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Facebook's promotional page terms get a facelift

It has been almost eight months since Facebook issued its revised Page Terms pertaining to promotions. These were significant changes in the way sweepstakes and contests can be conducted on Facebook. One of the major changes was…more

| Communications & Media Law

The logistics of Export Control Reform for the aerospace industry

On October 15, 2013, the first pair of final rules implementing the President’s Export Control Reform (ECR) initiative became effective. These rules, which govern military aircraft and aircraft parts, redefine the line between…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Balancing the data privacy debate: The benefits of big (and little) data

Comments to the White House's recent request for comments on "big data" and how it affects Americans were due April 4, but even before all the comments have been reviewed, we can be pretty sure that, as usual, most business…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer...

Charities and nonprofits: Don't roll the dice with gambling laws

Are you involved with a charity or nonprofit that raises money by selling raffle tickets or holds poker tournaments or casino nights to fund operations? Although your charity or nonprofit may be using the proceeds to fund…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law,...

New value defense preserved for three-party transactions

New value is an important defense to preference liability under the Bankruptcy Code. It allows a preference defendant to relieve their preference liability on a dollar-for-dollar basis for the value provided to the debtor prior…more

| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Patent fundamentals for researchers, manufacturers

Patent laws function much the same way no matter the technology at issue. But there are some aspects of patent law that affect particular industries in specific ways. My Thompson Coburn colleague Steve Ritchey looked at some of…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Private sector pension de-risking and participant protections

On Nov. 5, 2013, the ERISA Advisory Council submitted findings and recommendations on pension de-risking to the Secretary of Labor. Pension de-risking transactions have received a lot of attention lately, both in the media and…more

| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking

I got a cease and desist letter. Now what?

For those familiar with patent litigation, the receipt of a patent “cease and desist” letter is the trigger for a series of unfortunate events in a familiar chain. For those unfamiliar with patent litigation, however, a patent…more

| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Patent troll roll call: The carefree litigator

In our last post, we introduced you to the first type of patent troll, or patent assertion entity (PAE) — the threatening letter-writer. This is a troll that targets great swaths of unsuspecting businesses with a series of…more

| Intellectual Property

Patent troll roll call: The threatening letter-writer

Patent trolls, non-practicing entities, patent monetization companies, or patent assertion entities: regardless of what they are called, in this particular context, when we refer to one of these organizations we are talking…more

| Intellectual Property

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