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Copyright and performance rights in an online video world

We can chalk up another Internet-prompted intellectual property frontier: performance rights. People have been performing for one another for centuries. But suddenly courts are grappling with performance copyright claims,…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

PBGC Publishes Final Regulations on the Phase-In Period for Guarantee of Benefits for an Unpredictable Contingent Event

The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (“PBGC”) recently published final regulations related to the phase-in period for its guarantee of benefits that are contingent upon the occurrence of an “unpredictable contingent event”…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking

Managing the announcement of a Department of Education Program Review

Following the initial release of the well-known and controversial 2010 GAO report concerning alleged abuses in the for-profit sector, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a public letter to Senators Tom Harkin and Mike…more
| Administrative Law, Education

Can colleges reward students and alumni for referring new students?

One of the more common questions we receive in our higher education practice concerns whether an institution may offer a student or alumni referral program without running afoul of federal law. Or, more specifically, whether…more
| Education, Labor & Employment Law

Clery Act: 5 points to remember when crunching Clery statistics this year

As we discussed in a previous post, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) amended the Clery Act to require institutions, among other things, to gather and report statistics for incidents of domestic…more
| Education

Tips for gathering Clery statistics for this year’s report

Managing compliance with Title IX and the Jean Clery Act has been on many an administrator’s mind of late, and rightly so. In recent months, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has through…more
| Education

PTO post-grant review: Patent issuance is not end of the line

So, you find yourself a defendant in a patent infringement suit. Some patent holder has filed a lawsuit claiming that your company is infringing on their patented technology. The patent holder threatens to shut your business…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Third Commandment of Government Contractors: Thou shalt start as low as possible

If all we knew about Washington was based on the dramas we watch on television or the stories reported in the media, it would be easy to conclude that everything that gets accomplished is based on who people know. Make no…more
| Elections & Politics, Government Contracting

Second Commandment of Government Contractors: Thou shalt study thy adversary

The movie “Patton” contains many memorable scenes, but one that will always stay etched in my memory is where the great German field marshal Erwin Rommel, the Desert Fox, begins his retreat after being beaten by Patton at El…more
| Government Contracting

First Commandment of Government Contractors: Thou shalt do thy homework

Because of the complexity of the Government’s procurements, the dollar amounts involved, and the chaos that unfortunately governs a contractor’s life, smart executives develop habits and rules by which they survive. One of those…more
| Government Contracting

Coast Guard issues final rule to charge vessel documentation renewal fees

In the August 12, 2014 Federal Register, the Coast Guard issued a final rule entitled “Vessel Documentation Renewal Fees." Currently there is no charge for renewals of endorsements; however, as of November 10, 2014, the Coast…more
| Maritime Law, Transportation

7 important lessons from past FCC contest cases

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has brought a number of cases against broadcasters who conduct or advertise a contest on air. These cases range from failure to accurately disclose the end date for a sweepstakes, to a station’s…more
| Communications & Media Law

Illinois defines metrics for medical cannabis applicants

Cannabis industry hopefuls in Illinois are poised to begin the application process after the three state agencies administering Illinois’ medical marijuana law released long-awaited metrics on Aug. 8…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Conflict of Laws, Finance & Banking, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Health

Duke, Hershey, and Winston: Who gets to trademark a famous name?

Common sense tells you that you can always use your own name. But under trademark law, that’s not always true. Three recent cases illustrate this conundrum, which plays a major role in many Internet marketing and domain name…more
| Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property

Creditors: Delete a discharged debt from a credit report or face possible liability

A typical lender is often managing tens of thousands of accounts of all different types and in various states of financial health. So what happens when a lender, for whatever reason, fails to update credit reporting agencies…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking
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