BC Business Law Blog

Meldon Ellis of Ellis Business Lawyers comments on recent legal developments of interest to British Columbia's small and mid-sized business community. His office location is: #440-319 West Pender Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 1T3. TEL: 604.688.7374 or 604.671.7374. Email: meldon@ellislawyers.com

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Meldon Ellis interviewed by CBC News




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That's what happened to Meldon Ellis, now a lawyer.  He was working for a tech company a number of years ago when a client launched a vicious online attack.  The posts with the lies were always the first to come up in a Google search.  They made it appear as though Ellis was involved in fraud. He had to answer questions about those posts for years in business meetings and job interviews. 


Ellis eventually won a defamation suit and had a court order forcing Google to remove the questionable links.  But the best thing he says he did was take charge of his online reputation. 


"Jealously guard and protect your web profile and consider that as an asset and not allow it to
get into the hands of someone who can wreak havoc on your reputation." Meldon Ellis Ellis built his own website and updated it regularly.  He approved stories about him online, moving those further up the Google search list.  Over time the defamatory stories were moved down and were lower on search rankings.


He had to do this a few years ago on his own.  Now there are companies who will do it for you for about 15 hundred dollars. 


Most people think they're not interesting enough to have an online attack or anything harmful come up on a search.  Most people are right. But for anyone applying for work, looking for a promotion, or even looking to join and/or lead a volunteer organization, check what your online reputation is, and make efforts to change it if need be.


On a personal note, journalists are used to comments and complaints made about them, or their work.  It's part of our job.  But not part of the job for those who don't put themselves in front of the public. 

Monday, October 26, 2009

Meldon Ellis Comments to Vancouver Sun on "Hotel hikes room rates on Olympic tourists"

Hotel hikes room rates on Olympic tourists

Guaranteed price not being honoured by former Quality Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel


The former Quality Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel has been stripped of its Quality Inn franchise, leaving hundreds of customers who made guaranteed bookings for the 2010 Olympic Games facing stiff price increases to retain their rooms. Read full article here. 


BY RANDY SHORE, CANWEST NEWS SERVICE OCTOBER 26, 2009
 

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Ellis Business Lawyers - Successfully Resolves Major Commercial Disputes

Ellis Business Lawyers have successfully resolved a number of major commercial disputes, including: 


  • Representing a BC and Alberta, Canada wine distributor who was terminated, as the distributor, of the most successful wine brand in North America. There were four law firms on the other side, three in Australia and one here in British Columbia. Resolved within 6 months of opening the file, through mediation, in October, 2008;
  • Representing an Ontario-based licensor of specialized fire fighting products in a trademark infringement and unpaid royalty. Resolved by litigation and negotiation in April 2009; and,
  • Representing shareholders in an ownership dispute. Resolved through a combination of a court hearing and negotiation in July 2009.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Meldon Ellis (Ellis Business Lawyers) Organizes Corporate Structure & Negotiation

(Vancouver, British Columbia) Thursday, September 17, 2009. Ellis Business Lawyers (EBL) Principal Meldon Ellis, successfully organized the Corporate structure and negotiated a long term lease on behalf of a restaurant/entertainment company based in Vancouver, BC.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Harvey Meller - Closes the Sale of Promotions & Marketing Company

(Vancouver, British Columbia) Tuesday, September 01, 2009 Ellis Business Lawyers (EBL) Associate, Harvey Meller, successfully advised and closed the sale of a business on behalf of a Denver, Colorado based promotions and marketing company to a BC based Buyer.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

EBL - Advises on Purchase of Business

(Vancouver, British Columbia) Tuesday, September 01, 2009 Ellis Business Lawyers (EBL) Associate, Harvey Meller, successfully advised two BC based entrepreneurs on a variety of issues associated with the purchase of businesses in the hospitality and entertainment industry.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Ellis Business Lawyers - Successfully establishes new Corporation on behalf of a Toronto, Ontario based Technology Company.

(Vancouver, British Columbia) Tuesday, September 01, 2009 Ellis Business Lawyers (EBL) Associate, Harvey Meller, successfully established a new Corporation on behalf of a Toronto, Ontario based Technology company. The client was advised on leveraging higher deposit insurance with Credit Unions.

Ellis Business Lawyers - Establishes new Corporation for Silicon Valley, California based Technology Company.

(Vancouver, British Columbia) Tuesday, September 01, 2009 Ellis Business Lawyers (EBL) Associate, Harvey Meller, successfully established a new Corporation on behalf of a Silicon Valley, California based Technology company, and provided the client various advise on their cross marketing border legal issues.