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News from the Vermont Statehouse - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2016 #2

Paid Sick Leave Bill Appears on Track for Passage - The Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee on Thursday approved its version of a House-passed bill, H.187, that would require many Vermont…more
| Education, Elections & Politics, Health, Labor & Employment Law

Penn Team Furthers Understanding of How Concussion Can Cause Permanent Injury

On January 16, 2016 the University of Pennsylvania announced the findings of a unique team studying concussion science, consisting of a professor of materials science and engineering and a professor of neurosurgery (also…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Health

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2016 #1

Labor Commissioner Proposes Independent Contractor Legislation - Few issues have proven to be as perennially vexing to the legislature as the definition of “independent contractor.” Legislators hear repeated complaints…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Privacy

Congress to Shine Spotlight on Concussion Science in 2016

On December 22, Fred Upton, Chair of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee announced that his committee with commence a “broad review” of concussion science in 2016. Although the announcement…more
| Elections & Politics, Science, Computers, & Technology

2016 Legislative Preview Issues the Vermont Legislature will face in the coming year.

Legislators this session will grapple with an estimated $58 million budget gap for fiscal year 2017, of which $53 million is attributed to Medicaid. With Vermont’s Medicaid program now covering one in three Vermonters, the cost…more
| Agriculture, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Labor & Employment Law, Transportation

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
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

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
| Communications & Media Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Vermonters Sue Volkswagen Over Emissions Testing Deceit

Vermont Volkswagen car owners headed by Charlotte resident Robert Turnau have sued Volkswagen companies in Germany and the United States over damages they suffered as a result of the company’s falsification of emissions testing…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Environmental Law

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
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Summary of H.40: An Act Relating to Establishing a Renewable Energy Standard

On June 11, 2015, Governor Shumlin signed into law H. 40, An Act Relating to Establishing a Renewable Energy Standard (the “RES”). This significant renewable energy law establishes a mandatory renewable energy standard for…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

News Flash – Oracle v. Google Copyright Case

In its brief filed on May 26, 2015, the US Solicitor General (SG) advised the US Supreme Court to not hear Google’s appeal of a decision, from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, holding that copyright protection…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

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
| Labor & Employment Law

DMCA Advice from the Department of Commerce

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 was created to protect copyright owners from infringement of their works (such as photos, documents, music files, and videos) over the Internet. Amongst other things, the DMCA…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Startups and Patents

A recent study on R&D vitality, “Measuring Innovation“ by Michael Cooper et al, reports that only about 50% of companies with R&D operations file patents. Another recent study focusing on patent litigation, “The Layered Patent…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

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
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Intellectual Property
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