Copyright registration is a monumental step in securing creative work. Common law copyright automatically goes into effect to protect artistic works, but registering for copyright goes a step further and allows an owner of a creative work to obtain exclusive authorship rights. When the United States Copyright Office denies a copyright registration request, it can feel devastating. With the help of experienced copyright lawyers, such as the attorneys at Ritter Spencer, individuals and organizations denied a copyright can receive guidance to appeal and resubmit the work for review.
Starting a business requires an appropriate structure to operate effectively and legally. Individuals or companies should adopt the business plan that makes the most sense for them, whether that is based on divergent tax policies or appropriate liability protection.
Declaring bankruptcy can be a stressful, complicated process with many detailed steps that may overwhelm individuals and business owners. Anyone looking to declare bankruptcy should understand the basics of bankruptcy to appropriately consider the different categories, processes, and expected outcomes.
As marijuana products become more accessible than ever before, the number of cannabis consumers grows worldwide. However, as the market expands, many are unable to identify the major differences or similarities between strains such as cannabis sativa and cannabis indica. This uncertainty is largely due to the disparity between public knowledge and current research. Although the sativa and indica strains are among the most recognizable in the marijuana market, research around benefits and effects is comparatively limited to other substances. Several experts believe that the stigma against marijuana research is due to the plant’s federal Schedule 1 status as an allegedly dangerous and addictive drug.
On September 22, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced the final two appointees of the New York marijuana regulatory board. After the legalization of recreational marijuana in New York for adults over the age of 21, the state government implemented a Cannabis Control Board and Office of Cannabis Management to regulate the adult use of marijuana. Statewide regulations for cannabis and its related products bring one of the United States’ biggest cash crops under the rule of law, though they currently vary substantially from state to state. Read below to learn more about New York’s Cannabis Control Board and what the Empire State is doing to enhance its existing marijuana regulatory system.
On September 21, 2021, Amazon announced that the company would relax its screening policies for marijuana to advocate for more equitable workplaces. Amazon’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources also announced that the global conglomerate is proud to endorse recent federal legislation in the blog post. Seemingly a continuation of its previous statements concerning the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021 (the “MORE Act”), Amazon resumes its support for marijuana reform. Read below to learn more about Amazon’s statements and their recent history and stances on marijuana legislation.
When resolving a legal dispute, parties can consider arbitration if their business contract includes an arbitration clause. Arbitration is a private method of legal conflict resolution where a dispute is submitted to an arbitrator(s), a neutral third party who handles the case, by involved parties. The dispute is settled outside of the judiciary court by arbitrators who render an arbitration award. Although arbitration may be an attractive option for those seeking to resolve a conflict quickly and confidentially, organizations considering this option must understand the potential positives and negatives of the process. Read below to understand the pros and cons of legal arbitration and how the Dallas law firm of Ritter Spencer PLLC can help parties involved in a legal dispute make the right decision for their business.
On October 6, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill that legalizes the sale and manufacture of hemp-derived products and CBD-infused consumable items. Assembly Bill 45 (“AB 45”) establishes a regulatory and consumer protection framework for selling and producing CBD-infused products, such as food, beverages, cosmetics, dietary supplements, over-the-counter items, pet products, and more. California’s expansion on allowed sales of cannabidiol (“CBD”) products could potentially make California one of the largest cannabis markets in the world. Read below to learn more about the implications of California’s AB 45 and the history of concern over consumables infused with CBD.
Starting a small business is both a stressful and exciting time for entrepreneurs, especially in 2021. However, because there is so much to consider when establishing a business, it is not surprising when owners forget about the legal basics. The choices made in the early days of starting a small business are perhaps the most critical to avoid legal issues in the future. Read below to learn about three basic things every small business owner should know and how the Dallas law firm of Ritter Spencer PLLC can advise business owners on getting started.
Business owners often enter contracts in hopes of further establishing and benefiting their company. However, even the most responsible companies may experience a breach of contract. While a business might have a comprehensive understanding of the terms of an agreement and take steps to avoid litigation, business disputes can arise with only the slightest misunderstanding.