201508.26
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“Dope!”, IP Rights, and the Beastie Boys

Earlier this year, the hip-hop group Beastie Boys won a jury verdict against Monster Energy Company for a staggering $1.7 million. On top of that, they managed to score a cool $668,000 in attorneys’ fees. So what lead to one of the most venerable groups in the ’80s rap game to take on an energy drink…

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How to Develop an IP Portfolio for Small Businesses

Whether your business sells goods, provides services, produces a mobile app, or whatever, you’ve already received a crash course in intellectual property: these are the things that make your business unique and special compared to others. It could be in the form of a website and logo, an original blog post (like this one), or internal sales…

201508.17
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Five Tips for California Residential Tenants

Due to the terrific feedback and popularity of my post on tips for Minnesota tenants, I’ve decided to write a post for California renters since I also practice real estate law there. Although landlord/tenant law tends to be pretty similar, it’s rarely identical due to not only how the laws are worded, but also how they…

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Five Tips for Minnesota Residential Tenants

Part of my real estate practice is dedicated to representing commercial and residential landlords. As a result, I’ve learned a lot about what’s expected from my landlord clients as well as their tenants. The vast majority of landlords are just like any other small business owner—trying to comply with the law as best they can. However, some fall short,…

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Real Estate Transfers, Quiet Title Actions, and the Torrens System

Although I’ve discussed contracts for deed before, as well as deeds in general, sometimes disagreements arise about who owns real estate even when everything’s been put in writing. Occasionally, it’s because of a falling out between the grantor (the person giving the property) and the grantee (the person receiving the property), but the end result is…