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Making Tequila and Pisco Shots Safe From Confusion

The United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) cancelled the registration for the mark PORTÓN last week, finding it to be confusingly similar to the senior mark PATRÓN. Patrón…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

A Family Victory! Victory! Just Not for Little Caesars

The United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) modified its treatment of the “family of trademarks” doctrine in the recent case In re LC Trademarks, Inc., Serial No. 85890412…more
| Administrative Law, Franchise Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

With the growing list of states legalizing marijuana, are workplace drug policies up in smoke? As the new year begins, Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota join the growing list of states that have legalized medical marijuana…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Episode 06: Obamacare (Part II): What Happens Next? [Audio]

Matt and Beth return to discuss the "repeal and replace" debate (and help separate fact from fiction), practical insights about the Trump administration's Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare and…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Episode 05: Obamacare (Part I): How Did We Get Here? [Audio]

Matt welcomes his colleague Beth Alcalde to discuss Obamacare – stripped of political rhetoric. In the first of this two-part podcast, Matt and Beth discuss the ACA's operational functionality, ways in which it succeeded, ways…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Episode 04: Next Level Tech Innovations Coming Soon To A Workplace Near You [Audio]

Matt welcomes Appboy Chief Revenue Officer Myles Kleeger, and JustWorks Head of Business Development Molly Siems, to discuss how technology innovation can and will continue to transform your workplace. This podcast will focus on…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Episode 03: Big Data's Transition From The Marketer's Desktop To The Employer's Doorstep [Audio]

Matt welcomes EEOC Chief Analyst Kelly Trindel, Ph. D., to discuss employers' use of Big Data (for better or worse) in various phases of the employment relationship, potential disparate impact risks, the overlay between Big Data…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Episode 02: A View From The Plaintiff's Side [Audio]

Matt welcomes Doug Wigdor to discuss his perspective on employment litigation trends, the potential spike in sexual harassment litigation, other post-election fallout, non-employment discrimination lawsuits, and the tragic…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Episode 01: Introduction To "WorkedUp" [Audio]

Akerman's Employment Law Podcast Hosted by Matt Steinberg…more
| Labor & Employment Law

The AHA’s Letter to Santa Claus

The American Hospital Association, after having been “nice” all year, penned its letter to Santa Claus with its wish list for Christmas. Its four page letter (actually addressed to President-Elect Donald Trump at 1717…more
| Elections & Politics, Health

NY Common Law Does Not Provide Creators With Control Over Public Performances of Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

On December 20, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals (New York’s highest court) issued a landmark state copyright law decision, holding in response to a certified question from the Second Circuit in Flo & Eddie, Inc. v. Sirius XM…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Minimum Wages Climb

Workers will now receive higher minimum wages mandated by state law in 19 states, effective this month. Florida’s minimum wage increased to $8.10 an hour from $8.05 an hour, effective January 1. Tipped employees in Florida are…more
| Elections & Politics, Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law

DEA Tweaks, Walks Back Changes to Renewal Process

DEA recently revised an earlier announcement that would have eliminated the grace period for renewals of controlled substance registrations. After initially declaring that prescribers and other registrants would no longer be…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

New Executive Order on Zika Virus Extends Tolling Period Available for Certain Development Permits and Approvals

On June 23, 2016 Governor Scott issued Executive Order 16-149 declaring a state of emergency in certain Florida counties due to the threat posed by the Zika virus. That state of emergency was extended in August and October…more
| Elections & Politics, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Coming Soon: More Paperwork for Healthcare Providers

Employers may see an uptick in requests for accommodations of mental disabilities, and healthcare providers may be asked to fill out yet more paperwork, as a result of two new publications issued by the EEOC last week…more
| Civil Rights, Health, Labor & Employment Law
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