Blackletter

Blackletter

This podcast brings famously experienced business people, lawyers, accountants, and anyone else in the realm of business to the table to share personal experiences that have shaped their business and to talk about how to handle black letter issues in creative ways. Every business is subject to so-called blackletter laws. Blackletter laws are the well-established legal rules that are no longer subject to reasonable dispute. Originally, "blackletter" was the Gothic type-style which was used to set forth the law in England until the mid 18th century. It was originally used so commoners couldn't understand the laws.

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August 14, 2022 2 min
In today's social media world, the risk of defamatory content and false statements reaching a broad audience has increased tremendously. In this episode Tom discusses the importance of understanding the landscape of online defamation and defamation law.
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A U.S. Appeals Court on Friday upheld rules set by he Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requiring drones to have remote identification technology to enable their identification from the ground. Listen in as Tom covers the decision and offers his perspective as a licensed pilot.
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August 4, 2022 16 min
Could segmenting in a new line of business launch your company into greater success? On this episode of the Blackletter podcast, host Tom Dunlap begins its eighth season with an interview with Erik Olson from Array Digital. Erik is a professional marketer, website developer, content creator, and CEO of a digital marketing company. However, his professional journey took several twists and turns to end up where it is today. His comp...
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Tune in this week to hear Tom discuss the Recent decision that orders new patent cases filed in Judge Alan Albright's Waco court to be split between Albright and the district's other 11 judges, effectively ending a policy that has allowed Albright's court to host nearly a quarter of all pending U.S. patent cases.
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This week Tom takes a look at the Swiss' bomb shelter law and also debunks the internet rumor of a law on flushing toilets after 10pm. Join us as we learn why it is mandatory for every house to have a fallout shelter and if there is anyway around this law when building a house.
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The Blackletter Podcast has gone over many topics throughout its seventh season, including lawsuits, finance, talent acquisition, recruitment, marketing, and more. So to wrap up season seven, this final episode features some important segments from this season's episodes, combined into one informative show. Listen to learn advice from the podcast's educational interviews as esteemed guests share their personal experiences a...
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July 17, 2022 2 min
The ban on chewing gum in Singapore is one of the most unusual laws from around the world. It goes hand in hand with stringent laws on litter and graffiti. The law, which came into force in 1992, means that anyone importing, selling or making gum in Singapore faces a fine or even jail time. Tune in as we unpack the reason for the law and the newest version which allows for prescription use only.
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This week we revisit the copyright case between Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" and Flame's "Joyful noise". This year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided that Katy Perry’s song did not infringe because the musical components at issue were not protectable under copyright law. They held that the common musical notes in “Joyful Noise” lacked the originality required for copyright protection. T...
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July 7, 2022 7 min
What are the best pieces of advice for organizations seeking new talent? On this episode of the Blackletter podcast, Tom Dunlap wraps up his 3 part conversation with Christine Nichlos, CEO of talent acquisition company People Science. Christine shares with Tom and listeners her three key pieces of advice businesses and organizations should follow to recruit top talent that fits their mission and brand. Together she and Tom address ...
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June 26, 2022 2 min
Happy the elephant made history on Tuesday. She may be intelligent and deserving of compassion, but she cannot be considered a person being illegally confined to the Bronx Zoo, New York's top court ruled Tuesday. In a closely watched case that tested the boundaries of applying human rights to animals, a writ of habeas corpus is intended to protect the liberty of human beings and does not apply to a nonhuman animal like Happy.
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June 23, 2022 14 min
How can businesses adjust their recruitment and retention strategies to survive post-pandemic workforce challenges? On this episode of the Blackletter podcast, Tom Dunlap continues his conversation with Christine Nichlos, CEO of talent acquisition company People Science. Together they discuss the significant business challenges affecting organizations today and how changes in practice can help them overcome these hurdles. Christine...
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The law of the United States is largely derived from the common law system of English law. What is the main difference in the American rule and the English rule in settling court costs? This morning Tom goes into the differences and requirements for each party to pay, win or loss.
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June 12, 2022 3 min
The law of the United States is largely derived from the common law system of English law. This morning Tom goes into the history of stare decisis or precedent and further detail on the five sources of United States law: : constitutional law, statutory law, treaties, administrative regulations, and the common law.
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How can businesses successfully acquire and retain talent amidst the Great Resignation? On this episode of the Blackletter podcast, Tom Dunlap speaks with Christine Nichlos to discuss the best talent acquisition methods to practice in 2022. In our post-pandemic world, businesses need to be proactive and strategic in how they approach talent acquisition. Tom begins his three-episode interview with Christine by asking her to share he...
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June 5, 2022 3 min
While royals still have to follow most of the laws that govern the commoner, there are a few pieces of legislation that simply don't apply to them. On today's episode, Tom discusses the few laws that the royals don't have to follow such as speed limits, passports, taxes, jury duty and custody of descendants.
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Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.
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According to Will Russel, there is no one rule to success, so what advice can he offer to new entrepreneurs? On this episode of the Blackletter podcast, Tom Dunlap asks Will Russell what tips and tricks he has learned to succeed in business through his company Russell Marketing. In this final session of their three-part interview, Will addresses this question by sharing important takeaways he has gained throughout his career. While...
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May 22, 2022 1 min
 Ukraine saw its first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier end Monday with a life sentence. The judge pronounced Sergeant Shishimarin guilty of violating the laws and customs of war and of committing premeditated murder. Monday's outcome sets a significant legal precedent for the conflict that has featured the deliberate targeting of civilians. The verdict represents a milestone in Ukraine’s attempts to hold Russia and i...
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May 15, 2022 4 min
The foundation of all U.S. laws come from the Constitution - a document that was written over 200 years ago. Things have changed since then. The challenges faced by our country and the world are vastly different today. With the recent debate of Roe vs Wade and the constitution, we take a look at an important question: How do we apply the principles in the constitution to our current-day legal issues? Interpreting the Constitutio...
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May 12, 2022 19 min
What factors determine whether a product launch campaign will thrive on the market or fail? On this episode of the Blackletter podcast, Tom Dunlap continues his conversation with Will Russell, founder of Russell Marketing. In this second of three sessions, Will shares the two things he believes are most important when launching a product that will be successful on the market. First, he speaks about how sellers can validate the pote...
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