On Thursday, 22nd June, our Associate, Ahmed Herrera, received our 10-years award recognition at the Members’ Recognition and Networking Cocktail held by the American Chamber of Commerce & Industry of the Republic of Panama, at the American Trade Hotel.
Monthly Archives: June 2017
As part of its drive to promote mediation, the Department of Justice organized a seminar on mediation during its “Meditate First” Pledge 2017 campaign.
Senior Partner C. K. Kwong and Consultant Sylvia Siu were invited by the DOJ to be speakers at the Panel on Commercial Disputes on 13th June 2017 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Seminar began with an opening speech by the Registrar of the High Court, Mr. Lung Kim-wan which was immediately followed by a Mock Mediation and the Panel Session. A Reception followed the event with welcome remarks delivered by the Honourable Mr. Rimsky Yuen SC and keynote speech by the Honourable Mr. Justice Lam, V-P.
On June 19, 2017, a unanimous1 U.S. Supreme Court held that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) could no longer refuse federal registration of “disparaging trademarks” holding that the “disparagement clause” of the Federal Trademark Act (also known as the Lanham Act) violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.
The generosity of patrons is not ordinarily among the litany of concerns that keeps restauranteurs up at night. Over the last decade, however, the division of tips among restaurant employees in Massachusetts has spawned many costly lawsuits for restaurants and other businesses. The Massachusetts Tips Act (Tips Act), with its complexities and nuances, along with allowing a prevailing employee to recover triple damages and attorney’s fees, has proven a fertile ground for plaintiffs’ lawyers and a headache for restaurants. Awareness of the Tips Act and which employees are eligible for tips—and which are not—is crucial for all Massachusetts restaurants.
Howard & Howard Attorneys named to Nevada Business Magazine’s 2017 “Legal Elite” and “Best Up and Coming Attorneys”
Royal Oak, Michigan, June 27, 2017: Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that six of our attorneys have been named to Nevada Business Magazine’s 2017 “Legal Elite” and “Best Up and Coming Attorneys” lists.
The Howard & Howard attorneys named to the 2017 “Legal Elite” list are as follows:
- W. West Allen
- Stephanie S. Buntin
- Robert W. Hernquist
- Matthew J. Kreutzer
- Jay Young
Today, I’d like to use a recent bad customer service experience to illustrate a couple of key points about client service:
- Listening to your clients may enable you to get at the root of the issue, and find a way to resolve it.
- Sometimes you can resolve an issue in a way that will strengthen and secure the client relationship, even if the client doesn’t get what they want.
- Making every effort to solve an issue, even if you can’t achieve the desired result, is sometimes sufficient to please the client.
EMPLOYMENT LAW ESSENTIALS
Employment Law Toolkit Information Series
Employer and Labor Law Posting Requirements
Employment and labor laws require employers to post state, federal and locally mandated posters where visible to employees that inform them of their employment and labor law rights. An employer’s failure to post such mandated posters can subject it to fines and penalties, as well as lawsuits. There have also been cases that have held that an employer’s failure to post a required labor law poster tolls the applicable statute of limitations for certain employment discrimination causes of action. Accordingly, an employer should routinely ensure that it is posting the required notices and that those notices are current and updated with the most recent version of the notice.
On May 31, 2017, the Second Circuit revived discrimination claims against two out-of-state, non-employer companies for alleged violations of New York State’s Human Rights Law (NYSHRL). In Griffin v. Sirva, Inc., the Second Circuit ruled that the trial court’s reasons for dismissing the claims conflicted with the guidance and authority that the New York Court of Appeals recently provided on the scope of the NYSHRL, which is likely to have a significant impact on who current and former employees sue for discrimination under New York law.
Although U.S. common law trademark rights are gained through use of the mark in commerce (without registration), registration of a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) provides the owner with additional rights and benefits. These include nationwide enforcement of the mark against infringers; constructive notice of the registrant’s claim of ownership of the mark; evidentiary presumptions of the validity of the mark, the registrant’s ownership of the mark, and the registrant’s exclusive right to use the mark in commerce on or in connection with the goods or services in the registration; the status of “incontestability” once the mark has used in commerce for five years after registration; and the ability to stop importation of infringing goods into the U.S.