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Understanding the fair use doctrine in Nevada

Nevada defaults to federal law when it comes to understanding a number of intellectual property matters. One aspect of that is the fair use doctrine. At the Aldrich Law Firm, Ltd., we know how important it is that you not only understand how to use information fairly, but also when to pursue legal action against those who illegally use your content.

Fair use dispute at heart of billion-dollar lawsuit

There is good reason that businesses in Las Vegas seek protection for their intellectual property. Putting a trademark or patent in place can prevent a company from suffering from violations such as the theft of trade secrets. An ongoing dispute between Oracle and Google illustrates how vital it is to use protective measures – and to know when someone may be overstepping their bounds.

Is there a difference between a joint venture and a partnership?

If you are considering going into business with someone, you may be reviewing your options for the business structure. Joint ventures and partnerships share a number of similarities, though there are several significant differences that can have tax and other implications.

Preventing partnership disputes in Las Vegas

Running a sole proprietorship means that you are in charge; launching a partnership means that you now have to work with other people to make your business successful. At the Aldrich Law Firm, Ltd., we know that making important decisions with people who may not agree with you can be difficult. In worst-case scenarios, it can lead to a legal dispute. There are, however, some steps you can take to mitigate the risk of costly litigation.

Purchasing product liability insurance in Nevada

Understanding a company’s risks is crucial to protecting the bottom line. For businesses in Las Vegas, those risks could include incurring damage from a natural disaster, professional malpractice and exposure to lawsuits stemming from a defective product. For each of these issues, there is an insurance policy that could help the stem associated costs. However, some companies may make the mistake of overlooking the need for a product liability policy.

What are the exceptions to a product liability claim in Nevada?

In general, if your company manufactures a product that is deemed dangerous or defective, you could be strictly liable for any harm it causes. Nevada holds businesses accountable despite whether or not any overt negligence was involved. Even if you take all the precautions necessary, you may still be on the hook for paying for a consumer’s medical bills and other damages.

Business dispute forces closure of Las Vegas Elvis exhibit

Putting together an exhibit of any kind for public consumption often involves a number of business entities. In Las Vegas, these commercial ventures often involve property management, memorabilia owners and the show’s operators. Working together, these parties establish agreements that determine various aspects of how the exhibit will run. If one entity defaults on the contract, it can shut down the entire operation. Unfortunately, that appears to be the case with a recent endeavor in Las Vegas.

Understanding the most common employee complaints in Las Vegas

A business owner who knows the types of employment issues commonly litigated is best equipped to prevent those complaints from ever getting filed. In Las Vegas, our team at the Aldrich Law Firm, Ltd., assists companies with defending against these suits as well as creating guidelines to mitigate their risk. Part of the solution is to understand the most common reasons employees file suit.

What information do I need to appeal a civil judgment?

Once a judgment has been entered against you in a Nevada court, you are able to appeal it. An appeal is the act of asking another court to either change or reverse that judgment; it is not a request for a new trial. If your judgment was entered in Justice Court, you will have to appeal the decision to the District Court. If your judgment was entered in District Court, your appeal will be elevated to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Nevada companies could pay punitive damages for workers’ actions

In a personal injury claim in Nevada, there are several damages that a plaintiff could receive. For example, economic damages are awarded to compensate the person for financial losses like medical bills. Noneconomic damages could be awarded to someone who has experienced pain and suffering or another intangible loss. There are also punitive damages, which are penalties that are meant to expressly punish a defendant who has been malicious or especially negligent. It is rare that these awards are granted to a plaintiff, but it can happen.

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