Sweepstakes Disclaimers: The Small Print Matters

Sweepstakes Disclaimers: The Small Print Matters   Sweepstakes, contests, and similar promotions can be an extraordinarily effective tool to create brand awareness and attracting new customers lured by the possibility of winning a prize. Although the upside of sweepstakes are clear, many businesses ignore the potential downside.  All sweepstakes and contests must comply with various statutes, […]

Court Orders Website to Comply with the ADA

Court Orders Website to Comply with the ADA In a recent case filed in California Superior Court, plaintiff Edward Davis sued Bag’N Baggage, a Colorado-based luggage company that owns retail stores in California, claiming violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act in connection with the defendant’s website, ColoradoBaggage.com. Davis, […]

The $450,000 Question: How to Avoid a COPPA Violation

The $450,000 Question: How to Avoid a COPPA Violation Two recent FTC settlements in complaints brought against Yelp and a mobile app developer called TinyCo demonstrate how seriously the government takes violations of the Chlidren’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule. Yelp was accused of collecting personal information from children through its app without first […]

Franchises vs. Business Opportunities

What is a Business Opportunity? You often see advertisements that offer the opportunity to make thousands of dollars a week working for yourself.  These ads are attempting to sell a “business opportunity” (also known as a “biz op”).  A biz op is defined as the sale or lease of goods or services that will be enable […]