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The magic of professional gravitas

Since I started this column nearly three years ago, I have discussed a variety of topics which address the evolution of the legal profession and the disruptive forces profoundly changing the way in which we practice law. Together…more

In re Astex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. S'holders Litig., Consol. C.A. No. 8917-VCL (Del. Ch. Aug. 25, 2014) (Laster, V.C.)

The Delaware Court of Chancery denied a request by the parties to enter a proposed order withdrawing plaintiffs’ counsel’s request for the Court to retain jurisdiction to determine an award of attorneys’ fees and closing a stockholder…more

Important changes to Italian mandatory tender offer Rules

The Decreto Competitività (as converted into Law with amendments, the “Decree”), published on August 20, 2014, in the Italian Official Gazette (Gazzetta Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana), has made some important changes to the…more

Choosing a Trademark

Two-Fold Purpose of Trademarks - Customers know a business and its goods and services by its trademarks. Trademarks are source identifiers that indicate the origin of goods or services in the marketplace and distinguish them from…more

The USPTO Issues Guidelines for Subject Matter Eligibility in view of the Supreme Court's Myriad and Prometheus Decisions

The U.S. Supreme Court's decisions in Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. (Myriad) and Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories (Prometheus), and its subsequent interpretations of 35 U.S.C. §101, have sparked…more

Don’t Litter, Eh?

The Toronto Globe and Mail recently reported on a clever anti-littering campaign that was launched and quickly aborted in Toronto due to trademark concerns. The premise for the campaign was to take wrappers and packaging from some…more

Sine Die Die Die!

Sine Die, folks! The North Carolina General Assembly has adjourned until a new legislature convenes January 14, 2015 with the members elected this November…more

Think twice before asking for “any and all” documents

Before I get to the topic at hand, allow me a brief rant. Can anyone explain how the phrase “any and all documents” (typically used in Rule 34 request for documents) covers any document not covered by a a request for “all documents” or…more

FLSA Exemptions And "Overtime Rights"

We continue to follow developments relating to President Obama's directive that the U.S. Labor Department "modernize and streamline" its regulations governing the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13(a)(1) executive…more

New Law Aims to Limit Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Burdens for Money Transmitters

On August 8, 2014, President Obama signed into law a bipartisan measure, The Money Remittances Improvement Act of 2014, that allows the Secretary of the Treasury to rely on state supervisory agency examinations covering compliance with…more

HUD PIH issues Equal Access Rule implementation guidance

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) recently issued PIH 2014-20 (PIH Notice) providing guidance to public housing authorities (PHAs), PHA affiliates and instrumentalities, mixed-finance owners and owners of Section…more

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