Monthly Archives: March 2017

SJC Case Spotlights Worker’s Off-Duty Use of ‘Medical Pot’

The Supreme Judicial Court soon will consider the question of whether the state’s legalization of medical marijuana in 2012 carries with it employment protections for a patient’s use of the drug outside the workplace. The plaintiff in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales & Marketing, LLC, et al. uses marijuana to treat a gastrointestinal disease.

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Four Hall & Wilcox partners finalists in the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards

Hall & Wilcox congratulates the following partners who are finalists for their outstanding performance in their respective practice areas in the 2017 Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year awards:

Alison Baker – Workplace Relations

Mark Inston – Banking and Finance

Stan Kondilios – Planning and Environment

Harry New – Banking and Finance

Winners will be announced at a black-tie gala in Sydney on 28 April.

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Happy 8th Blogiversary to Zen & the Art of Legal Networking!

sofiya-levchenko-165628I am a couple of days late with this, due to travel, but nonetheless, happy 8th blogiversary to Zen & the Art of Legal Networking! It’s a bit hard to believe that 8 years ago I wrote my first post (Is the Billable Hour on its Way Out? – spoiler alert, it’s still dragging on), and the last eight years have been quite the roller coaster ride, teaching me an endless number of things about networking, writing, discipline, social media, and so much more.

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RSS is represented at Soupe pour Elles

March 1, 2017 — The Esplanade at Place-des-Arts was the venue of a lunchtime gathering to support Soupe pour Elles, an initiative led by Gaz Métro. Today’s gathering was part of the annual fundraising drive with a target of $200,000 before March 8, to help nine organizations providing assistance to women in difficulty, homeless of victims of violence.

RSS wanted to be present at this gathering, as evidenced by the participation of Mariella De Stefano, Gabrielle Ferland, Isabelle Gauthier Brancoli and Jeanine Guindi.

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$500 Million Oculus Verdict Highlights Litigation Risks for Emerging Tech Companies

The decision by a federal jury in Dallas, Texas, to award $500 million to the plaintiffs in a case involving virtual reality (VR) technology – despite the jury’s conclusion that the defendants had not misappropriated any of the plaintiffs’ trade secrets – illustrates the degree to which companies must move with caution when they begin or expand businesses relying on VR or other emerging technologies.

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The plaintiffs in the case, Zenimax Media Inc. and id Software LLC, sued Oculus VR LLC, owned by Facebook, Inc., which had acquired Oculus in October 2014 for approximately $3 billion. The plaintiffs also sued Oculus’ founder (Palmer Luckey), chief technology officer (John Carmack, who previously worked for Zenimax), and former chief executive officer (Brendan Iribe) individually.

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Alejandra Prieto Named to SFBJ’s Power Leaders in Marketing

Alejandra Prieto, Shutts & Bowen’s Marketing Manager, was recently named to the South Florida Business Journal’s 2017 Power Leaders in Marketing. This inaugural list highlights professionals who have evolved as innovators in marketing outreach. The list includes 58 “client side” marketers from the region’s leading companies, professional service firms and other organizations.

Ally, who received her Bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and her MBA from Nova Southeastern University, has successfully built the firm’s marketing department and launched the firm’s rebrand and website all within her first year at Shutts.

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Howard & Howard Congratulates “Leader in the Law” Michael M. Bell

Royal Oak, Michigan, February 28, 2017: Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Michael M. Bell has been named a 2017 “Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He was one of 30 chosen from dozens of nominations. The 2017 Leaders are attorneys who are changing the law, expanding access to justice and improving the profession and their communities. They are the lawyers in Michigan setting the example for other lawyers. For more information on the Class of 2017, please visit:http://milawyersweekly.com/leaders-in-the-law/.

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In-house counsel CPD/CLE webinars

At Hall & Wilcox, we understand there are high expectations on in-house counsel to be up-to-date across a variety of areas of law, while also managing day-to-day workloads. To support you with this and to meet your annual CPD/CLE requirements, we are running a series of national webinars covering all required CPD areas.

We will be delivering these complimentary webinars across a range of topics and days to ensure there is something to meet your needs. You can find the full program and RSVPs below, you have the option of registering for one webinar or as many webinars as necessary.

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