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Disclaimer: This article is not legal advice. It is intended to give a bit of background information about the state action requirement for First Amendment claims. Each case is different, and there are tactical considerations about when to sue and what claims to bring. For legal advice applicable to your specific situation, always contact an attorney licensed in your state.

What is the State Action Requirement to Make a First Amendment Claim?

The United States Constitution is primarily concerned with issues regarding which branches of government have authority over certain matters, and specifying procedures for conduct and limitations of government power. Individual rights are provided for in the Bill of Rights and other amendments to the Constitution, including the First Amendment.

Employment Discrimination Claims in Tennessee

Authored by Paul Tennison, Law Clerk, Cole Law Group, P.C.

Disclaimer: This article is not legal advice and is only intended to give a bit of background information about employment discrimination law under Federal and Tennessee statutes. Each employment discrimination case is different, and there are tactical considerations about when to sue and what claims to bring. For legal advice applicable to your specific situation, always contact an attorney licensed in your state.

Imagine you are driving home after work. You slow down to stop for a red light and suddenly, everything goes black. You come to and realize another driver hit you from behind.

These situations are unfortunately common thanks to unsafe behaviors like distracted driving and following too closely. In fact, more than a million rear-end collisions occur every year. However, while it may be obvious who is to blame for these crashes, the extent of the damage they cause can be much less clear.

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When you have a great new idea for your business, you should take the steps to protect it from theft. There are too many competitors who would leap at the opportunity to snatch a great idea from another inventor. Inventors must take the initiative to safeguard their intellectual property.

Figuring out how to adequately protect your intellectual property can be a daunting process. The best place to start is to understand the three major types of intellectual property protection. Read on to learn whether these forms of legal protection may be right for your invention.

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As 2017 winds down, people are looking back at their past year. Was it a good one? What could improve next year?

For parents sharing joint custody, now is a good time to reflect on how the past year went for them and their children to ask the same questions: What is working? What isn’t? Was time divided equitably?

Before making New Year’s resolutions, start to think about how you can resolve to have a smooth custody plan in 2017.

Intellectual property has become a hot-button issue for many businesses. Intellectual property is usually associated with the tech industry, but it is actually a crucial tool for companies in many fields. The fact that intellectual property rights are so important makes them a lightning rod for litigation.

If you are involved in an intellectual copyright dispute, you are certainly not the first. There is a long history of complex and contentious disputes involving intellectual property, from Barbie dolls to Sir Isaac Newton. Here, we will examine ten of them.

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Many people will attempt to form startups, but only a few will succeed. When it comes to business formation, there is sometimes an intangible factor that can contribute to success or failure: Entrepreneurship. Sometimes the risk factors that come with forming a startup can be mitigated only by a great entrepreneur.

The founder of a startup must act not only as the business owner, but as an innovator. Not everyone can have this talent. So how can you tell whether you have what it takes? Read on to see whether entrepreneurship is right for you.

You’re a self-starter

This week, Equifax reported in on the costs associated with its massive data breach. As you’ll recall, the data breach exposed personal information from approximately 145 million Americans. The company’s CEO stepped down less than three weeks after the hack.

Shortly after taking over, interim CEO Paulino do Rego Barros, Jr., apologized and promised consumers a new credit monitoring tool in 2018 which will allow people to lock and unlock their Equifax credit files at will.

On a conference call on Friday, Barros apologized again and said that executives will not receive bonuses this year. On Thursday, the company announced that its third-quarter profits were down 27 percent. On top of that, it recorded $87.5 million last quarter in costs related to the breach and it expects to write down another $60 to $75 million this quarter.

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.

Uber rejected the settlement offer as a non-starter, according to Reuters.

“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.

In fact, a recent survey by AIG found that only 39 percent of U.S. residents believe that driverless vehicles will operate more safely than those driven by human beings. The results were about even on whether the respondents were comfortable with sharing the road with an autonomous vehicle. Forty-two percent said they were, while 41 percent said they were not.

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