Traverse Internet Law runs into many web developer/client disputes. Oftentimes the problems are governed by the terms of the contract in place. However, Virginia has passed Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA), which requires web designers and developers to design, build and deliver a project “in accordance with industry standards and practices.”

A Virginia jury recently award $1,138,500 to Blue Line Media, Inc. against its web developer, Redmon Group, for violating this standard of care. At Traverse Internet Law we regularly counsel clients on how to establish appropriate performance standards and measurement benchmarks with an eye towards preventing a project failure.

Traverse Internet Law reports regularly on lawsuits and judgments being entered around the country. And the size of judgments keeps getting bigger and bigger. An Iowa federal judge recently entered a judgment after trial for $236 Million against an alleged spammer, including individual owners. And Facebook just took a judgment for $873 Million against an individual who was misusing its networking services.

Both judgments were taken against individual defendants. At Traverse Internet Law we find that many small businesses believe that if they incorporate their business then only the corporation is liable. This is rarely true. For instance, individuals and managers are often liable personally for trademark infringement, copyright infringement, and a host of other violations. And corporation entities are relatively easy to pierce to get to the individual owners given the informal operations of most small online businesses today. Dozier Internet Law suggests that you not assume that a corporation is much protection at all.