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Intellectual Property Law
USPTO to Introduce CLE and Membership Dues?
March 19, 2019

Late last summer, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office raised the possibility of instituting annual Patent Enrollment Fees for members of the patent bar. The idea is evidently to fund the patent bar’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline, as well as enhance the level of legal education for practitioners. The dues were proposed at an upper level of $410 per […]

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Business and Corporation
Third Tesla Whistle-blower Piles Misery on Musk
March 19, 2019

It is indeed a tangled story. It was June 2018 when Business Insider printed details about dangers and inefficiencies costing millions at Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory, which makes the batteries for electric cars. The presumed whistleblower was former worker Martin Tripp. Tesla sued Tripp, for allegedly creating hacking software to steal Tesla data. Tripp countersued, denying the accusations and claiming […]

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Employment Law
Waving Goodbye to Walmart Greeters? Hello, ADA Challenges
March 04, 2019

On April 25, front-door greeters will be out of their jobs at about 1,000 U.S. Walmart stores, unless they are physically able to handle more demanding job duties. The new “customer host” position will include duties such as security, cart retrieval, or customer assistance (lifting up to 25 lbs. and working with ladders required), and […]

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Legal
New in 2019: North Carolina Bar Requires CLE in IT or Cybersecurity
March 04, 2019

Attorneys must know how technology is changing the delivery of legal services to people. Thus, last year the North Carolina Bar decided to require a technology CLE Credit, joining a new trend of bar associations requiring CLE studies on topics from social messaging to cybersecurity. In 2012, Model Rule 1.1 of the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of […]

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White Collar Crime
CBS Execs Accused of Insider Trading: Is Any Company Safe?
February 19, 2019

Multiple CBS Corporation execs engaged in insider trading just before the news came out about sexual harassment accusations against former CEO and Chair Leslie Moonves. This is the claim of a shareholder lawsuit against the company naming Moonves as one of the alleged traders. Inside Edition? Also accused in the lawsuit are Joe Ianniello, the acting CEO; the company’s chief accountant; and […]

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Legal
Illinois Supreme Court Tightens MCLE Rules
February 19, 2019

Illinois attorneys in active status must keep up their professional training, in a requirement known as Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE). The Illinois Supreme Court this year amended key MCLE Rules, narrowing exemptions and markedly tightening reporting requirements. Amended Rule 791 (effective 1 March 2019): Judges, magistrates, judges’ secretaries, and law clerks have been exempt from CLE requirements insofar as […]

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Legal
California to Audit All Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Attendance
February 04, 2019

California attorneys in active status must keep up their legal training, in a requirement known as Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE). Every three years, California lawyers need to show they’ve completed 25 CLE hours. California takes the matter seriously. Topics covered address bias in the legal profession, legal ethics, substance abuse, and mental wellness. And now, the California Bar is considering updating compliance […]

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Sports/Entertainment Law
The Super Bowl or The Big Game? The Biggest Trophy Is the Brand
February 04, 2019

Did you watch The Big Game on Sunday, February 3? If you’re a fan, you probably know why most advertisers don’t simply call it The Super Bowl. As Colbert famously pointed out with the “Superb Owl” routine, Super Bowl is a trademark, registered by the NFL. The NFL is known to sue over “counterfeit” shirts copying NFL team names or proprietary gear designs. […]

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International Trade Law
China Is Ready for U.S. Imports. Trade War Won?
January 24, 2019

Is China ready to reduce the U.S. trade deficit of $323 billion to zero? This month, Bloomberg News reported that Chinese officials, during talks with U.S. trade reps in Beijing, have offered a six-year increase in imports. The offer involves China raising the annual import of U.S. goods by at least $1 trillion. The change would set the U.S. on track to […]

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Legal
SEC Filings Stolen and Used in $4.1 Million Insider Trading Scheme
January 24, 2019

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey has indicted two twenty-something Ukrainians for computer hacking and securities fraud. Their target: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Their scheme: Trading on companies’ private financial information before the details were known in the market. How they attacked: The cyber attacks included phishing schemes and the use of malware to infect SEC computers. When they obtained the information they sought, […]

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