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Waymo sends Uber a startling settlement bid in trade secrets case

If you've been following the case of Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo vs. Uber Technologies, Inc., you may know that it's a bit of a horse race. Observers say it's hard to gauge which company has the stronger claim because much of the evidence has been filed under seal. However, the judge hearing the case said last week that Uber's "product is dissimilar" from Waymo's.

After a series of pre-trial victories, however, Waymo just made a settlement offer that appears to indicate a growing confidence in its situation. It demanded over $1 billion in damages, an independent monitor to ensure Uber doesn't use Waymo technology going forward, and a public apology.

What might stop Americans from buying driverless vehicles?

"Risk does not disappear - it shifts from humans to machines," points out a spokesperson for the insurer American International Group, Inc. (AIG).

That describes a lot of Americans' attitude toward self-driving vehicles. They might very well be capable of cutting the accident rate significantly, but that may not be enough to encourage people to buy one. People would need to believe that an autonomous vehicle would reduce their own chance of being in an accident -- and they're not.

New Equifax CEO offers 'total apology,' free lifetime control

After a data breach that affected some 143 million U.S. consumers and a series of missteps in the aftermath, Equifax has named a new interim CEO: Paulino do Rego Barros, Jr. In an op-ed piece for The Wall Street Journal, Barros said he wanted to express his "sincere and total apology" that the credit reporting agency had failed to live up to expectations.

He also announced that Equifax will offer a new credit monitoring tool in the future, which should be available by Jan. 31, 2018. According to NPR, Barros wrote that "the service we are developing will let consumers easily lock and unlock access to their Equifax credit files. You will be able to do this at will. It will be reliable, safe and simple. Most significantly, the service will be offered free, for life."

How are S corporations taxed?

When you first set up a new business, it is important to consider the legal structure that you want to put in place. You might choose to work as a sole proprietor, in a partnership, or you might opt for setting up a limited liability company (LLC). If you do choose to set up an LLC, the tax implications will depend largely on whether it is an S corporation or a C corporation.

This blog will provide a brief overview into the tax implications of having an S corporation in relation to having a C corporation.

How do I write a corporate bylaw?

Bylaws must be created during the formation of any new corporation. They should not be confused with articles of incorporation, which refer to a much more general description of what the business is.

Bylaws are a detailed set of guidelines that you have full control of. They are created to determine what your corporation is designed to do, and what your limits of service are. It's a code that can always be followed by any corporation manager.

Why no divorce decree is ever final

It's finally done. You've spent months negotiating custody, support and property division, and the judge has signed off. You couldn't be happier and are eager to move on with your life. But is there is a possibility you could end up in court again?

When children are involved in a divorce, you can be almost certain that, as the years pass, there will be changes to your original agreement. Just as you are likely to have changes in your job, income, and even your residence, your kids' schedules and lives change, too. With that, new arrangements need to made, old decisions need to be reconsidered.

How to evolve your relationship with your ex after divorce

When the divorce proceedings are over and done with, a transformation has to take place where you can establish your "new normal" with your ex. If you have children together, this will be especially important. You should make every effort to ensure some sense of stability for the children, so that they know that both parents are working together to support them.

This blog will provide a brief introduction to some tips to ensure that your post divorce relationship with your ex is a strong, stable and supportive one.

Post divorce: How can I keep a parent-child relationship?

Relationships commonly fail, and although it is never ideal to separate a family unit with young children involved, it's often a harsh reality and the best possible option for all parties involved. Once you've come to terms with the fact that a divorce is going to take place, probably the most important steps is to ensure that your child or children experience a smooth transition.

This article will provide a brief overview on how to know whether your child is coping well with the dramatic change, and how to find the new normal in your relationship with your child now that you may not have full custody of him or her.

Who pays for school tuition after divorce?

Going through a divorce with kids of a school age can be extremely tough. You will want to ensure that their lives remain as normal and as stable as possible through the whole transition. So one of the first priorities is to ensure that their school life goes uninterrupted. If your children are enrolled at a private school, then the question naturally arises as to which spouse will take on the burden of the private school tuition fees going forward.

This blog will offer a brief overview into what the law says about divorcing parents and child support in relation to private school tuition fees.

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