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Corporate espionage is not just a plot device that moves along the plot of James Bond movies, it's also a real thing that actually happens, allegedly at least. A recent class action lawsuit, filed by a ride share driver is alleging that Uber used a top secret spyware program called "Hell" to track Uber drivers that were also driving for their competitor Lyft in order to offer incentives to those drivers to spend more time on Uber than Lyft.

The class action is alleging claims under federal wiretapping, and California's unfair competition and privacy laws. If the allegations are proven, there could be some rather severe consequences for Uber.

Maybe you started a family business because you want to love who you work with, to keep the profits in the family, or to establish a brand that will last generations. Or maybe you were just born into it. Either way, managing family members in the workplace may be very different than maintaining those relationships at home. Especially when financial, corporate, and employment laws are involved.

Here are five tips for managing relatives in a family-run small business, from our archives:

The Americans with Disabilities Act is perhaps the civil rights law that businesses fear the most. Stories abound of businesses that were sued out of existence for violating state disability access laws that mirror the federal law, and most of these stories focus on how a small business was "extorted" out of business by allegedly unscrupulous ADA plaintiffs and lawyers. Rarely do these stories explain that the ADA plaintiffs face discrimination when businesses fail to comply with the law and put in the legally required accessible features.

These attitudes contribute greatly to the continued discrimination, and to make matters worse, over the past few years, businesses have been successful in limiting the rights of access discrimination plaintiffs to bring legal actions under various state laws. Most recently, new legislation signed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will make it more difficult for Americans with Disabilities Act plaintiffs to file lawsuits against businesses with architectural barriers in that state. While many businesses are rejoicing in the new legislation, disability advocacy groups are anything but pleased with the new rules.

Would a small business by any other name be just as successful? When it comes to naming your business, you've got to think about everything from how that name will look with a nice logo to how it will resonate with customers and clients. And you've got some legal considerations, too.

From incorporating and trademarks to website URLs, here's some of our best legal advice for naming a small business, from our archives:

When it comes to the world of 3D printing, businesses that can benefit from the new technology need to be cognizant of the liabilities, which can be numerous. Like nearly every other business, 3D printers might be best served by contracting around those liabilities.

For instance, a company that is only engaged in printing objects according to their customer's design may want to require their customers to sign indemnification agreements before commencing to print. That's because a manufacturer could face exposure to liability for injuries caused by items or products manufactured in their facility, even if the manufacturer had nothing to do with the design.

An Unruh Civil Rights Act lawsuit filed in Orange County, California, against an Albertson's grocery store over a clerk's statement to a customer should serve as a lesson to businesses small and large. That lesson is to train employees how to treat customers with respect and dignity. Implicit racial bias is a real problem that only education and training can help to prevent.

The grocery store is being sued because a clerk asked a customer a rather loaded question about whether the customer planned to pay with food stamps. At first blush, one might not think this statement is discriminatory or offensive. However, the question assumes a fact about a customer based upon a perceived notion of what a person on food stamps looks like.

Small businesses will go to great lengths for good publicity, and even a little bit of backlash can be good for the bottom line. Just take Black Forge Coffee House in Pittsburgh, PA -- the store employs loyalty cards not unlike many food and beverage service stops, with customers getting a hole punched in the card for each purchase and the promise of a free coffee down the line. But while Black Forge's cards may look similar to other businesses' on the front, the back features head shots of politicians and people unpopular with the shop's owners, making every hole punch look like a hole in the head.

Most of the politicians included on the card are Republicans, so it's no surprise that President Donald Trump was included on the latest iteration. But could punching a hole through a miniature printout of the president's be construed as a threat? Or is it all good fun under the First Amendment?

When it comes to accommodating breastfeeding employees, businesses small and large can benefit from having a written policy. Under federal law, employers with 50 or more employees are required to accommodate employees that need to breastfeed during the 12 month period after giving birth, so long as the accommodation does not create an undue hardship on the employer. Furthermore, if your state's laws provide more protection for nursing mothers, or apply to smaller employers, then state law will apply over the federal laws.

However, due to the minimal needs of breastfeeding mothers, as well as the minimal requirements under federal law, creating a policy that not only complies with the law, but also makes your employees happy, is actually rather simple. Generally, an office breastfeeding policy needs to include the following basics:

To the chagrin of many a traveler, airlines continue to insist on overbooking flights, i.e., taking reservations and payment from more passengers than there are seats on the plane. And there are better and worse ways for airlines to handle these dilemmas of their own making.

The first and generally the best way is to bribe ticketholders out of their reservations: waive enough cash, free tickets, airline miles, or hotel rooms at a passenger, and they'll agree to be bumped to a later flight. The last and generally worst thing to do is to send cops onto the flight to drag a doctor out of his seat. Guess which strategy United Airlines went with Sunday night?

Starting a home business can be filled with pitfalls beyond the question of whether or not your productivity suffers if you work in pajamas. Frequently, zoning laws and other rules or regulations will apply to a home business.

Zoning laws limit the way in which land owners and residents can use their own properties. Generally, zoning laws distinguish between residential, commercial, and industrial properties, and can prohibit areas zoned for one use to be used for other uses. Depending on what your home business entails, and how the area where your home is located is zoned, you could face legal consequences for operating a home business.