Halloween

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Trick or Treat: Tips from Halloween-Themed Lawsuits

It’s Halloween, and we employment lawyers would be remiss if we didn’t comment on the ways that workplace Halloween costumes can sometimes go wrong. The negative flap that celebrity Julianne Hough is receiving in the news for...more

Halloween Special: Scary Results If Employers Overreach In Arbitration Clauses

No haunted house can scare general counsel as much as an opinion invalidating their company’s arbitration clause and thereby allowing a class action to proceed. So, here is a Halloween tale for all to keep in mind....more

HALLOWEEN EDITION: Cookie Maker Gets Early Treat When Court Protects Halloween Cookie Recipe As A Trade Secret

In September 1995, Philadelphia-area cookie manufacturer Sweetzel, Inc. got an early Halloween treat when the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania found that the company’s cookie recipes and customer...more

‘Tis the Season (Already!) to Think of Protecting Seasonal Brands

Who knew the fleeting annual presence of haunted houses — around your town and mine — was enough to achieve the vaunted status of “Billion Dollar Industry?”...more

Halloween Construction Facts

As you get ready for the ghouls and goblins who will descend on your neighborhood this week, here are a few Halloween greetingsHalloween construction facts: Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without haunted houses. It...more

How Not to Share Halloween With Your Neighbors

With Halloween almost upon us, I thought I’d take time to definitively answer that most commonly asked Halloween question: To what circle of hell do the people who give apples and dental floss to trick-or-treaters go? That...more

Them’s Fighting Words!

With Halloween less than a week away, Bill Hatfield and his neighbor Randy McCoy are at it again. This time, it’s over McCoy’s pumpkin orange 38-foot recreational vehicle parked in front of his house. ...more

The Scariest Day of the Year…for Legal Claims Too

We here at Law Law Land are big fans of Halloween, the drunkest, sluttiest, most creative and fun-loving holiday of the year. Law Law Land HQ itself is awash in cat ears and warlock coats today, and your editor is looking...more

Forget the Ghost … Beware of the Sexy Nurse

So, let’s say that you, like me, love Halloween. I mean, how can you not love a holiday where tens of thousands of people are dressing up as an oversized canary on October 31 just because of a throw-away comment about federal...more

Beware of Things That Go Bump in the Night: Spooky Automobile Insurance Case

It is almost Halloween, and chances are your neighborhood will be full of trick-or-treaters going door-to-door filling up their bags with treats of all kinds. Unfortunately, Halloween also is the night for tricks. One...more

Can You Be Forced to Get Your Halloween Scares From a Billboard?

My daughter has always been squeamish about eyeballs. Ask her to name the scariest movie of all time? Who Framed Roger Rabbit, of course. She saw it once (and only once) at the age of four, and the scene near the...more

How to Keep Your Kid Safe and Out of the ER on Halloween

If you can’t stand the idea of your children eating all that candy they collected on Halloween, maybe you can find consolation that at least they had to take a walk to get it. OK, maybe not. But too much sugar might...more

Witches, Warlocks....and Santa? Religious Accommodations During the Holiday Season

The law firm is in full Halloween swing. There are severed hands in the outbox, styrofoam tombstones hanging by marketing and a fiendish ghoul that cackles guarding a conference room door. While some people might argue that...more

Have a Wonkaful Halloween

It’s hard to believe, but it’s just two weeks away from the parade of pumpkins, witches, and skeletons outside your doorstep. In anticipation of the upcoming candy-filled holiday, I decided to look into a lingering trademark...more

Frights Survive Halloween Night - Bed Bugs Continue to Bite

Halloween is over, but we still cringe as bed bugs continue to feed on the blood of their hosts. Despite studies by the Centers Disease Control there is no conclusive evidence linking bed bugs to illnesses; the bites are...more

A Monster Mash of Halloween Store Marks

It’s that time of year again, when retail stores featuring ghosts, goblins, and all things spooky begin to appear. This year multiple parties went trick or treating at the USPTO to register their trademarks for Halloween...more

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