Business / Law

 A 1927 version of "The Everyday Song Book", part of the University of Pittsburgh's Special Collections, is the "smoking-gun" evidence that the 1893 ditty "Happy Birthday to You" should be free for public use and not subject to copyright restrictions, lawyers say.

Pitt library songbook key to lawsuit over ‘Happy Birthday’ rights

A songbook found at Pitt shows that “Happy Birthday” isn’t copyrighted, lawyers say, calling it the “smoking gun” in a long legal dispute.

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Rebranding ‘not just for the big guys’

Midsize firms should center on a unified message that sets the firm apart from its competition.

2 days ago

Business Workshop: Vacant or occupied?

Mortgage lenders of a property up for tax sale had better pay close attention to whether the house is vacant or occupied when it is sold.

2 days ago

Elder Law: So much for 'reactive' estate planning

Julian Gray and Frank Petrich discuss the right time to contact an elder law attorney.

4 days ago

Lawyers cautioned on ‘cashing in’ on gay marriage ruling

It’s issues like this that have family law lawyers warning against just any attorney claiming expertise in the area of LGBT legal affairs.

1 week ago

Business Workshop: Employers must file amended petition every time H-1B worker moves

Employers that don’t file an amended H-1B petition should be prepared that the government may revoke the visa.

1 week ago

 Joseph Dougherty, left, will become CEO of Downtown Pittsburgh law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Roone effective June 2016, succeeding current CEO John "Jack" Barbour, right, who will transition to the role of executive chairman.

Buchanan Ingersoll names new CEO-elect

Joseph A. Dougherty will succeed John “Jack” Barbour as the firm’s CEO, managing director and chairman of the board effective June 2016.

1 week ago

Business Workshop: Consumers trust family businesses

Consumers trust family businesses a whopping 30 percent more than they trust large corporations.

2 weeks ago

 Jeff Fox, of Finleyville, Pa., signs off after his drug testing with Kelly Wilhelm at a construction site in the Uptown section of Pittsburgh. Fox is a carpenter with Easley & Rivers Construction of Monroeville. Wilhelm is with Mobile Medical Corp., a Bethel Park drug-testing company.

As marijuana attitudes ease, workplace drug testing companies brace for fight

Businesses and drug testing companies expect more challenges as state laws increasingly clash with federal policy on marijuana use.

2 weeks ago

Business Workshop: Minimum wage may cover more ground than thought

Many employers may not realize that they are federal subcontractors.

3 weeks ago

Supreme Court’s mandatory minimum ruling viewed as ‘game-changer’

The state Supreme Court’s decision leaves the question of whether these schemes will return in the hands of the General Assembly.

1 month ago

Business Workshop: Top court gives firms new class-action shield

Two Supreme Court decisions remind businesses about the power of contracts.

1 month ago