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City’s On-site and Off-site Business Signs Distinction Upheld - Ninth Circuit Says Code is Proper Regulation of Commercial Speech

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A City of San Francisco Planning Code section that distinguishes between “general advertising signs” and “business signs” was upheld last week by a federal appeals court. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling...more

Nominative Fair Use of Ride-Share Logos?

Earlier this year, we contemplated a suitable, accurate, and efficient generic name for the service category created by the highly-disruptive Uber brand: App-Based Ride Service....more

Does A Political Yard Sign Really Violate Investment Advisers Act?

by Allen Matkins on

“Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech . . . .” Doug Cornelius recently published this post reporting that the SEC staff is taking the position that the pay-to-play rule, Rule 206(4)-5, applies...more

An Update on the M22 Road Sign Dispute

A brief update on my post last year regarding the “M22” road sign trademark lawsuit, Michigan v. M22 LLC, No. 1:16-cv-01084 (W.D. Mich.)...more

What Do You Think Of Having ® On Your Store Sign

I traveled to Barcelona last week to attend the International Trademark Association (“INTA”) Annual meeting....more

The Stealthy Traffic Camera and the Class Action That Wasn’t

by Benesch on

Mobile speed units. Those mindless menaces squinting at everything that rolls down the road. Most drivers approach them with caution, but others, either oblivious to their presence or bent on one-upping the machine, speed...more

Accessible Icon Update: New Federal Guidance Deepens Quandary for Businesses Facing Contradictory State Requirements

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

As we previously reported, New York State and more recently, Connecticut, passed legislation requiring the use of the “Accessible Icon” in lieu of the traditional International Symbol of Access (“ISA”) in new construction and...more

Accessible Icon Update: New Federal Guidance Deepens Quandary for Businesses Facing Contradictory State Requirements

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

As we previously reported, New York State and more recently, Connecticut, passed legislation requiring the use of the “Accessible Icon” in lieu of the traditional International Symbol of Access (“ISA”) in new construction and...more

California Adopts Broad Gender-Neutral Bathroom Rules–Signage Rules Expand Beyond ADA Concerns

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Effective March 1, California’s Equal Restroom Access Act (ERAA) will require some single-occupancy restrooms to have signs indicating they are gender-neutral....more

The Bathroom Wars Continue: New California Single-User, Gender-Neutral Bathroom Law Takes Effect March 1, 2017

Against the backdrop of President Trump’s recent withdrawal of former President Barack Obama’s transgender bathroom guidance, a new California law governing single-user restrooms takes effect March 1, 2017....more

Arizona Attorney General Secures Dismissal of 1,700 Lawsuits By Serial Plaintiffs

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A state court has granted the Arizona Attorney General’s Motion To Dismiss approximately 1,700 Arizona access lawsuits on grounds that the organizational and individual plaintiffs lacked standing to sue....more

When You Gotta Go: Time To Check Your Restroom Signs

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As of March, all single-occupancy restrooms in California businesses, government buildings, and places of public accommodation must be gender neutral. This post reviews the annoyingly specific requirements...more

Billboard Regulations: Cities and Counties

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

No State Preemption of Local Billboard Regulations, California Appellate Court Finds - The Outdoor Advertising Act does not preempt local regulation of billboards, a California appellate court has ruled. In a decision...more

Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign: What Employers Need to Know About Tennessee’s New Gun Posting Law

Tennessee employers– you can generally keep weapons off your property, but if you want to prosecute violators, you need the right sign. And, effective July 1, 2016, the state has changed what it says is an acceptable sign....more

Michigan v. M22: The Road Sign Trademark Battle

If you’ve ever driving north through Michigan, particularly during the autumn leaf season, I highly recommend taking the popular “scenic route,” that is, the route bordering the shore of Lake Michigan along the Leelanau...more

Does a Commodity Ever Need to Apologize?

On this welcome Labor Day, a few different thoughts converged for me, so please allow me to answer my own question in the title of this post, starting by explaining the...more

Quebec Publishes Draft Regulations Requiring the Presence of French on Outdoor Signs

On May 4, 2016, the Government of Quebec published proposed Regulations that aim to ensure there is “a sufficient presence of French” on the outdoor signage of establishments on which trademarks appear in a language other...more

Supreme Court Expands First Amendment Protections For Public Employees

by Miller Canfield on

On April 26, 2016, the United States Supreme Court ruled that when a public employer demotes an employee out of a desire to prevent that employee from engaging in First Amendment protected activity, the employee can challenge...more

The Supreme Court – April 2016 #4

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in one case on April 26, 2016: - Heffernan v. City of Paterson, No. 14-1280: Petitioner Jeffrey Heffernan was a police officer in Paterson, New Jersey. Heffernan...more

Supreme Court Decides Heffernan v. City of Paterson

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On April 26, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Heffernan v. City of Paterson, No. 14-1280, holding government employees who are demoted because their employer believes they are engaging in constitutionally protected political...more

Perceived Political Expression Protected By First Amendment, Supreme Court Says

by Fisher Phillips on

In a 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court today held that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects both actual and perceived political speech and expression by public employees. The unsurprising decision squares with...more

Improper Use of Commercial Signs — Proposed Revisions to Article 5 of the PRC Anti-Unfair Competition Law

On February 25, 2016, The State Counsel Legislative Affairs Office (“SCLAO”) released a draft amendment (“Draft Amendment”) of the PRC Anti-Unfair Competition Law (“AUCL”) for comment by industry and other stakeholders. ...more

Where do you sit in the Hierarchy?

by K&L Gates LLP on

Training, signage and personal protective equipment (PPE) are some of the more visible and "go to" risk control measures adopted throughout workplaces. These types of controls are often the first that come to mind because...more

How Does the New Texas Open Carry Law Affect Employers?

by FordHarrison on

On January 1, 2016, Texas became the 45th state to allow the open carry of firearms. This affects most private employers, with exceptions for schools and certain areas of oil and gas refineries. Private and public businesses...more

Have You Posted Your “No Vaping” Signs?

A recent state law, effective October 1, 2015, prohibits the use electronic nicotine delivery systems or vapor products in school buildings, among other public locales. In addition, the law requires the person in control of...more

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