Making Your Passion Your Paycheck: Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs

Whether your passion is rock climbing, camping, skiing, yoga or scuba diving, starting a company that combines your passion with the opportunity to pay your bills can be exciting and overwhelming. Perhaps the scariest part of any such endeavor is that we simply cannot know what we don’t know. One place where entrepreneurs struggle to …

CBP to Ban Imports Made by North Korean Workers Regardless of Location

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that it will block imports of goods that were produced with North Korean labor even though North Korean workers were employed outside of North Korea. The announcement was made after reports that Chinese-processed seafood Americans buy at Walmart, ALDI, and other stores has been produced with North …

Perils of Using Social Media to Run Promotions

Social media has become a preferred medium for operators to disseminate information and sell their products/services, connect with their customers and strengthen their brand. With this availability and convenience, also comes numerous unforeseen opportunities to run afoul of the law (e.g., violations of gambling prohibitions, FCC/FTC guidelines, necessary official rules provisions and state registration/bonding requirements). …

Drafting and Negotiating Distribution Agreements: Common Mistakes that Lead to Litigation

Distribution partnerships, like marriages, are entered into during a period of optimism and excitement. You have a great product and you found the right partner who will help you take it to the masses. It’s a relationship that will last a lifetime, right? Maybe. As with any relationship, failure to communicate expectations or poorly communicating …

Outdoor Retailer Announces Move to Denver

According to The Denver Post, Colorado has succeeded in its efforts to capture the summer and winter Outdoor Retailer trade shows – a huge boon to Denver, the host city of the trade shows starting in 2018, and underscoring the importance of the outdoor recreation economy overall and to Colorado in particular: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/05/outdoor-retailer-trade-shows-denver-confirmed/. The trade …

The Outdoor Recreation Economy

The Outdoor Recreation Economy

This morning, the Outdoor Industry Association released its latest Outdoor Recreation Economy Report in connection with its annual Capitol Summit in Washington D.C., and the numbers are HUGE:  https://outdoorindustry.org/resource/2017-outdoor-recreation-economy-report/  The report estimates that the outdoor recreation economy generates $887 billion in annual consumer spending, $65.3 billion in federal tax revenue and an additional $59.2 billion …

Riding Your e-Bike ‘wherever’ you want?

E-bike Doug Tumminello

Bike ride, anyone?  Electric bicycles – e-bikes – are quickly growing in popularity as technology improves and prices fall, and regulations are working to catch up.  Currently, a patchwork of laws, regulations, and even definitions abound, confusing what types of bikes can be used where.  Generally, e-bikes, which have an integrated electric motor for propulsion, …