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Where is the Internet?

Is the Internet a place? Apparently, no one’s entirely sure, but one federal appeals court has asked the California Supreme Court to figure it out in the context of a lawsuit that is pending against Cable News Network…more

| Civil Rights, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Science,...

Labor Board Says College Athletes Are "Employees" Who Can Unionize

Sometimes, the wrongheadedness of the National Labor Relations Board is just astounding. Today, a regional director of that agency ruled that Northwestern University athletes are actually employees of the school and should be…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Education, Labor & Employment Law

DHHS Gearing Up to Begin HIPAA Audits of Business Associates

The office of US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recentlyannounced plans to perform "pre-audit" HIPAA compliance surveys of 800 Covered Entities and 400 Business Associates. Under the Health…more

| Privacy, Health

FAQ for North Carolina Product Liability Claims

Product liability law in North Carolina encompasses many of the same common law elements as most other personal injury claims, but it is unique in that it is governed by a detailed statutory code. The North Carolina Product…more

| Products Liability

President Obama to Order Expansion of Overtime Pay

President Obama is expected to issue an order today directing the Department of Labor to expand the number of people who qualify for overtime pay under federal labor law. According to reports in the Washington Post and other…more

| Labor & Employment Law

Non-Trucking Liability Policies: Application and Exclusion

Introduction - A policy of non-trucking liability coverage generally applies when a vehicle is being operated for a non-trucking use. If a driver is operating a vehicle in the business of a motor carrier then the motor…more

| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Personal Injury, Insurance

What All Professionals Can Learn from the New England Patriots

Full disclosure: I am a Carolina Panthers fan and had the good fortune to be at the game on Monday night. If you follow pro football, even casually, you have heard or seen the replay of the controversial call/no call at the end…more

| Law Practice Products & Services

So You’re Hanging A Shingle, Now What?

Recently, a distraught business owner came to me in desperation. He had identified an area of need in the market and had just the expertise to fill it. An industry insider, he had contacts in place and was ready to hit the…more

| Business Organizations

“CRASH!” What to Do After a Construction Site Accident

Unfortunately, construction site accidents are a reality that even the most careful of contractors and subcontractors may encounter. While the time immediately following an accident can be chaotic, keeping a level head and…more

| Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation

Choosing A Strong Trademark

You’ve got a great business idea, you’ve done your research and due diligence and can’t wait to enter the great American business ring. But what do you call this new company or product or service? This query is often the first…more

| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

N. C. Employers Barred From Asking About Expunged Criminal Records

Soon, employers in North Carolina no longer will be allowed to ask potential employees about arrests, criminal charges, or convictions that have been expunged. A new law takes effect on December 1, 2013, and prohibits inquiries…more

| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

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