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Encryption: Ensuring the Right to Privacy in the Information Age?

On December 2nd, 2015, a tragic mass shooting occurred in San Bernardino, California. The attack resulted in 14 deaths and severe injuries to 22 others. The attackers, a married couple, targeted the husband’s workplace – the…more
| Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Federal Circuit Provides Additional Support to Software Patents

The federal circuit recently reversed a decision in McRO, Inc. v. DBA Planet Blue that asserted claims in patents at issue, relating to a method for automatically animating lip synchronization and facial expression of animated…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Who Would Inherit Darth Vader’s Estate?

Who would be the beneficiary of the estate of Darth Vader? The answer is more than just an exercise in Star Wars fiction; in fact, the answer can teach us important lessons about estate disputes in our real world…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Accountant and Attorney Liability Newsbrief - Fall 2016

Massachusetts recently amended its pay equity statute, which substantially enforces the protections of the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act. These changes will go into effect in July 2018. The prohibitions against discriminating on…more
| Bankruptcy, Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Cyber Insurance: Common Pitfalls of the Insured

As we have noted in a number of recent posts, tech companies need cyber insurance. The risk of not having it is simply not worth it.  But cyber insurance policies can be confusing to understand because the policies vary…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Insurance, Science, Computers, & Technology

Outsourcing Lessons from an “Uber” Uber-Rider

In July 2015, my 12-year-old SUV, with 220,000 miles, finally breathed its last breath. It was time for me to buy a new car. But, instead, I decided to try a little personal experiment with the “sharing economy.” Based on a…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

[Webinar] The New Overtime Rules Effective in December: Are You Ready? - September 22nd, 12:30pm EDT

Beginning December 1, 2016, many exempt employees may no longer be exempt. This is because the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) updated regulations double the minimum weekly salary threshold required for employee positions to be…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Suspending Franchise Sales

In several states that require franchise registration, it is a good idea to suspend franchise sales while an amendment or renewal application is pending with the state.  Franchisors commonly suspend franchise sales pending…more
| Franchise Law

Recognizing Signs of Elder Abuse (and Traits of Elder Abusers)

My goal in this blog post is to discuss character traits of elder abusers so that you can recognize them and hopefully protect yourself, your family, and your friends. I’ve handled over 100 estate disputes, and in a sizeable…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Risks to Estate Planning Attorneys in Light of the Thorsen Case

There are several things that all estate planning attorneys (and those who advise them) need to be aware of in light of the Virginia Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Thorsen v. Richmond Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty to…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Patent Office Provides New Option for Addressing Final Rejections

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently initiated a Post-Prosecution Pilot Program (P3) to enhance prosecution during the time period after a final rejection and prior to the filing of a notice of appeal…more
| Administrative Law, Intellectual Property

Implied False Certification Theory Expands FCA Claims

In an interesting and significant case, Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar1, the United States Supreme Court was presented with the question of whether companies could be held liable for False…more
| Civil Procedure, Health, Government Contracting

What Does Brexit Mean for Franchisors?

The coming negotiation over the specifics of the UK’s departure from the EU is an unfortunate necessity that follows from the UK’s unfortunate “leave” vote on June 23, 2016. It is too early to know what the relationship between…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Elections & Politics, Franchise Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Unfulfilled Expectations: May an Intended (and Disappointed) Beneficiary Sue a Will’s Drafter?

Imagine the following scenario.  Your elderly mother, your only surviving parent, wants to have a discussion with you about her estate plan.  She shows you her will and explains her intentions.  You look at the will and it seems…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

What’s Going On With The Mann v. National Review Appeal?

In November 2014, this intrepid blogger trooped down to the DC Court of Appeals to watch the Mann v. National Review oral argument. In my post, I wrote that the panel was likely to conclude that the denial of an anti-SLAPP…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law
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