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199 Main Street
PO Box 190
Burlington, Vermont 05402-0190, United States
Contact: Heidi Meyer-Bothling, Administrative Manager
Phone: 802-863-2375
Fax: 802-862-7512
Areas of Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Personal Injury
  • Privacy
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Taxation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Vermont
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

News From Our Own Vermont Backyard: Proposed Legislation On Password Privacy And Ownership Of Inventions

Last month the Vermont Legislature kicked off its 2013-2014 Legislative Session, and already a couple of bills have our attention here at the IP Stone…more

Assignment of Inventions, Injunctions, Inventions, Ownership of Works, Passwords

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DRM client prevails in important Vermont business law appeal precluding “gotcha contracts.”

On December 9, 2016, the Vermont Supreme Court issued a decision in an important business law case involving the question of when negotiations on the sale of a business (or other contract) reach the point where a binding…more

Appeals, Contract Negotiations, Contract Terms, Dismissals, Reversal

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Update-Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Oracle v. Google Appeal

On June 29, 2015 the US Supreme Court decided to turn down Google’s request to hear its appeal of the Federal Circuit’s ruling from a year ago, that Oracle’s declaring code for pre-programmed Java routines is eligible for…more

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20MW Project Planned for Ludlow, Cavendish, VT

On behalf of Coolidge Solar I, LLC, renewable energy Attorney Kimberly Hayden submitted a petition for a Certificate of Public Good to the Vermont Public Service Board to construct a solar photovoltaic generating facility of up…more

Clean Power Plan, Electricity, Energy Sector, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy

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2017 Vermont Legislative Session | The Year in Review - DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team Final Analysis

A May 18th adjournment brought to a close the first half of the 74th biennial session of the Vermont General Assembly. Drama awaits as Gov. Phil Scott has threatened to veto H.518, the fiscal year 2018 budget, over an unrelated…more

ACOs, Affordable Housing, Biologics, Carbon Taxes, Cell Towers

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Volkswagen Class Action Update

Proposed settlement filed in Volkswagen class action - The class plaintiffs, the government and VW filed a proposed settlement agreement in court yesterday. I wanted to provide you with a copy of the proposed settlement…more

Auto Manufacturers, Automotive Industry, Buyback Programs, Carbon Emissions, Class Action

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Labor & Employment Law | New NLRB "Ambush" Election Rules

The new rules substantially limit the time between the filing of a petition and the election; substantially increase the burden on the employer to provide information and substantially shorten the time an employer has in which…more

Ambush Election Rules, Employee Handbooks, Employment Policies, NLRB, Union Elections

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NLRB Strikes Down Hospital's Rule Prohibiting Negativity and Gossip Among Employees

In its continuing trend to foray into non-union workplaces, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) struck down another neutral and common employment policy. On April 1, 2014, in Hills and Dales Gen. Hosp.,…more

Code of Conduct, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Hills and Dales, Hospitals

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Captive Insurance Update | Issue No. 1 | 2017 - A summary of state and federal developments in the captive insurance industry

Changes at the Top - Republican Phil Scott was elected Governor of Vermont in November 2016, having previously served as Lieutenant Governor for six years. Governor Scott has re-appointed Michael Pieciak to serve as the…more

Affordable Housing, Captive Insurance Company, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Financial Services Industry

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VT Supreme Court Upholds PSB Approval of Bennington Tower

On November 19, 2015, the Vermont Supreme Court decided in favor of VTel Wireless, Inc. and upheld the Public Service Board’s approval of a telecommunications tower in Bennington, Vermont. This decision marks only the second…more

Aesthetic Functionality, Cell Towers, Telecommunications, VT Supreme Court, Wireless Industry

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NLRB Strikes Down Hospital's Rule Prohibiting Negativity and Gossip Among Employees

In its continuing trend to foray into non-union workplaces, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) struck down another neutral and common employment policy. On April 1, 2014, in Hills and Dales Gen. Hosp.,…more

Code of Conduct, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Hills and Dales, Hospitals

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Who Let The Dogs Out? Barking About Whether To “Unleash” Patent Lawyer Is Not Privileged.

