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US Patent and Trademark Office Lowers Filing Fees for Trademark Applications and Renewals in 2015

Effective January 17, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has reduced the filing fees for trademark applications. The new per-classification fee for a standard trademark application has been reduced from $325…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

ERISA-Disability: 1 in 3 Social Security Administration Disability Determinations Involve Mental Disorder Diagnosis

As you know, ERISA plan administrators must consider Social Security Administration (SSA) disability determinations when making the disability benefit decision. ERISA plan administrators are not bound by the SSA’s…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Insurance

Recent Tax Court Decision Addresses the Tax Treatment of Amounts Received for Anticipated Injuries

On January 23, 2015, in Perez v. Commissioner, 144 T.C. No. 4, the U.S. Tax Court held that a woman was taxable on the $20,000 she received for serving as an “egg donor” to an infertile couple. To serve as an “egg donor,”…more
| Civil Remedies, Personal Injury, Taxation

Governor Inslee Proposes $1.5 Billion of New Revenue, Including a 7 Percent Personal Tax on Capital Gains

Washington Governor Jay Inslee recently released his proposed budget for 2015-17, which includes approximately $1.5 billion of new and increased taxes the Governor is marketing as “improving Washington’s unfair and outdated tax…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Taxation

Assessing the Validity of Food Processing Patents, Post-Alice

Patent eligibility is in a state of flux. Software and business method innovations challenge the boundary of what is patentable under U.S. law. That dividing line is crossed when inventors claim exclusive rights in what really…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

ERISA: 8th Circuit: Choice-Of-Law Provision Trumps Insurance Regulation Banning Discretionary Review

You already know that when a claimant brings suit alleging wrongful denial of ERISA-governed disability benefits, the first issue the court looks at is: what standard of review applies. If the plan or policy includes…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Washington Supreme Court Affirms Washington Federal v. Gentry and Confirms Lenders’ Right to Obtain Deficiency Judgments Against Guarantors Following Nonjudicial Foreclosure

The Washington Supreme Court issued an opinion today affirming the right of a lender to obtain a deficiency judgment against a commercial guarantor following a nonjudicial foreclosure. Divisions One and Two of the Washington…more
| Bankruptcy, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Commercial

ERISA: 4th Circuit: When Is A Plan Administrator Obligated To Obtain Medical Records?

You already know that the primary responsibility for providing medical proof of disability undoubtedly rests with the claimant. But does the plan administrator sometimes have an obligation to obtain medical records and…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Insurance

State Supreme Court Rules on Scope of B&O Tax Mortgage Interest Deduction

In 1980, when extending the business and occupation (B&O) tax to financial institutions, the legislature provided a deduction for “amounts derived from interest received on investments or loans primarily secured by first…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Insurance, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

Inventive Advantage - Many question patent protection, but it does enable job creation.

Patents — and the entire United States patent system — have been criticized harshly of late. One popular criticism is that assertion of patents is tantamount to extorting from the target company money, time, and resources that…more
| Intellectual Property

The America Invents Act — Protecting Your Assets

On September 16, 2011, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) permanently changed the U.S. patent landscape. Prior to the AIA, once a patent was awarded, with the exception of an ineffective and seldom used inter partes…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Top 5 Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation Developments of 2014

This year will be remembered as the year of the Super Bowl of securities litigation, Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. (“Halliburton II”), 134 S. Ct. 2398 (2014), the case that finally gave the Supreme Court the…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

NLRB Makes Two Big Changes That Will Affect All Employers: Lifting the Ban on Using Company Computers for Union-related Communications and Faster Union Elections

Does Your Email Policy Run Afoul of the New Rule? - If your email policy says that your computer systems exist to facilitate company business and therefore “all such equipment and access should be used for business…more
| Labor & Employment Law

ERISA (11th Cir.): Claim Barred by Statute of Limitations Even When Administrator Cannot Produce Denial Letter

What happens when a claim denial letter was issued, but the claimant denies ever receiving it, and the administrator can’t produce it? How does that affect the statute of limitations?…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Trustee Selection: Choose Wisely if Your Family-owned Business Will Be Held in a Trust

Let’s assume that you and your spouse are the sole owners of a very successful business. You have established an estate plan with trusts in place to utilize the estate tax exemptions of both spouses for Washington state and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
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