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Secret Recipes: Fracking Fluid Fracas

Several of our previous posts have covered the trade secrets implications of laws that require disclosure of hydraulic fracturing fluid ingredients. As today’s method of hydraulic fracturing combined with horizontal drilling...more

Copyright in Survey Plans

As a follow-up to our earlier post about Copyright in House Plans, an class action case is proceeding in Ontario on the subject of ownership of copyright in survey plans. In the course of their work, land surveyors in Ontario...more

Settlement Reached in Wyoming Fracking Disclosure Lawsuit: Heavier Burden of Proof for Companies Claiming Trade Secret or...

As we’ve previously discussed, a patchwork of state regulations requiring disclosure of chemicals used in fracking have been enacted by several states in recent years. One such regulation was by the State of Wyoming. While...more

Supreme Court Update: T-Mobile V. City Of Roswell (13-975), Hana Financial, Inc. V. Hana Bank (13-1211), Gelboim V. Bank Of...

Greetings, Court Fans! What began as a trickle of decisions from the Court's October sitting has swiftly burgeoned into a flood. Yesterday, the Court announced decisions in three more cases, on top of the three decisions...more

Weekly Wrap Up

Promises kept: we're starting to see the General Assembly narrow its focus as they promised before this Short Session convened in May. House and Senate calendars are stacked with similar bills including committee work and...more

When Judges Met Jazz: The First Decade Of Jazz Law

In honor of African American Music Appreciation Month, sometimes known as Black Music Month, we recall the first judicial decisions in which jazz music was the subject of a legal dispute. Although jazz originated in the late...more

Concerns about BLM’s Failure to Protect Trade Secrets Headline Rulemaking Comments

When the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) issued its Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to hydraulic fracturing on federal lands on May 16, 2013, it believed that it had struck a balance between industry and...more

Finally -- Rules Governing Horizontal Well Development

On April 12, 2013, the West Virginia Legislature passed Senate Bill 243 which contained, among other West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) rules, the Rules Governing Horizontal Well Development 35-8...more

BLM Revises Proposed Rule on Hydraulic Fracturing

On May 16, 2013, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) issued a revised proposed rule regarding hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands for oil and gas production....more

BLM Issues New Draft Fracking Regulations

On Thursday, May 16, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued its lasted proposed fracking regulations. The proposed regulations would require wider disclosure of fracking chemicals. The regulations also require water...more

Liquor Law Update -- May 2013

In This Issue: Employee Tip Pools: Dive In With Caution; Ahhh…Spring; and The Ska/Duclaw Trademark Dispute Over Euphoria, Trademark Lessons for the Craft Brewer Excerpt from Employee Tip Pools: Dive In With...more

A Murality Play

Public wall murals have been the subject of much attention recently. Legislators for Los Angeles, considered the “mural capital of the world”, are reviewing a proposed city ordinance to preserve vintage art murals and to...more

Legal Alert: Damon Key's quarterly update - Social Media for Lawyers, IP issues, and Bankruptcy update

Here's our firm's latest Legal Alert, a quarterly publication covering issues such as social media for lawyers, Intellectual Property and trademarks, bankruptcy, and eminent domain. ...more

Better Way to Broker - Is your commercial real estate broker leaving up to 15% of savings on the table?

Research shows that commercial real estate agents and brokers have a dismal reputation, and it’s getting worse. The overriding assumption is that there’s an alignment of interests between the broker, as...more

Manatt Sports: Maryland's Bad Track Record

No sooner did the ink dry on my celebration of the 25th anniversary of the erstwhile Baltimore Colts' midnight departure to Indianapolis, when Maryland has provided us with more eminent domain related stuff for our gristmill....more

How Asking One Fundamental Business Question Can Reduce Expense and Improve the Business Outcome of Your Company’s Patent...

Most corporate managers greatly dislike the patent litigation process and will try to avoid involvement in patent lawsuits. This article posits that a fundamental flaw in existing patent litigation is that business managers...more

LAW: Advertising Brand Names Used in Your Building Project: How to Avoid Trademark Infringement, By Parna Mehrbani

Every building project has several components: the land, the labor, and perhaps most importantly, the products used. Purchasers may be drawn to your project because of the quality of the products used to build and furbish it....more

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