Characterizing Out RAGE LLC’s position as reflecting “a Pavlovian reaction that any communication in which the word ‘lawyer’ or ‘attorney’ is mentioned is the bell that causes the dog named Privilege to salivate” a federal judge…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Confidential Communications

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Pun Marks Are Fun Marks! Then Why Is Chewy Vuiton OK, But Not Ben & Cherry’s?

Last year a California porn studio, Caballero Video, paid dubious homage to Ben & Jerry’s® (“B&J”) when it launched a “Ben & Cherry’s” film series. Even the less explicit titles in the series, such as BOSTON CREAM THIGH and…more

Infringement, Parody, Trade Dress, Trademarks

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2017 Vermont Legislative Session | The Year in Review - DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team Final Analysis

A May 18th adjournment brought to a close the first half of the 74th biennial session of the Vermont General Assembly. Drama awaits as Gov. Phil Scott has threatened to veto H.518, the fiscal year 2018 budget, over an unrelated…more

ACOs, Affordable Housing, Biologics, Carbon Taxes, Cell Towers

See all updates »

NLRB Strikes Down Hospital's Rule Prohibiting Negativity and Gossip Among Employees

In its continuing trend to foray into non-union workplaces, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) struck down another neutral and common employment policy. On April 1, 2014, in Hills and Dales Gen. Hosp.,…more

Code of Conduct, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Hills and Dales, Hospitals

See all updates »

20MW Project Planned for Ludlow, Cavendish, VT

On behalf of Coolidge Solar I, LLC, renewable energy Attorney Kimberly Hayden submitted a petition for a Certificate of Public Good to the Vermont Public Service Board to construct a solar photovoltaic generating facility of up…more

Clean Power Plan, Electricity, Energy Sector, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy

See all updates »

Volkswagen Class Action Update

Proposed settlement filed in Volkswagen class action - The class plaintiffs, the government and VW filed a proposed settlement agreement in court yesterday. I wanted to provide you with a copy of the proposed settlement…more

Auto Manufacturers, Automotive Industry, Buyback Programs, Carbon Emissions, Class Action

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2017 Vermont Legislative Session | The Year in Review - DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team Final Analysis

A May 18th adjournment brought to a close the first half of the 74th biennial session of the Vermont General Assembly. Drama awaits as Gov. Phil Scott has threatened to veto H.518, the fiscal year 2018 budget, over an unrelated…more

ACOs, Affordable Housing, Biologics, Carbon Taxes, Cell Towers

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Can your social media contacts be a trade secret of your employer? Maybe.

This is a relatively new legal subject, so there isn’t much law out there.  In December, 2011, a Pennsylvania federal court answered this question in the negative.  In the case of Eagle v. Morgan, Linda Eagle, the founder of a…more

Contacts List, Former Employee, LinkedIn, Misappropriation, Popular

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VT Supreme Court Upholds PSB Approval of Bennington Tower

On November 19, 2015, the Vermont Supreme Court decided in favor of VTel Wireless, Inc. and upheld the Public Service Board’s approval of a telecommunications tower in Bennington, Vermont. This decision marks only the second…more

Aesthetic Functionality, Cell Towers, Telecommunications, VT Supreme Court, Wireless Industry

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On Your Marks, Get Set…. AIA First-To-File Officially Takes Off On March 16, But The Race To File Patent Applications Has Already Begun

The America Invents Act or “AIA” was signed into law by President Obama on September 16, 2011. After an eighteen month waiting period, on March 16, 2013, two months from today, the US patent system officially changes to a first…more

America Invents Act, First-to-File, Patent Reform, Patents, Prior Art

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Vermont Approves Legislation Prohibiting Bad Faith Patent Infringement Claims

The Vermont House and Senate have approved a first-in-the-nation bill that provides a legal tool for Vermont companies who face extortionate claims of patent infringement from “patent trolls.”…more

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20MW Project Planned for Ludlow, Cavendish, VT

On behalf of Coolidge Solar I, LLC, renewable energy Attorney Kimberly Hayden submitted a petition for a Certificate of Public Good to the Vermont Public Service Board to construct a solar photovoltaic generating facility of up…more

Clean Power Plan, Electricity, Energy Sector, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy

See all updates »

