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California MCLE Audit: Keep Calm, Stay Compliant, and Carry On
December 12, 2019

Continuing Legal Education compliance auditors sent out dozens of emails sent from the California Bar, raising alarm bells with attorneys, and causing confusion about requirements. More than a hundred lawyers received audit notifications. Some, to their surprise, were deemed noncompliant. Panic is understandable. The state bar has recently adopted a policy of slapping “consumer alerts” on the bar profiles of lawyers on involuntary inactive status due to noncompliance. […]

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Intellectual Property Law
Super Safe or Uber Creepy? Uber Starts Recording Rides
December 05, 2019

Uber is testing a recording system in some Brazilian and Mexican cities, where recordings could be given to the police, Reuters observes. Both countries have high levels of serious violence on the roads, including killings. But the company’s on a collision course with privacy groups as it spreads the concept in the United States—a mission already underway in Texas, Florida and Tennessee. Uber often […]

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Employment/Labor Law
McDonald’s Settles Away a Labor Black Eye in California
December 04, 2019

California has long been known as a frontier of liberalism versus the rest of the country. Highly pro-union, democratic-leaning and pushing boundaries on individual rights, the western state has frequently been the poster child of everything far left in the country, figuratively and literally. So it’s a bit of a surprise to find a case […]

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Technology
Security Flaws on Samsung and Google Phones Cause “Biometric Headache”
October 21, 2019

The whole point of biometric security features are in their inherent uniqueness, it’s almost impossible to break. Much of said uniqueness is based on a biological feature only the individual user has, such as a fingerprint or an eye pupil pattern. However, while some of the big smartphone providers such as Google, Samsung, and Apple […]

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Legal
Colorado’s December MCLE Deadline: What Attorneys Should Know
October 21, 2019

The Colorado deadline for Continuing Legal Education credits is fast approaching. Colorado attorneys need 45 CLE hours by December 31, as a 3-year compliance cycle draws to a close. Good news. All 45 hours can be done online. Pursuant to C.R.C.P. 250.2: The total of 45 must include 7 hours of legal ethics. Attorneys must […]

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Legal
The New “Asbestos Racket”: Is Baby Powder the Face of Class Action?
October 21, 2019

What’s today’s big news in class-action litigation? Baby powder. Johnson & Johnson CFO Joseph Wolk has lamented that talc is now the face of class-action litigation. The anti-talc lawsuit business has grown into a $36 billion industry, Wolk said during the corporation’s third-quarter earnings call. Making matters worse is a current powder recall after the FDA found […]

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Intellectual Property Law
Is Apple a “Trademark Bully”? iOS 13 Feature Triggers Suit
October 09, 2019

Two different companies may not own the same trademark for the same thing. Don’t worry. Someone’s breaking the news to Apple. Multiple companies may register a trademark on a word—but only in different industries. So, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office suspended Apple’s second attempt to register a trademark on Memoji, already held by another tech industry company, […]

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Cyber Security
Zynga Seems to Fall Flat for Words Acknowledging a Breach
October 09, 2019

If you’re the type who likes app games on your smartphone, there’s a good chance you’ve probably played or at least heard of “Words With Friends.” Among the many digital hits app game maker, Zynga has generated online, Words With Friends has been a social success spanning generations due to its Scrabble-similar format of word […]

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Legal
The Texas MCLE Deadline: What You Need to Know
October 09, 2019

Texas lawyers might not be especially fond of birthdays. The deadline for complying with CLE requirements in Texas is the last day of the lawyer’s birthday month. Texas attorneys have a grace period, lasting only until the end of their birthday month, to get the 15 hours of CLE done and reported. After the grace period, expect monthly fines for the following three […]

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Legal
So, You Missed Your MCLE Deadline. What’s Next?
September 03, 2019

It’s not unusual for attorneys to miss their Continuing Legal Education deadlines. Here we discuss how attorneys handle missed deadlines—and offer some pointers for staying out of the penalty box. What Are the Typical MCLE Grace Periods? Your bar association website shows you state’s late filing process. Within a certain period, your state might accept late submissions without imposing penalties. If you […]

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