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One of the first decisions a potential business owner must make before getting a company underway is determining which legal structure best suits the business model. It’s a decision that could have substantial tax consequences if not taken seriously, said Adam Weitzel, owner of Business Law Group on Cascade Avenue. “The cost for breaking up […]
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George K., a 70-year-old Colorado Springs resident, recently got a call from a man who said he was with Microsoft. George (not his real name) said the man seemed legitimate and told George he needed access to his computer so he could update it. At one point during the process, he removed $30,000 from George’s […]
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Before choosing a restaurant or retailer, it’s estimated that about 89 percent of consumers first read reviews of local businesses. That number jumps to 95 percent for people ages 18-34, according to last year’s Local Consumer Review Survey by Bright Local, an integrated SEO and local citation platform company. “Reviews are the new word of […]
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The more the merrier shouldn’t translate to employee alcohol consumption at this year’s holiday party. Limiting the number of cocktails consumed is the key to hosting a safe office party, said Elizabeth Milito, senior executive counsel at the National Federation of Independent Business’ Small Business Legal Center. “If I could give one piece of advice […]
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When it comes to chatting in the break room, two Colorado-based employment lawyers advise employees to leave politics out of the conversation. “I would say more often than not I would recommend that employers try to avoid having their employees talk about politics at work,” said Evan Withrow, an attorney with the Employers Council in […]
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Colorado Springs businesswoman Lisabeth Melahn will serve 366 days in federal prison for willfully filing a false income tax return, according to a news release sent by U.S. Attorney John Walsh and IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Stephen Boyd.  Melahn, 54, was sentenced March 22 in Denver. She appeared at the hearing free […]
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Chase Bank NSA and Chase Bankcard Services Inc. reached a $136 million agreement with Colorado and 46 other states to settle allegations that the company employed unlawful debt-collection practices, including “robot-signing” affidavits to collect $4.5 billion in credit card debt. “Chase’s debt collection practices valued profits-from-volume at the expense of its consumers,” said Attorney General […]
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Last year, high-intensity fitness company CrossFit Inc. sued the Colorado Springs-based National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) for false advertising and unfair competition regarding an article printed in NSCA’s Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Among many positive comments about CrossFit training, the article included what CrossFit claims is a false stereotype. Russell Berger, CrossFit […]
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By Bryan Grossman bryan.grossman@csbj.com Everyone is a critic in today’s world. The Internet has provided the majority of the planet’s population with the opportunity to share opinions, valid or not, globally and instantly. Each day people add to the archive of electronic opinion, often as consumers. As a result, proprietors, customers and the law are […]
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“Not one person has gotten away,” bondsman Bobby Brown says from his secured office,  once a home just south of downtown Colorado Springs. Brown sits behind a large desk; photos of family and friends (some recognizable to the general public, others only to those close to him) line the walls and nearly any other available […]
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While growing up in Kentucky, John Buckley III set three goals for himself: attend the Air Force Academy, become a fighter pilot and get a law degree from Harvard. The Colorado Springs-based attorney is batting a perfect three-for-three. “Where I come from, you don’t get to do that,” the principal of Buckley Law said of […]
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By Dave Smith editorial@csbj.com You don’t expect it, but circumstances can change and life can get out of hand. People may spiral swiftly downward until their issues require a visit to the county courthouse. It can be an imposing place for stouthearted adults and much more so for children. During court sessions, things are said, […]
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