BLOGS

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE “MADE IN AMERICA”?

  The Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) is charged with the task of determining when a product can be labeled “Made in America.” This is part of the FTC’s larger task of preventing deception and unfairness in the marketplace. The FTC routinely brings enforcement actions against products that use false or misleading claims to deceive consumers into thinking it is of U.S. origin. While certain items, such as automobiles, wool and fur products, must clearly state the amount of the product made in the U.S.A. (known as th...Read More
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COPYRIGHT LAW OVERVIEW AND GUIDANCE PART II

As mentioned in the Part 1 March, 2017 WPD Blog on Copyright Law Overview and Guidance, with the ever-changing world of technology, business owners need to be aware of the different areas of intellectual property law (IP). This blog is Part II of this topic covering Copyright duration, notice, registration, and works made for hire with a brief discussion on the importance of licensing to assist business owners in making significant business decisions to protect their assets under IP. As stated in Part I, copyright IP protection is provided ...Read More
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To Settle or Not to Settle?

Most civil cases settle well before reaching the trial stage of a lawsuit. Particularly when it comes to business disputes, the parties typically choose to settle their case rather than leave the fates of their respective businesses in the hands of an unpredictable jury or an unpredictable judge. Settlement can happen at any point in a lawsuit.  It can even occur before the plaintiff files a lawsuit at all, if the parties can come together and reach a fair agreement soon after the dispute arises. But is settlement always more beneficial...Read More
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Effort Clauses

Best Efforts? Reasonable Efforts? Commercially Reasonable Efforts? What is an “effort” clause and what does it mean to your business? It is common for two parties in a business transaction to include a clause, or several, into their contract which stipulates the level of effort the other party has to use to achieve the goal of the contract. These clauses are known as “effort” clauses and can be found in everything from manufacturing to service contracts. It is important that a business owner carefully review any agreement and ve...Read More
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Update on Paid Sick Leave in Cook County

It is getting increasingly complicated to be sick for employees and employers in Cook County. Echoing the City of Chicago, the Cook County Board approved an ordinance last October which was designed to provide paid sick leave to all employees in Cook County. The measure takes effect July 1, 2017. The measure provides employees with one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked. Employees can earn up to five paid sick days annually. Various municipalities voiced objections immediately and passed ordinances which trump the applicati...Read More
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