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  • Ian Ballon Participates in Virtual Roundtable: What You Need to Know About Cybersecurity

    Ian C. Ballon, co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice, participated in a virtual panel on Feb. 25 titled “What You Need to Know About Cybersecurity.” He discussed the growing threat of cyberattack and how businesses can prepare for and prevent security breaches. Click here to read a transcript of the panel,... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 3:34 PM

  • Women Who Wow: Lavinia Calvert

    In this installment of Women Who Wow, get to know Lavinia Calvert, the General Manager of Marketing and Business Development Solutions at Intapp where she is globally responsible for leading the growth strategy and success of Intapp’s Business Development and Marketing solutions business. Intapp serves the technology needs of marketing and business development professionals in the... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 1:34 PM

  • The 4th nominee for the “Worst Employer of 2021” is … the socially distant mass discharger

    Repeat after me. Thou shalt only fire people in person, and never by phone call, email, or text message. If, because of COVID-19, you absolutely must fire someone by Zoom, at least have the decency to turn on your camera and mic. Apparently, the Washington Football Team did not receive this memo. It just mass... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 11:34 AM

  • Seaton: The Montreal Screwjob

    It was November 9, 1997.  Vince McMahon, owner of the World Wrestling Federation, was as nervous as he’d ever been in his life. He was about to fuck over his World Champion on live television and shatter the casual fan’s belief in professional wrestling in an event that would be known decades later as “The... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 11:34 AM

  • Biden DOL Signals Change to Joint Employer Rule

    The US Department of Labor is developing a new regulation on joint employment under the FLSA, a possible first step towards reversing the Trump administration’s business-friendly rule on the joint employer standard. First Public Notice of Possible New Regulation On February 23, the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) posted on its... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • Microsoft Will Add “Nation-State Activity Alerts” to Defender for Microsoft 365

    ZDNet reported on February 8 that Microsoft will be adding a new security alert to the dashboard of Microsoft Defender for Office 365 (formerly Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection) that will notify companies when their employees are being targeted by nation-state threat actors. The feature has been added to the Microsoft 365 roadmap website. The... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • Seventh Circuit Overturns $44.7 Million Jury Verdict Against City in Shooting Incident

    The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently overturned a jury verdict against the City of Chicago awarding $44.7 million in damages relating to a shooting by an off duty police officer. First Midwest Bank as Guardian v. City of Chicago. A Chicago police officer shot his friend during an argument when the two had been... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • Opinions in two cases expected from Iowa Supreme Court Friday

    The Iowa Supreme Court is expected to release opinions in two cases Friday, February 26, 2021. Below are On Brief’s previously published summaries of the cases. Go to On Brief’s Cases in the Pipeline page to read briefs filed with the Court in the appeals.   Clark v. State (previous On Brief summary here) Submitted... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • SEC Acting Chair Directs Study of Climate Change

    Acting Chair Allison Herren Lee directed the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance to “enhance its focus on climate-related disclosure in public company filings.” Presumably this directive is to focus on updating the Commission’s only existing disclosure requirements regarding climate change. Those were, as the Acting Chair stated, passed in 2010 (here). The directive... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • Insurance Services Firm, SPAC Sponsor, and SPAC Execs Hit with Post-deSPAC Securities Suit

    Regular readers know that I have been documenting on this blog the recent rise in securities class action lawsuit filings relating to SPAC entities and transactions (most recently here). Along the way, I have suggested that given the sheer amount of SPAC IPO activity during 2020 and 2021, the volume of this type of litigation... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • Mississippi Gaming Commission Posts Meeting Report for February 2021

    The report for the Mississippi Gaming Commission’s meeting held on February 18, 2021, can be reviewed by clicking here. (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • Share Purchase for $500,000 Required in Accounting Firm Breakup

    Accounting firm is compelled to repurchase the equity of departing shareholder who moved practice to competitor firm. A shareholder agreement that is integrated and intended to be the parties’ complete agreement may preclude a claim for breach of corporate by-laws. A shareholder in an accounting firm organized as a professional corporation did not breach any... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • Employers in Puerto Rico must comply with new breastfeeding room requirements

    By: Janine Guzman  | Mariana Muñiz-Lara Employers in the private and public sector must comply with new breastfeeding room requirements pursuant to a Guideline issued on February 11, 2021 by the Puerto Rico Women’s Solicitor Office (WAO, subsequently; Oficina de la Procuradora de las Mujeres). Although the Guideline was not enacted as a mandatory regulation,... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • Big Announcement: Hague Service Request Automation

    Since the beginning, the primary purpose of this blog has been to educate the practicing bar on the practical application of the Hague Service Convention.  While we’re happy to give away the recipe to the Special Sauce (there’s no secret about this stuff, really), we’ve been lucky to have a whole bunch of great people... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • New Webinar: Writing Contracts for a Post-COVID World

    For over a year, COVID-19 has created immeasurable change to our way of life and the global economy. By now, you have probably already heard of or dealt with contractual disputes—from advertising to insurance and many other fields—related to non-performance caused by the pandemic. While many cases are still being litigated, it is important to... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • Survey Evidence Not Enough to Show Acquired Distinctiveness of Starbuck’s Green Dot on Coffee Cup

