Business Law Articles

What to do When you are Asked to Sign a Non-Competition Agreement?

Business Law

Non-Competition Agreements are enforceable in Michigan.  These contracts, sometimes called Covenants-Not-To-Compete, are designed to protect an employer from unfair competition from a former employee or are also used when buying or selling a business or setting up a distribution network.  […]

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Perchville’s Namesake Saved by Trademark Law

Business Law Trademark

Trademark Background Michigan trademark law is governed by the Trademarks and Service Marks Act, which is modeled after the federal law governing trademarks, The Lanham Act. A trademark is any word, symbol, phrase, or any combination thereof, adopted and used […]

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Supreme Court Expands Protections for Federal Trademarks

Business Law Trademark

On June 19, 2017, the Supreme Court ruled in Matal v. Tam, that the anti-disparagement provisions of the federal Lanham Act, which governs federal trademark applications, infringes on free speech rights of trademark applicants. The Supreme Court held that Asian-American […]

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Michigan Court of Appeals Affirms Corporate Limited Liability Protections

Business Law

Under Michigan law, corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs) are treated as separate and distinct entities or “persons.” Shareholders, owners, and members are presumably not liable for business obligations as a general rule. This enables business shareholders, owners, and members […]

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Does My Business Need to Protect Its Intellectual Property?

Business Law

Whether your business is retail, service, industrial, or otherwise, its logos, names, products, customers, and business practices may be worth protecting from competitors and former employees.  Whether you have a successful business or are just starting out, every business needs […]

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New State of Michigan Corporation Online Filing System

Business Law

The State of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs recently announced the creation of a new Corporation Online Filing System (Online System) to be completed in the Spring of 2016. The Online System modernizes the State of Michigan’s Business […]

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