Focal in the News
The Road to DMCA Takedown Liability – CrossFit v. Alvies – Intellectual Property Brief (February 8, 2014)
James Dean Twitter Account Sparks Lawsuit By Licensing Company – Online Media Daily (February 10, 2014)
Website’s snarky use of exec’s photo leads to infringement suit against Google – ABA Journal (January 10, 2014)
Is Gmail Wiretapping? Federal Court Considers how Internet Companies can Read our Email - SingularityHUB (October 8, 2013)
CAN SPAM Issues in Zoobuh V. Better Broadcasting - CircleID (June 11, 2013)
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Tip of the Month
Are you Forming Inadvertent Contracts via Email?
Businesses and individuals must be aware that their emails may form an inadvertent, enforceable contract, or amend an existing written agreement. Consider the following when you are crafting your emails with others.
1. Avoid unconditional statements or promises.
2. Use contract terms such as “offer,” “agree,” and “accept” carefully.
3. Be sure to give context in your emails when they are preceded by oral communications.
4. Indicate when proposed terms are subject to contingencies (such as board approval)
5. Correct any ambiguous emails before they can be acted upon.
6. For particularly sensitive topics, consider forgoing the email and having an oral discussion.
Read more about Inadvertent Contract Formation in this article.
In the Community
Using Social Media in Your Practice – Legal Issues and Risks 2014: JANUARY 14th – 12:00-1:00pm
At this CLE program on the legal issues and risks of using social media in your law practice, Venka Balasubramani and other experts will teach you about the best practices, challenges, damage control, and sources of possible liability exposure in this new era of virtual communities.
ACLU of Washington’s High School Student Conference on Civil Liberties: Focal was happy to help out by presenting in the ACLU of Washington’s high school student conference on civil liberties.
University of Washington’s Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC): Focal PLLC is proud to be participating in the University of Washington’s Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC). You can find more information about the ELC here.