Analysis of the law and recent legislation and court decisions impacting the electronic security industry.
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When and how should indemnity contracts be applied in the alarm industry?
Ken Kirschenbaum · April 22, 2016
Some business, including security companies, are trying to lure in new customers with offers of "no contracts," only to see the terms and conditions that coincide with the offer. These kinds of tactics are risky from a legal perspective.
Ken Kirschenbaum · March 31, 2016
Without automatic renewal, alarm services would (or at least should) terminate abruptly. The consequences of such termination of services for fire alarm protection, personal emergency response, environmental alarms and intrusion alarms expose not only the subscriber but the alarm company.
Ken Kirschenbaum · February 25, 2016
Continuing to use outdated alarm contract forms is almost as bad as continuing to sell and install obsolete alarm systems, argues SSI columnist Ken Kirschenbaum.
Ken Kirschenbaum · January 14, 2016
Security Sales & Integration's "Legal Briefing" guest columnist Jesse Kirschenbaum explains why money collections may bog security alarm companies down deeper.
By Jesse Kirschenbaum · August 03, 2015
Security Sales & Integration
's "Legal Briefing" columnist Ken Kirschenbaum discusses new details security systems integrators need to consider about automatic renewal provisions.
Ken Kirschenbaum · July 08, 2015
Security Sales & Integration's "Legal Briefing" columnist Ken Kirschenbaum discusses how security systems integrators can classify alarm equipment for tax purposes.
Ken Kirschenbaum · June 09, 2015
Is a fire marshal, an authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), allowed to modify the fire code in a municipality without an amendment to the fire code? Security Sales & Integration columnist Ken Kirschebaum discusses in the latest "Legal Briefing" column.
Ken Kirschenbaum · May 06, 2015
Security dealers need to be prepared with answers when subscribers object to automatic renewal. Security Sales & Integration’s “Legal Briefing” columnist Ken Kirschenbaum teaches dealers how to respond.
Ken Kirschenbaum · April 09, 2015
Are you considering entering the do-it-yourself (DIY) alarm business? Security Sales & Integration's Legal Briefing Legal Briefing columnist Ken Kirchenbaum considers caveats to the lure of the DIY alarm business. and
Ken Kirschenbaum · March 11, 2015
SSI's Legal Briefing columnist Ken Kirschenbaum discusses a class action lawsuit that claims ADT’s wireless systems are easily hacked by unauthorized third parties. Kirschenbaum warns small electronic security firms that while ADT may prevail in the lawsuit, most companies would be financially hard pressed to defend themselves.
Ken Kirschenbaum · January 08, 2015
Subscriber contracts hold the key to company valuations.
Ken Kirschenbaum · December 17, 2014
SSI's "Legal Briefing" columnist Ken Kirschenbaum offers electronic security contractors recommendations for retaining renewals and recurring monthly revenue.
Ken Kirschenbaum · November 20, 2014
If security system integrators are offering mobile personal response systems (mPERS) to their clients, they need to be aware of the laws that require the safeguarding of personal medical information, specifically HIPAA Security, Privacy and Breach Notification Rules.
Ken Kirschenbaum · November 18, 2014
Security alarm companies need to make sure that the fine print on contracts expresses clear, concise and unmistakable language for consumers to understand.
Ken Kirschenbaum · October 27, 2014