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Proposed Trademark Classes for Cannabis-Related Marks in Doubt as California Allows Registration under Existing Classes

by Wilson Elser on

One year after Wilson Elser published an article comprehensively exploring “California’s Bill to Add Marijuana Trademark and Service Mark Classifications” and other cannabis brand-protection alternatives, the referenced bill...more

Court Presumes LLC Statute Applies Retroactively But Declines To Allow Retroactive Application

by Allen Matkins on

Marlene Dietrich reportedly said "When you're dead, you're dead, thats it." At one time, that was true of limited liability companies formed under California's Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. ...more

Bill Seeks To Provide Remedy For Unlawful Use Of Personal Identifying Information In Business Filings

by Allen Matkins on

Identity theft, including business identity theft, is all too common. In its most straightforward form, the thief simply appropriates the identity of an individual or business and uses that identity to obtain goods,...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - February 2018 #2

Oil World Turns Upside Down as U.S. Sells Oil in Middle East - "Yet, in a trade that illustrates how the rise of the American shale industry is upending energy markets across the globe, the U.A.E. bought oil directly from...more

Uncle Sam Says Give Me Your Money or Your Passport

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

A “seriously delinquent tax debt” will affect the ability of a U.S. citizen to use, or apply for, a passport. Section 7345 of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) permits the Secretary of State to deny, revoke or limit a...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - January 2018

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The little bird who suggested to us (see last month's ICYMI) that the Oregon Secretary of State would clarify new requirements for Oregon company articles of incorporation and articles of organization (effective January 1,...more

2018 Political Law Update

As we enter the new year, there are new changes in state and federal lobbying, gift and campaign finance laws. California: In September, Gov. Jerry Brown signed new campaign finance laws that require political committees...more

Bill Would Restrain Online Disclosures By The Secretary Of State

by Allen Matkins on

California's legislature reconvened last week for the second year of its biennium. Assemblyman Marc Steinorth began the session by introducing a bill requiring the Secretary of State to exclude certain personal information...more

Massachusetts Securities Regulator Announces “Aggressive Policing” of Cryptocurrency Firms

by Goodwin on

On December 15, 2017, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin announced that his office’s Securities Division (“MSD”) would begin “aggressive policing” of cryptocurrency sales in Massachusetts. The MSD regulates the...more

California Secretary of State Launches Cannabizfile: One-Stop-Shop For Business Side of Canna-Businesses

Just in time for the holidays and during the final countdown to California’s cannabis legalization, Secretary of State Alex Padilla launched Cannabizfile, an online portal that provides information regarding the nuts and...more

Cannabizfile Comes To California

by Allen Matkins on

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla wants to help entrepreneurs in California by launching a new online business portal...more

Company “Branding” and the Benefits of Federal Trademark Registration

Selecting and protecting your “brand” should begin from the very moment a business is in the process of being formed, whether that business is a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, or...more

U.S. Government Issues Guidance on Expanded Russia Sanctions

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of State issued public guidance on sanctions with respect to 39 named entities related to Russia's defense and intelligence sectors. This guidance is issued under Section 231 of the Countering America's...more

In the Field: The Super Power of Agricultural Liens

Agricultural liens are a very powerful but often overlooked tool available to those that aid in the growing or harvesting of crops or raising animals or those who sell their agricultural products. These liens attach not only...more

“Naming And Shaming" - Could the UK's Approach To Bridging the Pay Equity Gap Be Coming To America?

by Fisher Phillips on

No one denies the pay gap between men and women exists. However, there is much debate as to how best to close that gap. In the United Kingdom (UK), legislators are employing a “naming and shaming” strategy to try to use to...more

Massachusetts DPH Clears the Air for For-Profit Conversion of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has provided a much anticipated pathway to enable for-profit entities to operate Registered Marijuana Dispensaries (RMDs). DPH’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program (the “RMD...more

Filing Statements Of Information Online

by Allen Matkins on

Last June, the California Secretary of State’s office announced bizfile California, which it described as “a new online portal to help businesses file, search, and order business records quickly and conveniently from one...more

Trump Administration Lifts U.S. Sanctions on Sudan; Important Limitations Remain

Based on certain State Department findings, effective October 12, 2017, long-standing U.S. sanctions on the Republic of Sudan administered by OFAC under the Sudan Sanctions Regulations will be terminated, and U.S. persons...more

US Revokes Sudan Sanctions

On October 6, 2017, President Donald Trump and the U.S. Department of State announced the revocation of economic sanctions on Sudan, following the temporary lifting of sanctions on January 17, 2017. The announcement concluded...more

Delaware Dilemma: VDA or Unclaimed Property Audit

Delaware is instituting an aggressive push forward on its controversial unclaimed property audit program, as indicated in two recent announcements. The Secretary of State has announced that his office will begin sending...more

Holders Beware: Delaware Department of State Notices to be Mailed in Two Weeks!

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In two weeks, the Delaware Secretary of State (SOS) will begin mailing notices to holders who have been identified as likely being out of compliance with Delaware unclaimed property law. Holders that do not enroll in the SOS...more

NEWS UPDATE: President Trump Reduces Refugee Resettlement in the United States to Its Lowest Level in History

The White House plans to formally announce that it will cap the number of refugees who will be able to resettle in the United States to 45,000, according to numerous news outlets. This is the lowest annual level set since the...more

What Is Ohio’s Filing Deadline For Candidates For Governor?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

With many observers expressing surprise that Director Cordray has not yet announced that he plans to run for Ohio Governor as the Democratic candidate, there has been curiosity as to Ohio’s filing deadline for candidates....more

Trump Administration Significantly Expands Sanctions Against North Korea

On September 21, 2017, the White House announced additional sanctions against North Korea, following a new round of sanctions imposed by the United Nations on September 11 and an escalation of U.S. sanctions previously...more

Petroleum Licenses in the UK: Contract or Regulation?

Under the Petroleum Act 1998, the Secretary of State is authorized to grant licenses for the exploitation and production of hydrocarbons. The legal characteristic of such licenses has been an open question. If petroleum...more

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