Volkswagen Class Action Update

Proposed settlement filed in Volkswagen class action - The class plaintiffs, the government and VW filed a proposed settlement agreement in court yesterday. I wanted to provide you with a copy of the proposed settlement…more

Auto Manufacturers, Automotive Industry, Buyback Programs, Carbon Emissions, Class Action

See all updates »

2017 Vermont Legislative Session | The Year in Review - DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team Final Analysis

A May 18th adjournment brought to a close the first half of the 74th biennial session of the Vermont General Assembly. Drama awaits as Gov. Phil Scott has threatened to veto H.518, the fiscal year 2018 budget, over an unrelated…more

ACOs, Affordable Housing, Biologics, Carbon Taxes, Cell Towers

See all updates »

New Information on Photophobia following TBI

One of the most common symptoms following TBI is photophobia, an intense intolerance to light that can cause significant discomfort, interfere with activities of daily living, and contribute to post traumatic headaches. It can…more

Athletes, Bodily Injury, Football, Medical Research, Sports

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Labor & Employment Law | New NLRB "Ambush" Election Rules

The new rules substantially limit the time between the filing of a petition and the election; substantially increase the burden on the employer to provide information and substantially shorten the time an employer has in which…more

Ambush Election Rules, Employee Handbooks, Employment Policies, NLRB, Union Elections

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News from the Vermont State House - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2017 #2

Treasurer Will Build Public Pension Plan for Small Business - State Treasurer Beth Pearce on Wednesday asked the Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee to create the framework for a retirement…more

Apprenticeships, Baby Boomers, Caregivers, Chemicals, Contamination

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2017 Vermont Legislative Session | The Year in Review - DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team Final Analysis

A May 18th adjournment brought to a close the first half of the 74th biennial session of the Vermont General Assembly. Drama awaits as Gov. Phil Scott has threatened to veto H.518, the fiscal year 2018 budget, over an unrelated…more

ACOs, Affordable Housing, Biologics, Carbon Taxes, Cell Towers

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3D Printing And Utility Patents: Will 3D Printers Lead To Widespread Infringement Of Utility Patents?

This article is the next in a series of posts discussing IP issues surrounding 3D printing. As discussed in the last post, some types of 3D printing technology have become affordable enough for home use. This has led to…more

3D Printing, Infringement, Patent Infringement, Utility Patents

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Labor & Employment Law | New NLRB "Ambush" Election Rules

The new rules substantially limit the time between the filing of a petition and the election; substantially increase the burden on the employer to provide information and substantially shorten the time an employer has in which…more

Ambush Election Rules, Employee Handbooks, Employment Policies, NLRB, Union Elections

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Labor & Employment Law | New NLRB "Ambush" Election Rules

The new rules substantially limit the time between the filing of a petition and the election; substantially increase the burden on the employer to provide information and substantially shorten the time an employer has in which…more

Ambush Election Rules, Employee Handbooks, Employment Policies, NLRB, Union Elections

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Protecting Your Brand By Registering With The New gTLD Trademark Clearinghouse

In June of last year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced it had received nearly 2,000 applications for approximately 1,400 unique new gTLDs or “strings,” for example .app, .llc, .auto,…more

gTLD, ICANN, Trademark Clearinghouse, Trademarks

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What is Happening with Net Metering in New Hampshire?

Pursuant to New Hampshire House Bill 1116, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has initiated a proceeding to develop new alternative net metering tariffs and to determine how to limit net metering within each electric…more

Electricity, Energy Sector, Infrastructure, Net Metering, Public Utilities Commission

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Captive Insurance Update | Issue No. 1 | 2017 - A summary of state and federal developments in the captive insurance industry

Changes at the Top - Republican Phil Scott was elected Governor of Vermont in November 2016, having previously served as Lieutenant Governor for six years. Governor Scott has re-appointed Michael Pieciak to serve as the…more

Affordable Housing, Captive Insurance Company, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Financial Services Industry

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Coming to a State Attorney General’s Office near you

The Vermont State False Claims Act Could Be a Game-changer for Vermont Taxpayers and Businesses. The Vermont False Claims Act, percolating through Montpelier hearing rooms and corridors, has not yet received much…more

Attorney Generals, False Claims Act (FCA), Pending Legislation, State and Local Government

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