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What are Your Legal Remedies When Someone Defames You on Facebook?

Facebook, a social media platform that its founders said would unite the world, unfortunately provides a forum for spreading misinformation and smearing reputations. If you believe you have been defamed on Facebook, there are things you can do to fight back. A statement about a person or entity is defamatory if it is false, is Read More

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How Can an Anti-SLAPP Statute Affect a Defamation Claim?

Wealthy companies and individuals rarely welcome news reporting and other commentary critical of the way they go about their business. In fact, they will sometimes go to great lengths to silence their critics and opponents. One of the ways they do this is by filing a strategic lawsuit against public participation — or SLAPP suit Read More

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Do CGL Insurance Policies Cover Copyright Infringement Claims?

In the digital age, intellectual property holders have become increasingly aggressive in litigating against anyone believed to have unlawfully used copyrighted material. If you are engaged in any activities that could possibly be viewed as infringement, you need to be sure that your commercial general liability insurance policy provides adequate coverage. That, in turn, depends Read More

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How Independent Contractors Can Secure and Protect Copyright Interests in Works Made for Hire

In general, the creator of a work — whether it is musical, verbal, visual, digital or another form — is entitled to the copyright. However, federal law makes exceptions for “works made for hire.” These are works created by employees during the course of their employment or by independent contractors. In those cases, the employer Read More

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Can an At-Will Employee Be Fired for Engaging in a Political Protest?

Most people have strong opinions regarding politics — and sometimes the topic can be difficult to avoid in the workplace. If you express your views at your job or by participating in a political protest, you may be wondering if you can be legally terminated by your employer in retaliation. Although the First Amendment provides Read More

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Does the President Have the Legal Authority to Cancel Student Loans by Executive Order?

One of the biggest issues faced by the Biden Administration is the nation’s student loan crisis. Congressional leaders and various organizations are calling on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in student loans per borrower by executive order. Biden supports the idea in principle but questions whether he has the legal authority to take Read More

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The Right of Shareholders to Inspect Corporate Records

Shareholders have common law and statutory rights to inspect and copy the records and books of corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs). These rights exist so that shareholders are able to ascertain whether corporate management is being properly conducted and so that they have accurate information when voting on corporate issues. These rights don’t often Read More

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How to Obtain Records from a Public Agency in Kentucky

Kentucky citizens have the right to know how public agencies, officials, departments and other bodies conduct their affairs. Since passage of the Kentucky Open Records Act in 1976, all public records have been open for inspection by anyone who requests them, unless the record falls under an exemption. The Open Records Act applies to all Read More

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Understanding Shareholders’ Rights in Derivative Actions

When someone who controls a corporation, such as a CEO or director, engages in conduct that a shareholder believes has harmed the corporation in some way, what can the shareholder do about it? In some circumstances, a shareholder may file a derivative lawsuit. Shareholders are investors in a corporation but they do not have control Read More

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Can China Be Held Legally Responsible for the COVID-19 Epidemic?

A bill recently introduced in Congress would allow Americans to sue the Chinese government for harm caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The measure, called the Holding the Chinese Communist Party Accountable for Infecting Americans Act, is the most recent in a series of attempts by legislators to saddle China with legal liability for the spread Read More

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