Cullen and Dykman LLP

Accused Student Sues Columbia University Over Mattress Case

It looks like the “mattress case” will not be going to bed anytime soon. On Thursday, April 23, 2015, Paul Nungesser, the accused student at the center of the internationally renowned “mattress case” (“Nungesser”) filed a…more
| Civil Rights, Education, Personal Injury

Protecting Your Trademark from “.sucks” and “.porn”

Thousands of new generic top-level Internet domains (“gTLDs”) are opening up for registration. While many of these new gTLDs provide marketing opportunities for companies and other entities—for example, financial institutions…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Securing a “.bank” Domain during the Upcoming Sunrise Period

The “.bank” top-level Internet domain will soon be available to verified financial institutions, offering specialized URLs and enhanced security features to members of the banking community that act quickly to secure their…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property

CFPB Updates Guidance on Housing Counselor Requirements

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has issued a final interpretive rule (“2015 Rule”) on the requirement to provide mortgage applicants with a list of local homeownership counseling organizations. The 2015 Rule…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential

Former Harvard Professor Files Title IX Lawsuit After Being Denied Tenure

Over the past year, an exceptional number of colleges and universities have been accused by both complainants and accused students of mishandling complaints of sexual misconduct in violation of Title IX. Now, in a somewhat…more
| Civil Rights, Education, Labor & Employment Law

Federal Court Dismisses Accused Student’s Title IX Lawsuit Against Vassar College

Last week, a federal judge in New York (Abrams, J.) dismissed an accused student’s lawsuit against Vassar College alleging that the institution discriminated against him by failing to conduct an equitable investigation into a…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Education

U.S. Department of Justice Files Lawsuit Against Southeastern Oklahoma State University for Transgender Discrimination

Last week, in a rather bold move, the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University (“Southeastern”), alleging that the school discriminated against a transgender professor in…more
| Civil Rights, Education, Labor & Employment Law

Exemption Amount under New York State Law for Statutorily Exempt Payments in Deposit Accounts Increases to $2,750

Under New York’s Exempt Income Protection Act (“EIPA”), certain funds in deposit accounts are exempt from most restraining notices and levies. One exemption under the EIPA is for statutorily exempt payments made electronically…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking

Federal Judge Finds Michigan School District Liable for Failure to Train Staff on Title IX

Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney held that the Forest Hills School District, located near Grand Rapids, Michigan, can and will be held liable for its failure to provide Title IX training to staff on proper…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Education

“.school” Domains Now Available

The “.school” top-level Internet domain is currently available. Educational institutions with federally registered trademarks can take advantage of the upcoming “Sunrise Period” and secure their “.school” domain as soon as…more
| Communications & Media Law, Education, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Supreme Court to Hear Case Deciding the Rights of Spousal Loan Guarantors under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act

The United States Supreme Court will soon hear a case that will determine the rights of spousal guarantors under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“ECOA”), and ultimately whether creditors may require spousal guarantors on…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Registration with ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse a Necessity for Securing a “.college” Domain during the Upcoming Sunrise Period

The “.college” top-level Internet domain will soon be available to institutions of higher education (“IHEs”). IHEs with federally registered trademarks can take advantage of the upcoming “Sunrise Period” and secure their…more
| Communications & Media Law, Education, Intellectual Property

New York State DFS Issues Guidelines to Financial Institutions on the Prevention of Elder Financial Exploitation

On February 26, 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) issued guidance to financial institutions doing business in New York State on the prevention of elder financial exploitation. The guidance…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

New Record Retention Requirements under the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule

As the August 1,2015 effective date for the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule approaches, we would like to alert you to an important aspect of the new rule that has not received much attention: record retention…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential

Federal and State Governments Respond to Recent Data Breaches and Propose New Cybersecurity Laws

Over the past few months, major retailers and Internet content providers, like Target and Sony, have been victims of massive cyber-attacks resulting in the release of customer credit card data, private corporate e-mails, and…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology
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