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Monday, February 27, 2017

New York Court of Appeals Rules for Yoga Vida

After over six years of dispute, the New York Court of Appeals, in In re Yoga Vida NYC, Inc. (Commissioner of Labor), 28 N.Y.3d 1013 (2016), ruled in favor of Yoga Vida NYC, Inc. The court determined that non-staff yoga instructors were not “employees” of the studio, but rather “independent contractors”. The ruling provides clearer guidelines on how fitness studios in New York should treat their instructors in order to maintain the “independent contractor” classification. This could have financial benefits for fitness studios throughout the State of New York.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016


By: Aaron Riedel


This blog post is a practical exploration of cross branding relationships and the basic legal underpinnings of putting together a cross branding agreement. Not every issue or legal topic is covered. This blog post is not meant to be legal advice, but may be considered attorney advertising.

What is Cross Branding?

Cross branding is when two or more companies work together to promote each other’s products or services to maximize publicity and/or revenue for both companies. Cross branding deals come in many forms - on products themselves, in TV advertising campaigns and sponsorships, and in physical retail displays.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Shofur Evacuates 10,000 People Ahead of Hurricane Matthew

Moisan Legal client, Shofur, helps evacuate 10,000 people before Hurricane Matthew hits.

See the full article from The Daily Dot below:

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Unlocking the Iphone


On December 2, 2015, tragedy struck in San Bernardino, California when Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, shot and killed 14 people and seriously injured 22 others during a training event at the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.  In the months following this horrific and tragic attack, a great debate was sparked around the world concerning the boundaries of a  person’s right to privacy.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

What's a Vesting Schedule and Why Do I Need One?

Your startup is growing fast and now you have investors that want to give you money. All of a sudden, your partner that owns 50% decides to leave the company. Without a vesting schedule, this situation could be a disaster because...

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Cost of Incorporating in Delaware

If you are looking to incorporate in Delaware, here is a DIY guide that may come in handy, as well as tips, input, costs and fees. The breakdown is as follows:


  • Filing fee of $89.
  • It's likely you're not living in DE so you would need a registered agent to accept service of process on your behalf in the event that you're ever sued. You can find a registered agent service between $70-$200 online.
  • $50 for certified copy of incorporation. A bank will need this copy when you open an account. Some states require a copy when you apply for foreign qualification in a particular state.
  • Out of state filing fees vary depending on the state, it can be anywhere from $100-$400.
  • Here's a link to find the forms to set up a Delaware entity.  State of Delaware - Division of Corporations - New Entities
  • I recommend using an attorney for this process because you'll get sound advice on the amount of shares you should authorize and the price for those shares. A mistake can be VERY costly.


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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Three Reasons why Startups Incorporate in Delaware

Almost 1 million businesses are incorporated in Delaware . Additionally, more then half of all fortune 500 companies are incorporated in Delaware.  Since most founders have a plan for world domination, they tend to follow the path of other successful companies and form their corporations in Delaware, not really understanding why. At the request of many entrepreneurs, I wanted to quickly go over some of the main advantages of incorporating in Delaware...


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    Wednesday, September 23, 2015

    New York State Has Granted Its First Bit License

    Some exciting news has come out of New York state. Circle Internet Financial, The Boston based startup, backed by Goldman Sachs, was officially granted New York’s first “BitLicense”, on September 22, 2015. New York’s BitLicense enables its holders the ability to offer digital currency services to any of its clients or affiliates within the state.

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    Thursday, August 13, 2015

    What are "IP-Box" Regimes?

    What is it?

    Generally speaking, an “IP-Box” regime (sometimes called an “Innovation-Box”) is a country’s grant of a low tax rate on profits made from a company’s intellectual property. The intellectual property covered can include patents, copyrights, and trademarks, depending upon the country. There are also “Patent Box” regimes that are specifically for patents (one of which is specifically discussed below). These tax rates are set by each country and can vary, but even be as low as 5%. Ireland was the first country to create a patent box regime in 2000. Since then, other countries, such as China, Spain, Netherlands, and Belgium, among others, have enacted their own versions.

    Why is it important?

    Many companies make significant profits off the licensing and transfer (sales and assignment) of their intellectual property. Technology, software, and pharmaceutical companies are just some examples of big industries that count IP revenues as a large portion of their profits, specifically those made from their patent holdings.....

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    Sunday, March 22, 2015

    “What is a Benefit Corporation? Should I form one?”

    What is a B Corp?

    Generally, a benefit corporation (commonly called a B Corp) is a corporate entity type that allows the B Corp’s management to make corporate decisions based not only upon maximizing profits, but upon social and public welfare concerns.

    Currently, New York, Delaware, New Jersey, and twenty other states have state law allowing the formation of B Corps. New York provides for B Corps under §1704 of the BCL.

    Forming as a B Corp allows the company’s owners to factor public service and philanthropic concerns that have a “public benefit” into their decision-making. “Public benefit” can include a wide variety of categories of socially conscious endeavors, including...

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    Sunday, February 1, 2015

    Hiring Your First Employee

    After you start your business, you will eventually need to hire someone to help you with the work. This is a momentous occasion in the life of your business. But hiring someone else comes with certain responsibilities, such as withholding payroll taxes and providing health insurance coverage in some cases.

    The first question to ask yourself is: “Is he or she actually an “employee” or an “independent contractor”? It’s important to understand the difference between these two types of workers.... 

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