Law Office of Paul H. Spitz – Blog

Celebrity Endorsements and Social Media

May 2nd, 2017

If you follow any celebrities or sports stars on social media, you may have seen one of them endorsing or promoting a product. Just the other day, Katy Perry posted a photo of herself on Read More

New Federal Law Prohibits “Anti-Yelp” Contract Terms

January 20th, 2017

Congress recently passed a new law that restricts a company’s ability to include an “anti-Yelp” type of non-disparagement provision in a standardized contract. The new law, called the Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016,” is Read More

Copyright Office To Require Online Registration of DMCA Agents

November 8th, 2016

If you have a website with any user-generated content, you want to take full advantage of the protection provided by the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). This has two components. The first is posting (and Read More

Medical Marijuana Now Legal In Ohio

October 11th, 2016

Ohio’s new medical marijuana law recently took effect, on September 8, 2016. This law, passed by the Ohio legislature, followed a failed ballot initiative that would have legalized marijuana in Ohio for recreational use, as Read More

Does Your Uber Driver Make Any Money?

August 22nd, 2016

Today one of my twitter followers, and someone I actually know from the startup community here in Cincinnati, posted an interesting tweet: “I always open up my @Uber/@lyft email receipts, wincing at the long ride Read More

Why Should I Use You Instead of Legalzoom or Clerky?

April 11th, 2016

“Why should I use you to set up my business, instead of Legalzoom or Clerky? You cost more money.” I get that question occasionally from clients, and I usually answer by explaining that all those Read More

Startup Financing Is Not A DIY Project

April 8th, 2016

There are projects that are easy enough for a smart startup founder to take on, and then there are projects that are simply too complex, and which require the help of an experienced lawyer. Financings, Read More

Delaware Franchise Taxes – Read This Before You Pay!

January 26th, 2016

If you have a startup incorporated in Delaware, this is franchise tax season. Your franchise taxes for 2015 are due by March 1. Before you do anything, you need to read this post. There are Read More

New Exemption for Sales of Restricted Stock

December 30th, 2015

President Obama signed legislation this month that creates a new, explicit exemption for private resales of restricted and control securities. The legislation, contained in Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act), will make it Read More

If I Lie To My Lawyer, Will It Save Me Money?

November 19th, 2015

Not a chance. Even so, I occasionally find a client or prospect holding back important information, presumably because they think it will complicate the project and cost them more money. But that’s exactly why it Read More


November 9th, 2015

On October 30, the SEC took another shot at legalizing equity crowdfunding, by passing final regulations that are much more streamlined and simpler than the original regulations. The new regulations will take effect sometime next Read More

Website Protection from Copyright Infringement Claims

August 19th, 2015

If you operate a website, you may have to worry about copyright infringement claims. This is particularly true if you have a blog, or if you allow visitors to post photographs, music clips, videos, or Read More