Balough Law Offices, LLC

1 N. LaSalle St. Ste. 2020
Chicago, IL 60602, United States
Contact: Richard Balough, Member
Phone: 312-499-0000
Areas of Practice
  • Business Organizations
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Privacy
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
Number of Attorneys
2-10 Attorneys

Supreme Court Decision Opens Door to Fashion Design Copyright Protection

Fashion designers might be able to stitch together copyright protection for their clothing thanks to the Supreme Court. In a divided decision, the Supreme Court granted copyright protection to cheerleading uniforms because…more

DHS and FBI Urge Organizations to Boost Cybersecurity to Avoid Russian Hackers

The Joint Analysis Report on the Russian cyber activity in the recent election also serves as a warning to others of the need to implement best cybersecurity practices to protect computer systems. The report by the Department…more

Adult Affairs Website AshleyMadison Settles with FTC on Data Exposure

The website designed to help adults have discrete affairs agreed to settle charges concerning its lack of adequate data security that exposed 36 million of its accounts to hackers in 2015. and its operating…more

Be Wary: Ransomware Attacks Climb in 2016

Ransomware attacks continued to accelerate in 2016, both in terms of attacks and the variety of programs, a new report says. From January to the end of September, attacks on businesses increased threefold from one every 2…more

Jimmy John’s Abandons Non-Compete Agreements for Low-Paid Workers

A settlement agreement with the Illinois Attorney General has torpedoed submarine sandwich maker Jimmy John’s non-compete agreements with low-paid workers and drivers. Under the agreement, Jimmy John’s Enterprises LLC and…more

FCC: ISPs Must Obtain Consent to Collect Consumer Sensitive Information

(October 27, 2016) Internet Service Providers (ISPs) must now obtain affirmative consent if they want to use and share sensitive personally identifiable information of consumers under new rules adopted by the Federal…more

FTC Issues Guide for Responding to a Data Breach

Need guidance when your business suffers a data breach? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released Data Breach Response: A Guide for Businesses both as a pamphlet and a video. It outlines the steps a business should take…more

FTC Shuts Down Tech Service Using Deceptive Pop-Up Ads

(October 12, 2016) A multi-national tech support group of companies, which used deceptive pop-up ads to scare consumers into believing their computers were infected, has been temporarily shut down by the Federal Trade Commission…more

FTC Report Raps Patent 'Troll' Litigation Practices

(October 7, 2016) In its report of a new study on patent assertion entities (PAEs), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) carefully avoids the term patent troll while finding that “Litigation” PAEs account for 96 percent of patent…more

Trader Joe's May Pursue Trademark Case Against Canadian Resller

An appellate court found that Trader Joe’s may proceed with a trademark case in the United States against a Canadian citizen for trademark infringement in Canada. Michael Hallatt buys Trader Joe’s Company products in the…more

Did Scrapbook Reveal KFC Trade Secret Recipe?

(August 28, 2016) Did the nephew of Col. Sanders just give away the family secret 11 herbs and spices used in the KFC recipe? That’s what the Chicago Tribune thinks. A reporter says 67-year-old Joe Ledington showed him a…more

Where’s the Beef? Court Finds Burger Ad Not Copyrightable

Culver may have had a cow over Steak n Shake’s copycat television commercial, but a federal judge found the original commercial lacked “the necessary modicum of creativity to give rise to copyright protection” required for a…more

Trademark Suit Out of Sync with Copyright Infringement

A karaoke track distributor’s attempt to claim trademark infringement for what really was copyright infringement hit a sour note with the Seventh Circuit. Phoenix Entertainment Partners, formerly Slep-Tone, distributes…more
 / Learns Too Late That Facebook Must OK Promotion First

Even if you get permission from Facebook users to use their pages to send messages promoting your website, you still need Facebook’s permission. If Facebook doesn’t approve, you may be liable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse…more

Burning Man Festival Bus-Galleon Fails VARA Visual Art Test

A school bus turned into a 16th-century Spanish galleon at the Burning Man Festival may be art, but its destruction is not a violation of the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA). The Ninth Circuit affirmed that La Contessa is…more
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