    In our overstimulated environment with a plethora of brands, names, and marks, it is difficult for products to stand out. Some businesses, however, have managed to break through the noise by creating marks with lasting impressions on consumers. But there are limits, even for the most well-known brands such as Starbucks. While Starbucks was able... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • The State of Retail

    The state of retail in Minnesota and around the country is a huge question-mark.  The obvious effect of the ongoing COVID restrictions has delivered an unwelcome shock to the operations of even the very best brick and mortar retailers. Nobody can say with confidence when the cloud of uncertainty around COVID and the restrictions on... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • Dr. Seuss/Star Trek Mashup Boldly Goes to Ninth Circuit but Loses Fair Use’s Balancing Act

    An author of Star Trek episodes teamed up with fellow Trekkies at ComicMix LLC to publish Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go!, an illustrated book that combined Star Trek characters with the stories of Dr. Seuss.  Boldly used elements and illustrations from Seuss’s books Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • Injured Truck Drivers Wrongly Called Owner Operators

    Since 2001 we have helped thousands of truck drivers who had questions about Illinois workers compensation law or who needed to find the right legal representation.  There is probably no other industry that is as shady as trucking when it comes to work comp claims. I say that because many trucking outfits are fly by... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • Don’t Let Your Employee’s “Unpaid” Meal Breaks Turn into a Costly Mistake for You

    An unpaid meal break can become a very expensive lunch for an employer, but there are ways to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to try and minimize the risk. Identifying the Potential Problem The problem that results from unpaid meal breaks typically arises like this: Nonexempt employee clocks out for lunch, or... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • Tax Controversy Coronavirus Thought Leadership

    In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the tax controversy group has put together a chart detailing tax controversy-related developments as they arise. Please refer to the following list of tax and tax controversy-related alerts and original articles for additional insight and guidance: Tax Controversy Coronavirus Developments: Court, Federal and State-by-State Updates (Last Updated February 4, 2021) Phase... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • A Century of Data Analytic Research Into Appellate Decision Making

    I’m always surprised when I encounter litigators who dismiss litigation analytics as a passing fad.  In fact, as shown in the reprint post below, it’s a century-long academic enterprise which has produced many hundreds of studies conclusively proving through tens of thousands of pages of analysis the value of data analytics in better understanding how... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • Can Employees Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Injuries While Traveling? It Depends… on So Many Things

    With recent weather happenings leaving much of Ohio covered in varying degrees of snow, ice, and that all-too-familiar gray slush that ensues as it all melts, re-freezes, and melts again, now seems like a good time to discuss the workers’ compensation implications when employees get hurt trying to traverse this sometimes perilous terrain. In Ohio,... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • New York Attorney General Sues to Shutter Cryptocurrency Trading Firm Coinseed

    The Office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James (“NYAG”) has filed a lawsuit to shut down technology company Coinseed.  The state has accused the firm of selling unregistered securities in the form of digital tokens and operating as an unregistered broker-dealer while making material misrepresentations about the company, its management team, and fees charged to... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • Legal Alert: Georgia legislature proposes to eliminate high-tech sales tax exemption

    On February 26, 2021, a subcommittee of the Georgia Ways & Means Committee quickly approved HB 428, which proposes to eliminate the current Georgia sales tax exemption for high-technology companies and facilities that invest at least $15 million in eligible computer equipment in Georgia during a calendar year. The exemption has been available to taxpayers... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Biden Restarts Processing Permanent Residence Visas; Court Weakens Deportation Moratorium; Supreme Court Examines Immigrant “Wealth Test”

    President Biden Ends Restrictions on Permanent Residence Visas On Wednesday, the Biden administration announced it was rescinding a Trump-era order halting the issuance of permanent residence visas to most family members of United States citizens and current permanent residents. The order barred anyone other than the spouse or minor child of a U.S. citizen from... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • Biden’s Trade Policy: USTR Nominee Katherine Tai’s Confirmation Hearing

    On February 25, the Senate Finance Committee held a confirmation hearing for the nominee for the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Katherine Tai. Tai’s strong performance in the hearing demonstrated her poise and a depth of knowledge on the issues. She was well-prepared for Senators’ questions and is likely to receive a swift confirmation in the... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • Will New York Enact a Statute Limiting Non-Compete Agreements for Lower-Salary Employees?

    A recent report issued by the Trade Secrets Committee of the New York City Bar recommends that New York State’s legislature adopt statutory guidelines governing the use of non-compete agreements for lower-salary employees. As explained in the report, statutory limitations on the use of non-compete agreements have been a hot issue in many states and... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • FTC Announces Workshop to Explore Internet “Dark Patterns”

    On April 29, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will host a virtual public workshop to examine the nature and effects of “dark patterns” on online user behavior. “Bringing Dark Patterns to Light: An FTC Workshop” is expected to explore ways in which user interfaces can have the effect, intentionally or unintentionally, of obscuring, subverting,... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM

  • Coronavirus Update 2-26-2021: Adaptability

    Adaptability to change is itself a hallmark of successful education. – Peter Hilton 2020 – 2021 has been a different school year for everyone. My kids are fortunate in that their school, Lake Ridge Academy, has been open for full-time, in-person instruction for the entire school year. There have, however, been key changes in the name of... (See Article)

    Mar 2, 2021 9:35 AM