Law Office of Paul H. Spitz – Blog

New California Law Requires Disclosure When Using A Chatbot

June 26th, 2019

Beginning on July 1, 2019, a new California law will require websites that use chatbots to clearly disclose that it is a bot communicating online, and not a person. The use of online chatting with Read More

Opening A Cannabis Dispensary in Ohio

April 25th, 2019

So you want to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Ohio, now that it’s legal? Here’s a rundown of what is involved. Licenses Available At this time, the Ohio medical marijuana program only allows the Read More

Cincinnati Bans Salary History Inquiries

April 4th, 2019

On March 13, 2019, Cincinnati passed an ordinance that bars employers from asking applicants for their salary history. The law is intended to address wage disparity for women and minorities. So far, at least 14 Read More

Why I Charge Consultation Fees

February 15th, 2019

Visitors to the site may have noticed that I've recently started charging a modest consultation fee. There are two reasons for this policy. First, it deters people from booking a consultation and then not showing Read More


December 14th, 2018

Industrial hemp – and the CBDs derived from it – will soon become legal. Congress has just passed the 2018 Farm Bill, which contains important provisions that legalize hemp. The Farm Bill now awaits the Read More

CBDs May Not Be As Legal As You Think

November 28th, 2018

Recent developments regarding CBDs emphasize just how confusing this area of cannabis law and regulation is. In some states it is legal to manufacture and sell products containing CBDs, while in other states, not so Read More

Legal Cannabis and Immigration

November 16th, 2018

This is my very first repost of another lawyer's material. I'm sharing a blog posting by Christopher Pogue, an immigration attorney, on the intersection of legal cannabis and immigration law, particular with respect to immigration Read More

Cap Table Math for Startup Founders

November 7th, 2018

"We want to give Barbara 4% of the company. How many shares is that?" I get questions like that frequently, and once you understand the math, the solution is pretty simple. Hey, I'm a lawyer, Read More

New Corporate Governance Subscription Service

July 26th, 2018

Are you a founder, officer, or major shareholder of a c-corporation? If so, keep reading… Corporate governance – nobody likes doing it, but it’s essential to maintaining your corporation’s liability shield. Also, if neglected or Read More

Vermont Passes Strictest Subscription Renewal Law

July 24th, 2018

Companies that offer subscriptions that renew automatically now have to pay attention to tiny Vermont, which just passed the strictest automatic renewal law in the country. Several states, including California, have laws governing subscription renewals Read More

California’s Subscription Renewal Law About To Change

June 4th, 2018

On July 1, 2018, California's subscription auto-renewal law is about to change in a couple of important ways. This law applies to e-commerce vendors who sell to consumers on a subscription basis, where the subscription Read More

California Adopts New Independent Contractor Test

May 22nd, 2018

In a recent case, the California Supreme Court adopted a new standard for determining when a worker is an independent contractor, and when a worker is an employee. This is a major departure from how Read More