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The only way to truly protect your business from a product liability claim: Don’t make, sell, promote, or have anything to do with any products. Unfortunately, that advice just doesn’t work for many businesses, particularly those that have the primary purpose of manufacturing products.

However, startups big and small can take certain actions to limit exposure and risks related to product liability claims.

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.

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.

Over the last few decades, electronic music has grown at an electrifying rate. Now, all someone needs to qualify as a musician is a computer and some software to mix up songs other people made.

Capitalizing on the changing times, a new startup is hoping to mix up the music world of remixing by bringing order to the current chaos. The company, MetaPop, has created a new platform for not just the fans and creators of remixes, but also for the music labels that spend countless dollars on lawyers trying to enforce their copyrights.

Running a brick and mortar business is ripe with pitfalls. On top of ensuring the premises are safe for everyone, accessible to those with disabilities, and meets the business's goals, many business owners wonder about their legal obligation in terms of providing customers with a restroom.

State and local laws and regulations lay out the minimum physical requirements for what a business's public accommodation must provide. So, whether your business must provide a public restroom for customer will depend on where your business is located.

The legal marijuana industry did almost $7 billion in sales in 2016, meaning more than a few entrepreneurs are wondering how they can get in on the bud boom. At the moment, though, conflicting state and federal drug laws can make navigating new cannabiz opportunities a bit tricky.

So if you're looking to get a marijuana startup off the ground, here are a few legal issues you'll want to consider first.

Starting July 17, 2017, a new immigration program to the United States will be available for international entrepreneurs that meet certain qualifications. The program is geared toward allowing startup founders to temporarily reside and work in the US in order to manage rapidly growing startup businesses. It is aptly called the International Entrepreneur Rule.

One of the major purposes behind the new International Entrepreneur Rule is to provide temporary immigration relief for international entrepreneurs whose immigration into the country would provide for a public benefit to the US, such as through US job creation. Basically, this provides an avenue for entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to start their businesses in the US.

The World Wide Web is the wild wild west for intellectual property. Those esoteric concepts of copyrights and trademarks and patents often fall by the wayside for businesses looking to promote their business, or maybe even get their start, both online, and in the real world. Photos, videos, and other content are easily steal-able online, and just because it's easy, that doesn't make it legal. As such, businesses do need to be careful when selecting which photos and what type of media they want to use for promotional purposes.

If you're building your own website, or your web designer is asking you for photos, you can't just go and download any photo you see online. Even if you want to use a photo posted to Facebook, Twitter, or Yelp, on your website, you could face legal liability if you do not get permission from the photographer or from the website the photo is posted to. Luckily, social media makes it rather easy to contact users via in-site messaging.

The beginning of a new year is a perfect time for business owners, especially new business owners in partnerships, to take a step back and make sure everything is in order. A lot can change over the course of a year, and the beginning of the year is a good time to look at where you, as a business owner, are personally vulnerable to losing your ownership interest. Conversely, if a business partner has not been living up to their end of the partnership, it may be time to squeeze them out.

One of the most important documents business owners often overlook is their buy-sell agreement. A buy-sell agreement is typically the document that controls when a business partner can be bought out, or can sell their interest. They can also be viewed as business wills, or a succession plan of sorts. Frequently, for partnerships and joint ownerships, there are triggering mechanisms in these agreements that enable owners to sell their interests or be bought out only by other owners.

There's a reason it's called a "startup" and not a "wait and see." You've got your vision and you want to take it to market as soon as possible. But before you launch, there may be one or two legal considerations to take into account.

So if you're looking to launch the next unicorn, here are some tips to get your ducks in a row first: