That’s not good

Vol. 3 (Columbus Day Edition) Holiday! Time to party! Monday marks the 180th anniversary of Columbus Day as a federal holiday (although it has been celebrated since at least 1907). For those of you that will be working on Monday, I have bad news for you. You are not entitled to holiday pay or overtime […]

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“Love” in every bite?

The Nashoba Brook Bakery lists “love” as an ingredient in their products. According to the Food and Drug Administration, that’s a no-no.   The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires that every ingredient be listed by its “common or usual name.” Because “love” is not a common or usual name for an ingredient, it […]

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That’s not good

Vol. 2 (Kids Edition) Kids, kids, kids. Oh, those kids… Run away! I don’t have kids, but I’ve been around enough of them to know that you sometimes want to run away screaming. Normally, as a parent, you fight those urges. Not this mom. I predict some very hefty legal bills in her future. Mom, […]

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That’s not good

Vol. 1 (Security Edition) Seriously? Popular security software CCleaner was infected with malware for nearly a month before a new, clean, version was release on September 12th. If you use CCleaner, please update to the newest version!   Really? In what can only be a most predictable failure, a similar, but not quite the same, website was setup […]

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Expect the unexpected

A Professionally Drafted Contract Can Save You In business, things rarely go as planned. It’s important to protect yourself against unexpected results or worst-case scenarios. One way you can do that is through the use of professionally drafted legal documents and contracts. Don’t be surprised Issues are especially likely to come up when only one […]

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Attorney vs. chatbot advice

Can an attorney be replaced by a chatbot? A “robot lawyer” chatbot, available in all 50 states since July, is promising to help you sue Equifax for the data breach without hiring a lawyer. I wrote about the data breach last week, and pointed out the controversy over the arbitration clause that has since been resolved. […]

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The Ruby Chocolate Trade Secret

Mmmm… chocolate! There’s now another type of chocolate! A Swiss chocolate maker has produced a new type of chocolate from the Ruby cocoa bean. The new ruby chocolate, developed by Barry Callebaut (whose chocolate is excellent for making desserts), joins dark, milk, and white as chocolate varieties. Callebaut has not disclosed how it is produced. […]

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Do what you love

Is it time to start your own business? I read with interest a thought-provoking piece about Elon Musk, written by someone who knows him well. He asserts that neither money nor intelligence are necessary to be successful. At first glance, this seems obvious. After all, there are thousands and thousands of people successful in the […]

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The Attorney Process

Lawyering is not one size fits all Two weeks ago, I met with a potential client. After an in-depth discussion of his issue, I gave have him my recommendations and explained the costs to proceed. He objected, stating that because I’ve handled that type of situation before, it should be trivial and quick. This underscored […]

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