We’ve saved the best for last – or potentially, I’ve just been avoiding this topic because time management is an area where I need to be taking my own advice.
Monthly Archives: January 2019
On December 18, 2018 the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) finalized guidance on its existing Breakthrough Device Program and announced plans for advancement of the Safer Technologies Program (“STeP”). In the announcement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb emphasized the FDA’s efforts to promote innovation in medical devices that advance patient safety. This new medical device guidance could signal a year of opportunity for innovative medical device manufacturers that seek to advance patient safety.
Erbaviva, LLC, a California LLC, sent a demand letter to Era Organics, a Florida company. The letter identified a number of Erbaviva federal trademark registrations, and “request[ed]” Era Organics:
The Amazon Marketplace, an online sales platform for third-party sellers, has seen a significant increase in popularity. It is not, however, the only third-party sales platform, Walmart.com, e-Bay, and Etsy are other popular marketplaces in the U.S., and all offer great ways for international sellers to enter the U.S. market. There are, however, some IP considerations international sellers should consider before selling on these marketplaces.
On 8 January 2019, ASIC released a consultation paper on reforms to the fees and costs disclosure requirements for managed investment schemes and superannuation funds. The paper is in response to the independent reviewer’s report into the fees and costs disclosure regime under the Corporations Act 2001 as amended by ASIC Class Order [CO 14/1252] and as augmented by its regulatory guidance. In this article, we outline some key points of the consultation paper.
Rounding out another successful year, Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that nine attorneys have become shareholders in the firm – the largest single-year class in firm history.
California Court of Appeal Holds That An Employee’s “Imprecise Evidence” Can Provide a Basis for Damages When an Employer Does Not Keep Accurate Records of Hours Worked – But That an Employer is Not Liable for Missed Meal Periods of Which It Was Unaware
On December 12, 2018, in Furry v. East Bay Publishing, LLC, the California Court of Appeal held that if an employer fails to keep accurate records of an employee’s work hours, even “imprecise evidence” by the employee “can provide a sufficient basis for damages.”
Regular Zen readers will know that I’m a runner. When you first start running, you tell yourself that it’s the cheapest sport – all you need is a pair of sneakers, and you can head outside and do it. While this is (essentially) true, we runners love our gadgets and our products, and sharing our favorites of the same.
While the 2008-2010 decline in the automotive industry occurred rapidly and was perceived by many participants as a surprise fall from a cliff, the cracks in the pavement were apparent well in advance of the collapse. In fact, months before the cascade started, certain observers pointed to the general economic conditions, rising oil prices and the extreme over capacity in the supply base while predicting the industry was about to hit a wall. Some suppliers realized the temperature of the water was rising. They consolidated, conserved cash, found better sources of supply and employed other strategies. These companies survived the downturn and reaped profits as the industry rebounded to record levels.
“Mike Beals and his team of corporate, tax, and estate planning lawyers and para-professionals have refined and expanded the capabilities and services of our Trust & Estate Planning practice,” said Davis. “Mike has extensive background in corporate and business law, as well as in trust planning and asset preservation. He will leverage that multi-faceted experience in leading this important practice.”