Monthly Archives: July 2018

ILN Today Post

HOWARD & HOWARD CONGRATULATES ATTORNEYS NAMED TO NEVADA BUSINESS MAGAZINE’S 2018 “LEGAL ELITE” AND “BEST UP AND COMING ATTORNEYS”

Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that five of our attorneys have been named to Nevada Business Magazine’s 2018 “Legal Elite” and “Best Up and Coming Attorneys” lists.

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Law Firm Leaders: It’s Time to Act with Urgency

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Altman Weil recently released their “Law Firms in Transition” survey, which is now in its tenth year. The survey, which includes responses from half of US law firms with 50 or more lawyers, was initially developed as a response to the 2008 recession, to help firms understand how other firms were reacting to the marketplace and the challenges being presented. As its authors state, “We sought to provide clear, credible information that would facilitate law firm planning and operational decision making.” After a decade of change, the survey emphasizes three important concepts, which dovetail nicely with our recent discussions on the law firm of the future, and particularly the idea that the future is happening NOW

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New fines for hosting providers and search engines for bypassing blocks with anonymizers

On 1 November 2017 new art. 15.8 of the Federal Law “On information, information technologies and information security” (hereinafter – the Law on Information) entered into force. It prohibits to provide access to forbidden websites by means of anonymous proxies or VPN services. The Law on Information obliges hosting providers to submit information about owners of anonymizers to Roskomnadzor (The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media). The owners of anonymizers have to accede to Register of forbidden websites and to restrict access to websites included in blacklist. In case of non-compliance with the Law on Information, Roskomnadzor can only block such anonymizer.

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State Attorneys General Investigating Use of Non-Competes by Fast Food Franchisors

On Monday, attorneys general in eleven states, including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, California, and Illinois, revealed that they are investigating several prominent fast food franchisors for their potential use of no-poaching or non-compete agreements restricting the ability of low wage workers to obtain a better-paying job with another franchise. To that end, these attorneys general have propounded document and information requests to these restaurants, returnable August 6, 2018.

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7th Circuit Shows Zero Tolerance for Dishonesty or Disrespect in Recent Trade Secrets Case

Following what it described as a three year “one-man legal circus,” a Seventh Circuit panel recently affirmed a sanction award of over $440,000 in a trade secret misappropriation case, after finding that the defendant, Raj Shekar, “demonstrated nothing but disrespect, deceit, and flat-out hostility[.]” Teledyne Technologies Incorporated v. Raj Shekar, No. 17-2171, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 17153, at *13 (7th Cir. June 25, 2018).

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UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT TO CONSIDER ‘ON-SALE BAR’ DOCTRINE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent focus on the United States Supreme Court has surrounded who President Trump will nominate to replace retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.  (The nominee is Brett Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit.)  However, once October is here, the 2018 Term begins and focus will shift back to the cases before the Court.  One of those issues will be the extent that sales (or offers for sale) of an invention before the filing of a patent application will prevent the issuance of a patent.  Also known as the ‘on-sale bar’ doctrine, the outcome will have broad implications for startup companies and small businesses holding intellectual property assets.

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#MeToo applies to more than just sexual harrassment

Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act makes it illegal to harass workers not only on the basis of sex, but also race, color, religion or creed, pregnancy, national origin or ancestry and citizenship. Other laws, both federal and state, make it illegal to harass individuals of other characteristics, including but not limited to marital status, familial status, genetic information, military or veteran status, age, and physical or mental disability.

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SmartLaw: The Future is NOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve had a lot of discussion over the past several years about what the future of legal services will look like, and what critical characteristics and ideas will be necessary for lawyers and law firms to embrace in order to operate within it successfully. Last week, we opened the conversation again with the release of HighQ’s updated eBook on SmartLaw addressing these concepts, and as we did with the first eBook, I’d like to delve a little further into what some of the other authors had to say.

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A Snapshot of the First Semester of 2018 at RSS

July 10, 2018 — An overview of the wide variety of deals and cases that RSS handles each and every day. From helping startups and assisting individuals to working along with major corporations, we provide the complete scope of legal services.

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McDonald Hopkins welcomes attorney Jeff Van Winkle

Jeff Van Winkle has joined the Chicago office of McDonald Hopkins LLC as a member, bringing more than three decades of experience representing businesses, investors and entrepreneurs. He comes to McDonald Hopkins from Clark Hill PLC.

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