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Sixth Circuit Tackles “Metaphysical Quandary” Of Design Separability: Rules That Cheerleader Uniform Graphics Are Protected By Copyright

Varsity Brands, Inc. v. Star Athletica, LLC, Case No. 14-5237, 2015 WL 4934282 (6th Cir. Aug. 19, 2015). Addressing a subtle issue of copyright law that has perplexed other district and appeals courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals…more

Former Ohio Deputy Treasurer Extradited to Serve 15 Years in Prison for Role in Bribery and Money Laundering Scheme

On August 26, a former deputy treasurer of Ohio was extradited from Pakistan to serve a 15-year prison term in the U.S. for his involvement in a bribery and money laundering scheme spanning from January 2009 through January 2011…more

HUD’s Proposal to Terminate FHA Insurance Policies Could Terminate the FHA Program

If there is anything that galls servicers of government-insured loans, it is the forfeiture or curtailment of all accrued interest from mortgage insurance claims resulting from the failure to foreclose fast enough within artificially…more

Q&A: Pat Harned, Ph.D. on Ethics and Compliance

In this post, CREATe’s CEO Pamela Passman talks with Patricia Harned, chief executive officer of the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI). ECI empowers its members in the ethics and compliance community to operate at the highest levels…more

Breaking LinkedIn News: Who’s Ready For Business Chat?

LinkedIn just announced what I think is a smart, long overdue messaging and chat feature that will help users communicate faster and more efficiently. If you’ve ever tried to go into your LinkedIn “email” box to send and receive…more

Why Lawyers Should Choose a Google Certified Marketing Agency

When it comes to digital marketing agencies, lawyers have a lot of choices out there. A unique phenomenon with the internet and the rise of online marketing is that there are few entities that can officially validate the knowledge an…more

Health Insurers Announce Merger Plans; Congress Announces Intention to Review

In the last few months, several of the largest commercial health insurers in the nation have announced their intentions to merge. First, Aetna (currently the nation’s third largest health insurer by revenue) announced its intention to…more

Settlement Proceeds: When Does Cash Become Quasi Real Estate?

Farmer v. Citizens Nat’l Bank of Athens (In re Davis), 528 B.R. 757 (Bankr. E.D. Tenn. 2015) – A chapter 7 trustee sought a court determination that the trustee had a superior claim to settlement proceeds arising from damage to…more

Work-Related Text Messages on Personal Cell Phones Are Public Records Says WA Supreme Court

From Washington, D.C. to Washington state, the manner in which government officials and employees create and store business records is making headlines. The latest development is a unanimous decision of the Washington Supreme Court…more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESCB Reports on the Access of CCPs to Central Bank Liquidity Facilities under EMIR - On August 25, 2015, the European Central Bank (ECB) published a report by the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) on the need for any measure…more

USPTO Introduces Second Wave of PTAB Rule Changes

On August 20, 2015, the US Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) issued a Proposed Rule containing amendments to the Rules of Practice governing proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). This proposed rule…more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - August 2015

Third Circuit Affirms FTC’s Authority Over Cybersecurity: In the Wyndham case, the Third Circuit affirmed that the FTC has the authority to regulate cybersecurity under Section 5 of the FTC Act, and that the language of the act…more

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