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Think About Copyright Registration for That New Website Before You Even Hire the Web Developer

Many businesses fail to recognize that their original website content is valuable intellectual property and fail to take steps to adequately protect that content from being stolen or misused by a competitor. With little cost...more

Washington’s Increased Counterfeiting Prosecutions May Signal It’s Time to Reconsider Your Company’s IP Enforcement Strategy

Originally published in InsideCounsel.com on July 25, 2012. Introduction - Intellectual property crimes are on the rise because they are highly lucrative and historically there has been little criminal enforcement...more

Ninth Circuit rejects class action settlement, clarifies standards for cy pres remedies and plaintiff counsel's attorneys' fees

In the recently published decision Dennis v. Kellogg Company, No. 11-55674, 2012 WL 2870128 (9th Cir. July 13, 2012), the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court’s approval of a purported $10.64 million settlement between...more

Groups Sponsoring Electioneering Communications Must Disclose All Donors Pending Appeal of District Court Order

Advocacy groups and trade associations that fund political advertisements may be compelled to make heightened donor disclosures as a result of recent litigation. The expanded disclosure requirements apply to “electioneering...more

Can Internet-Based Membership Programs Be Illegal Pyramid Schemes?

In a decision that could have substantial implications for many Internet-based businesses, on March 14, 2012, a federal court in California enjoined the operation of a web-based promoter of websites and provider of digital...more

10 Lessons from the Verizon Cases at the State Corporation Commission

In December of 2009, Verizon Communication, Inc.’s two “baby bell” subsidiaries in Virginia (Verizon Virginia, Inc. and Verizon South, Inc. — collectively, “Verizon”) filed applications to correct erroneous assessments of...more

Proteceting Your Professional Reputation as an Asset

Given the power of the internet and the unmistakable reach and shelf life of a digital complaint to hurt you, it’s more important than ever to both have and defend a professional reputation. Complaints are often...more

UK Supreme Court: Joseph -v- Spiller, a new defence of honest comment in defamation proceedings

The United Kingdom Supreme Court restates the 'fair comment' defence to defamation claims as 'honest comment', relaxing the requirement to provide readers with all of the facts necessary to allow them to judge themselves...more

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