Minnesota noncompete law and answer common questions. For related topics, visit nonsolicitation agreements and confidentiality agreements. Table of Contents Overview of Minnesota Noncompete LawIndependent ConsiderationGeographic LimitationEnforcement PeriodAre Employee Noncompete Agreements Enforceable in Minnesota?What is Involved in Drafting […]

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Minneapolis Business Attorney Aaron Hall, Minnesota

Are RSS Feeds Copyrighted?

This article explains whether RSS feeds are copyrighted. In short, the answer is YES. What is RSS? Websites are norally accessed with a web browser. RSS is a technology that allows a webpage (blog, etc.) to be accessed without a web browser. RSS can be accessed by many tools, including an RSS reader, which is […]

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Limiting Fiduciary Duties in Minnesota Small Businesses

Minnesota business owners in a partnership may desire to limit the fiduciary duties they owe each other. They may ask their lawyer to draft a partnership agreement providing limitations on their duty to disclose to each other. They may also ask their lawyer to include a provision allowing the partners to compete with the partnership. […]

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Trademark & PPC Keywords, The Debate Over Adwords Advertising

The Minnesota Federal District Court is currently hearing arguments regarding whether a company can use Google AdWords to place ads on a SERP (search engine results page) when someone searches for a competitor’s name. In 2005, one court ruled that Google could permit competitors of GEICO insurance to target people who search for “GEICO,” but […]

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IRS Tax Debt and an Offer in Compromise

Some people find themselves in a situation where they cannot pay their IRS tax debt. For example, a taxpayer may owe taxes but cannot pay because the taxpayer has little money compared to the taxpayer’s debts. If the IRS is convinced that the IRS will probably not recover the amount owed, the IRS may make […]

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