Cullen and Dykman LLP

Employers Can be Liable For Acts of Anonymous Harassers

A recent federal court case emphasized an important lesson for all companies to consider: employers are under an obligation to investigate employee complaints of a hostile work environment even if the identity of the harasser is…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

New California Law Recognizes Cheerleaders as Employees Not Independent Contractors

Amid recent review of employees being misclassified as independent contractors, which may not entitle them to overtime, sick days and other protections, California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law requiring that any…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Labor & Employment Law

Second Circuit Adopts a New Test to Determine Whether Unpaid Interns Should be Classified as Employees

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (“Second Circuit”) issued a new test for determining whether interns must be classified and paid like “employees,” as that term is defined in the Fair Labor…more
| Education, Labor & Employment Law

New York City Limits Employers’ Ability to Perform Background Searches on Prospective Employees

Recently, New York City enacted its own version of “ban-the-box” legislation. The ordinance, titled the Fair Chance Act (“FCA”), was signed by Mayor de Blasio and restricts when employers may inquire into a job applicant’s…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Data Breach Decisions Setting A Higher Threshold For Standing For Plaintiffs Do Not Mean Businesses Are Off The Hook

There are only two types of companies left in the United States: those that have been hacked and those that will be hacked. In the last year alone, forty-three percent (43%) of U.S. companies experienced a data breach,…more
| Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

What is a Trademark Squatter?

Imagine that you own a U.S. based brand that you have diligently registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. As you watch your domestic sales skyrocket you begin to realize that overseas markets hold unique…more
| Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Trademark Tacking: An Overview

On January 21, 2015, in the case Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank, the United States Supreme Court determined that, when there is a question as to whether two trademarks can be tacked for purposes of determining priority, that…more
| Intellectual Property

United States and Canada Respond to ICANN’s Concerns over the “.sucks” Domain

In April 2015, the General Counsel of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) sent a letter to the United States’ Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) and Canada’s Office of Consumer Affairs (the…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Jury Awards Ex-Intern $18 million for Attacks by her CEO Boss

In recent headlines, private equity CEO, Benjamin Wey, was found liable for defaming, sexually harassing and retaliating against former New York Global Group Intern Hanna Bouveng. The jury awarded her $2 million in compensatory…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury

Lyft Agrees to Pay $300,000 Settlement for Violating New York Insurance Laws

Recently, commuters across the country have witnessed the emergence of ride-sharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft. These companies have become increasingly popular over the last few months, in large part due to their…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Labor & Employment Law, Transportation

Evidence of Likelihood of Confusion: A Brief Overview

When attempting to prove a trademark infringement claim the fundamental inquiry is whether the defendant’s use of its mark is “likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive.” 15 U.S.C.A. § 1114(1). The…more
| Intellectual Property

Obergefell Decision Opens The Door For Anti-Discrimination Litigation

On June 26, 2015, on the second anniversary of United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, held that under the Fourteenth Amendment no state could deny same-sex couples the right to marry or…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Family Law, Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Rules Against Abercrombie & Fitch in Religious Discrimination Case

In a previous blog post we discussed the facts, and potential consequences of a pro-plaintiff holding in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Store, Inc. As a brief recap, in 2008, Samantha Elauf, a…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

U.S. Supreme Court to Address Limits on Class Action Litigation in Tyson Foods Case

Earlier this week the Supreme Court granted review in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, a case that is likely to have a significant effect on the survival of class action litigation in a post-Dukes world. By way of brief…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

“Enough is Enough” Legislation Becomes Law: New York Education Law Article 129-B Establishes New Requirements for New York State Colleges’ and Universities’ Responses to Reports of Sexual Misconduct

On July 7, 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation that will, once again, change the way public and private colleges and universities in New York (“higher education institutions”) must respond to reports…more
| Civil Rights, Education
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