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Last Week at the FEC: Potential Compromise For Disclaimers in Mobile Advertisements

Last week the Federal Election Commission met in executive session on Tuesday, February 4 but canceled its open meeting scheduled for February 6. The Commission was able to release a supplement to the underlying opinion...more

Making Disclaimer Work For Minors: Navigate Differences Between N.Y. Law and the IRC.

Both New York’s EPTL §2-1.11 and Internal Revenue Code §2518 permit an individual to disclaim an interest in property transferred to him or her if certain conditions are met. Although the conditions in the EPTL and IRC are...more

Overstock Under Scrutiny: Does This Recent Decision Represent a New Wave of California Litigation for Sellers of Consumer Products...

It is not often that a decision from a California trial court receives or deserves as much attention as the recent tentative decision issued by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Wynne Carvill in the State’s case against...more

Practice Tips for M&A Practitioners for 2014

Based on a number of cases decided by the Delaware courts in 2013, below we summarize practice tips regarding careful drafting of contractual provisions and complying with technical and statutory requirements....more

High Court Decides on Disclaimer of Leases

While it is common for a liquidator of corporate tenants to disclaim a lease, the case of Willmott Growers Group Inc v Willmott Forests Limited (Receivers and Managers Appointed) (In Liquidation)[2013] HCA 51 explores the...more

Confidentiality Agreements: How To Draft Them And What They Restrict

I. Confidentiality Agreements And Their Effects Are Evolving - A confidentiality agreement (also sometimes called a non-disclosure agreement or “NDA”) is typically the first stage for the due diligence process in a...more

Advertising News & Analysis - October 10, 2013

In this issue: - October 16 is Coming…Is Your Company Ready? - Are Disclaimers a Dying Breed? - It Just Got Easier to Do the Right Thing, in Maine at Least - No Matter Who’s Watching, Some Ads Just...more

Building and Protecting Your Association’s Brand in Social Media: Managing the Legal Pitfalls

In this presentation: - Social Media – Everywhere - How Does Social Media Work for You? - When Social Media Works against You - Laws – Evolving - Defamation - Intellectual Property:...more

UK: Advertising claims – do statements of opinion or objective fact require substantiation? The ASA decides

In an interesting adjudication on the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, the ASA holds that the level of sophistication of the audience at which an ad is aimed, and therefore the effectiveness of a disclaimer used in that ad, has...more

Contractual Provisions Disclaiming Attorney-Client Relationship Do Not Let Lawyer Off The Hook

Suppose a contract includes the following provisions: “Founder is relying solely on her legal counsel and not on any statements or representations of the Company’s legal counsel for legal advice with respect to this...more

Advertising News & Analysis - August 1, 2013

In this issue: - Sorry, Charlie: Taylor Swift Contest Makes Case for Solid Promotion Rules - The Devil is in the Details for Number 1 Claims - Can Website Disclaimers Stop Declaratory Judgment...more

Court Finds Uniform Commercial Code Applies to Commoditized Software

We’ve all seen the ads on the Internet—computer-optimization software designed to make your old PC operate like it’s brand new. Many consumers see these advertisements and, frustrated with the performance of their computers,...more

Social Media Legal Risks for Nonprofits: How to Successfully Navigate the Pitfalls

In this presentation: - How Does Social Media Work For You? - When Social Media Works Against You - Others’ IP - The Pinterest Question: “ But, What About Fair Use?” - Argh, so many...more

How to Dodge a Declaratory Judgment Suit – by Website Disclaimer?

Fresh off its Supreme Court win last month, Monsanto has notched another appellate victory in a case relating to its patents on “Roundup Ready” genetically modified seeds. This most recent case involved an attempt by a group...more

Insights - Spring 2013: Developing Federal Common Law of Successor Liability

When a purchaser acquires substantially all the assets of a seller, the purchase agreement typically provides that the purchaser does not assume seller’s liabilities except to the limited extent specifically set forth...more

Tax Law Blog: Disclaiming an Inheritance

Most of the time, people are pleased to accept an inheritance. However, there are many reasons to not want the inheritance. For example, in small estates, you may receive a home that comes subject to a mortgage, and you...more

Employers Can Use Disclaimers To Protect Customers From Employee Personal Injury Lawsuits

As employers know all too well, an employee who is injured in connection with work can receive workers' compensation benefits simply by establishing that the injury occurred in the course of employment and resulted in a loss...more

Federal Circuit Finds Prosecution History Disclaimer in Enablement Arguments

In Biogen Idec, Inc. v. GlaxoSmithKline LLC, the Federal Circuit upheld a narrow claim interpretation based on prosecution history disclaimer. The court held that the applicants’ arguments against an enablement rejection...more

Disclaiming Eminent Domain Defendants: To Dismiss or not to Dismiss?

Recently, we came across an interesting request from an attorney for a condemnee. The condemnee had filed a Disclaimer in the eminent domain action, stating that they had no interest in the property being condemned. This,...more

Patent Watch: Saffran v. Johnson & Johnson

On April 4, 2013, in Saffran v. Johnson & Johnson, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Lourie,* Moore, O'Malley) reversed the district court's judgment that Johnson & Johnson and Cordis Corp. infringed U.S....more

FDA Notification for Permissible Structure/Function Claims for Dietary Supplements

MLM Distributors and MLM companies often ask about the notification requirements for permissible structure/function claims for dietary supplements, under FDA rules of DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health Education Act). Here is...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Imposition of Successor Liability for FLSA Claims

Purchasing company is found to be subject to successor liability for federal employment-related claims, even where it explicitly disclaimed such liability in the transfer of assets....more

Boot Camp #3: Travel prizes

“Win a trip to Tahiti.” “Travel to a NASCAR Race.” “You May Win a Fishing Trip to Canada.” “Win a Trip to Outer Space on the Virgin Galactic.” All of these titles are guaranteed to attract attention, particularly that last...more

Disclaimer Of Income Interest Was Not Taxable For Nonresident

Code §2501(a)(2) provides that, except as to certain expatriates, U.S. gift taxes do not apply to the transfer of intangible property by a nonresident not a citizen of the United States. This exemption is big enough to drive...more

Advertising News & Analysis - January 31, 2013

In this issue: - FTC Robocall Challenge Draws Almost 750 Submissions - Advertising Substantiation Standards: A Brave New World - Robocall, DNC Violations May Annoy FTC Even More Than the Average Consumer -...more

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