Thursday, July 1, 2010
War at its best is
barbarism. Every attempt to make war easy and safe will
result in humiliation and disaster.
--William Tecumseh Sherman Though he said these words nearly
a century and a half ago, General Sherman’s comments apply equally
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Your friendly Indianapolis attorney at Alerding Castor Hewitt LLP
here with a quick follow up on my first blog regarding collections
for our business law, technology law, and SaaS law clients. A
link to that post is listed below for those interested. One of our
Saas law clients recently obtained a...
Friday, May 28, 2010
I am an Indianapolis Attorney here at Alerding Castor Hewitt
LLP. This is my first blog post – so bear with me. As a
brief introduction, my role at ACH is working on our litigation
team, both at trial and on appeal if necessary, on issues related
to business law, probate litigation, SaaS...
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I recently read a summary of a lecture on applying the seven deadly
sins to software development. The sins are: Lust
Obsessive or excessive thoughts Gluttony Over-indulgence,
over-consumption Greed A sin of excess like lust and gluttony, but
in reference to wealth Sloth Laziness, indifference,...
Monday, April 26, 2010
You might wonder why an Indiana law firm with a practice
in several areas of technology (Indiana Internet
Litigation, SaaS Legal Consulting to name just two) finds
itself supporting a golf outing that raises money for
adoption? "As a firm that prides itself on supporting the
local community, we...
Monday, April 12, 2010
Your friendly neighborhood technology counsel here: The
Indiana Supreme Court recently discussed the ability of a lay
witness to provide "expert" opinions in Sibbing v.
Cave, 922 N.E.2d 594 (Ind. 2010). In that case,
counsel asked the plaintiff what she believed caused her pain.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Your friendly neighborhood technology lawyer here: As
you know, I'm a bit of a technophile and I've been watching the
iPad craze with interest. There are other similar products
that will be inundating the market in the near future (HP Slate and
the one that I'm watching with anticipation, Notion...
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Your friendly neighborhood technology legal counsel here for Part 2
of my riveting analysis of the dreaded "venue-selection
clause" In Part 1, I scared you with the reality that when
you absently click, "I agree" you are very likely binding yourself
to litigate any dispute in a location that is...
Thursday, March 11, 2010
There is a good article on the Mercury News Blog today on How
dot-com start-ups have changed 10 years later. The article
addresses the maturity of both technology companies and
US private equity investors over the last decade. It is
an interesting read. There has been a lot of activity in...
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Congratulations are in order to Brian Hewitt, the newest parter of
Alerding Castor Hewitt, LLP, who was recognized this week as one of
Indiana's 2010 top 50 Super Lawyers.Brian concentrates his practice
on estate, trust, and guardianship planning, administration, and
litigation; and mediation and...
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I have taken a few weeks off of blogging. Honestly, I felt
like I needed the break, but I am excited about getting back on the
saddle and writing again.Since it has been a few weeks, let me give
a brief update on what we have been up to. Alerding Castor
Hewitt has had an exciting beginning to...
Thursday, February 4, 2010
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Hewitt LLP is pleased to announce that Michael Alerding, a partner
at the firm, has been named to the...
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
For SaaS companies, the customer agreement is critical.
Why? A SaaS relationship is not a 1-time purchase of software
to be installed. The SaaS customer agreement is a
document which will govern (what you hope will be) a long-term
relationship with your client. It must cover the software
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Closing in on the end of 2009 I have to say that I am quite
pleased with the commitment Indiana showed this year to be a State
that supports and promotes innovation, entreprenuership and
business growth. This week I had breakfast with Larry O'Connor,
Executive Director of Butler University's...
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The other day I wrote a post on my reasons not to use the term
"affiliates" in licensing agreement negotiations. See post
here. My general point is that the term has no common meaning
in the law and may create ambiguity in the contact. I addressed
several different definitions of the term in laws,...
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
New technology businesses usually face two hurdles to get their
product to market. The first is proof of concept. The
second is proof of scale. Both are intended to solve the
“Ability” stage of the business plan process and move the business
into the "Meeting" stage:Recognition of Market ->...
Monday, November 23, 2009
What are your metrics for business success? I attended a
non-profit board meeting this past week where the directors were
working through this question - "How do we measure
success?" A common metric that was discussed was # of
volunteers in the organization in ___ years. Although
this metric does...
Friday, November 20, 2009
There are several business blogs that I follow. Most of these
are written by SaaS law / Internet law clients of mine or other
Indiana businesses in technology industries. Lately I have
been falling behind on them. This morning I am trying to
catch up. I came across a very good, brief video on...
Monday, November 16, 2009
The following post by Pat Horgan of Palidan Associates was printed
on the E-Sourcing Forum a couple of weeks ago. Even though
the post applies particularly to sourcing professionals, the
concepts are excellent for most contract
negotiations.NEGOTIATING TIPSContract Document ControlIn