Monthly Archives: June 2016

Massachusetts Legislature Makes Another Attempt to Pass a Non-Compete Law

Barry A. Guryan

Over the last several years, I have blogged about the Massachusetts Legislature’s many unsuccessful attempts to pass a statute establishing guidelines applicable to non-competes.  (See my latest blog posted last March “Proposed Legislation to Place Limits on Enforcement of Non-Competes in Massachusetts.”)  Former proposed bills have contained several types of provisions to accomplish this including ones that: a) prohibited the enforcement of all non-competes following California’s approach; b) created presumptions of reasonableness regarding the time and geographic scope; and c) banned the enforcement of non-competes signed by non-exempt and lower paid employees. (See my previous blog post “Massachusetts Legislature Fails to Pass any Proposed Bills on Non-Compete or Trade Secret Laws,” which discussed these bills.)

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Shutts & Bowen Makes Top 5 in South Florida 100 Law Firms List

The South Florida Business Journal published its List of 100 law firms in its May 27, 2016 issue.

Shutts & Bowen, a full-service business law firm with seven offices throughout Florida, placed fourth on the list, moving up a spot from the Journal’s 2015 issue.

South Florida law firms are ranked by the total number of attorneys, partners or shareholders, staff and South Florida offices.

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Dan Barsky comments on new law: the Defend Trade Secrets Act

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, which provides individuals and corporations with the ability to bring a civil theft lawsuit when their trade secrets are stolen (but only if the trade secret is related to a product or service “used in or intended for use in” interstate or foreign commerce).

According to West Palm Beach intellectual property attorney Dan Barsky, the new law, which became effective on May 11, is different from the Uniform Trade Secrets Law adopted in Florida (and 46 other states) as it requires an employer to meet certain notice requirements. The federal law creates a private right of action for misappropriation of trade secrets, says Barsky, giving victims of trade secret theft more options in protecting their intellectual property, including the seizure of property necessary to prevent further misappropriation.

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Thirteen Shutts & Bowen attorneys receive top rankings by Chambers & Partners

Thirteen attorneys at Shutts & Bowen LLP have been named top lawyers in their fields by Chambers & Partners in the latest edition of “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers.” The 2016 edition also recognized the firm in banking & finance, construction, corporate/M&A, private equity, real estate and real estate: zoning/land use.

Shutts & Bowen’s financial services practice has achieved the guide’s highest ranking every year since the prestigious publication began ranking U.S. law firms and lawyers in 2003.

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Protecting Workers Against Occupational Cancer

In a move that aims to provide better protection for workers, the European Commission has proposed a number of changes to the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive that will limit exposure to 13 cancer-causing chemicals at work.

According to the World Health Organisation, cancer is the second largest cause of death in most developed countries – and in the European Union cancer is the first cause of work-related deaths. Around 53% of annual work-related deaths are due to cancer, compared to 28% for circulatory diseases and 6% for respiratory diseases.

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