Sweat the Details of Your Contract

  ST&A Construction Law Bulletin:  Construction contracts are often treated as annoying afterthoughts. At the outset of a project, all the players are on good terms, everyone knows — or they think they know — what is expected from each player, and spending a lot of time on the details of a written contract seemsRead More

Don’t Get Whammed for Spam

It is tough to think of a business that does not use email marketing in 2018, but did you know that you can be subject to penalties of more than $40,000 if you violate Federal “spam” regulations?  It’s true, and it’s unfortunately easy to make a mistake.  We’ll provide the basics in this email, but,Read More

Understand Your Insurance: CGL Coverage

ST&A Construction Law Bulletin: Many contractors and project owners enter into contracts or projects with a false sense of security because the contractor has an insurance policy with limits that exceed the value of the project. If a dispute arises over allegedly defective work, everybody assumes insurance will take care of the problem. Often, thatRead More

To Trademark or Not to Trademark? (Part I)

That is the question.  Many business and service providers operate for years without considering whether they should trademark elements of their business.  The most common way people think of (and see) trademarks are through logos (think: New England Patriots or Apple Computers).* However, a company can also trademark a slogan it commonly uses, like, “Employment Wisdom on theRead More

IRS Rules LLC’s Can Establish ESOPs

Until now the Service has not approved the use of an ESOP for any entity other than a traditional business corporation.  However, the IRS recently ruled in PLR 201538021 that an LLC that has elected to be taxed as an association can establish an ESOP and that unit shares of membership were “employer securities” forRead More