Monthly Archives: December 2015

Inject Your Content Marketing With New Life in 2016

twofortueToday’s Two for Tuesday’s post comes to you from high above the clouds, as I’m flying home from a two and a half day trip to London. It will be a bit late because there’s no in-flight wifi this time (a pity, though it does prevent me from doing more work than I probably should anyway), but I will try to keep it short for you, since I hope that in your spare time, you’re working on your 2016 planning!

Our tips today focus again on content marketing, and may be things that you’re already doing as part of your content mix – but in case you’re not, these are two ways that you can freshen things up a bit, and add in some additional opportunities for people to engage with your content. And if one of your content marketing goals is to build relationships with your target audiences, then that’s exactly the type of thing you want to be doing! 

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The Third Circuit Adopts Predominant Benefit Test For Meal Periods, Leaving The Ninth Circuit As The Sole Holdout

PostThe Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently joined the chorus of Circuits adopting the pro-employer “predominant benefit test” when weighing the compensability of meal periods under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  As a result, the Ninth Circuit is the lone Circuit to apply a different standard, opting to follow the U.S. Department of Labor regulations providing that an “employee must be completely relieved from duty” in order for a meal period to be deemed bona fide and thus not compensable. 

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Whatever Happened To That Federal Trade Secrets Law?

About four months ago, to some fanfare, a handful of legislators in Congress introduced a bill called the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015.  The bill seeks to create a private right of action allowing companies to assert civil trade secret misappropriation claims under federal law (which would supplement the existing patchwork of state law remedies).  What has happened to the bill since then?  Is there still a chance that it could be signed into law?

Upon introduction, the respective versions of the bill, H.R. 3326 and S. 1890, were referred to the Judiciary Committees of the House and Senate.  Since then, there has been a steady stream of co-sponsors signing on in support of the bill, including 95 Representatives and 16 Senators as of the date of this blog post.  On October 1, 2015, the House bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet.  On December 2, 2015, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings regarding the Senate bill.  So the Defend Trade Secrets Act has some momentum. 

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Miks ei võiks Eesti olla järgmine?

Miks ei võiks Eesti olla Briti jaemüügiketi Cath Kidston laienemise järgmine sihtkoht? Kuigi nad möönavad ka ise, et tekitavad inimestes vastakaid tundeid: neid kas armastatakse ja tahetakse nende riideid väga või – hoopis vastupidi – tahetakse neile tuli otsa panna.

Moekaupade kett Cath Kidston, mis on tuntud oma retrostiili ja värviliste lillemustrite poolest, andis teada, et nende rahvusvaheline müük on sel aastal kasvanud 20,2%, ulatudes 55,3 miljoni naelani, mis on suurendanud ka kogu kontserni müüki 2,4% 118,5 miljoni naelani.    Oluline on märkida, et 2014. aasta suvel ostis erakapitaliettevõtja Baring Private Equity Asia http://www.bpeasia.com/ selles jaemüügiketis olulise osaluse ning vahetult pärast seda oli märgata müügi plahvatuslikku kasvu. 

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FDI Liberalizations in the E-Commerce Sector

Under the Consolidated Foreign Direct Investment Policy (“FDI Policy”) issued by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (“DIPP”), FDI is permitted upto 100% under the automatic route in companies engaged in E-Commerce provided such companies would engage only in Business to Business (B2B) e-commerce. FDI in E-Commerce with respect to retail trading, however, was not allowed.

With the issuance by DIPP of Press Note 12 of 2015 dated November 24, 2015, certain critical amendments have been brought in the FDI policy with respect to the single brand retail sector and manufacturing sector vis-à-vis the E-Commerce space. 

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24 attorneys at McDonald Hopkins named Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Cleveland, Ohio (December 8, 2015) – Twenty-four attorneys at McDonald Hopkins have been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers as among the top attorneys in Ohio. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. In addition, seven of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the Ohio Rising Stars list as among the top up-and-coming attorneys in Ohio. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. 

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BMP Trial Win

A unanimous jury found in favor of Maserati N.A. on December 1, 2015, in a products liability and warranty case brought against the exotic car distributor. Lead counsel for Maserati, Scott Marrs, a partner at Beirne, Maynard & Parsons in Houston, commented that “the unanimous verdict for Maserati clearly illustrated that the jury agreed with our position about the unparalleled quality of Maserati vehicles and their service staff.” Maserati trial co-counsel Brian Bagley (also a partner at Beirne, Maynard & Parsons) indicated that it took the jury just over an hour to render in Maserati’s favor.

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Restrictive Covenant Binds Bad Leaver – Employment Law This Week

One of the top stories on Employment Law This Week – Epstein Becker Green’s new video program – is about a bad leaver and the hefty price he had to pay.

A former VP of Fortinet, Inc., must pay nearly $1.7 million to the company, after poaching three of his subordinates when he left his job for a competitor. The former VP joked in an email that the employees he took with him were “three bullets to the back of the head” of his former employer. In the arbitration, a former California state judge ruled that the employee had breached his fiduciary duty and his contractual obligations not to recruit employees of the company for a year after he left. 

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FLSA Lawsuits Hit Record in 2015 – Employment Law This Week

The top story on Employment Law This Week – Epstein Becker Green’s new video program – is the record high for Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuits in 2015.

The number of federal wage-and-hour suits rose almost 8% this year. There are many reasons for the increase, including more worker-friendly rules and increased publicity around minimum wage and overtime issues. Some point to the difficulties of applying an outdated law to our modern day economy. 

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New Australian foreign investment laws now in effect

This week, new foreign investment laws come into operation.

On 20 August 2015, the Australian government introduced the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 to amend the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 (Cth) (FATA). The Bill was passed by both houses in late November 2015 and the amendments, together with revised regulations came into force on 1 December 2015.  The new foreign investment regime introduces a number of important changes to the law. This alert identifies some of the more significant changes.  The new foreign investment regime is quite complex.  It has different effects on different industries, and, as a result of free trade agreements, does not treat investors from different countries in the same way.

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