Monthly Archives: September 2019

Better Business Relationships Start with Better Content Marketing

Content marketing is a tool in your arsenal for building effective business relationships.

But like any tool, it’s not going to be useful to you if you don’t use it efficiently. In the past, you could get away with producing *something* and getting the attention of a client or potential client, because you were the only one writing or talking about it. But today, content is so ubiquitous, that if you’re not standing out, you risk being relegates to background noise. 

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Hire Car Damages

On 3 September 2019, the Supreme Court of NSW handed down judgment in three appeals which were heard concurrently. All three appeals dealt with a plaintiff’s entitlement to damages for a replacement vehicle hired following a motor vehicle collision.

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Howard & Howard Continues 150th Anniversary Celebration with Donations to Merit School of Music and the Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation

Royal Oak, Michigan-based Howard & Howard has donated to both the Merit School of Music and the Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation (FHSR) as part of a year-long charitable campaign involving all the Firm’s offices and their respective communities. The gift was announced at a reception held at Howard & Howard’s Chicago location on August 28. Each organization received $12,500.

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Connolly Gallagher Adds New Associate

Connolly Gallagher LLP added attorney Stephanie Smiertka Riley to its commercial and intellectual property litigation practice as an associate. Her complex commercial litigation experience extends to both plaintiffs and defendants in business disputes, consumer protection claims, and pharmaceutical and medical device multi-district litigations.

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Are Federal Judges Growing Tired Of Attorneys’ Fees-Driven Wage-Hour Class Actions?

A number of years ago – 20 perhaps – someone shared with me a study that was conducted by a major university where participants were asked which professions they most distrust.

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New DOJ Antitrust Division Policy Incentivizes Robust Corporate Antitrust Compliance Programs

Last month the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced a landmark new policy to incentivize companies to develop robust antitrust compliance programs. For the first time, the Antitrust Division will now consider a company’s antitrust compliance program as a factor in evaluating whether or not to bring criminal charges against the company and its officers.

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The Faithless Servant Doctrine: Can an Employer Claw Back Compensation from an Employee Who Binge-Watches “Friends” During Work Hours?

New York is known for having many protections for its employees in the workplace, but a long-standing legal doctrine can furnish a remedy to employers with regard to employees who engage in repeated acts of disloyalty during their employment. The “faithless servant doctrine” permits an employer to “claw back” an employee’s compensation when an employee is found to be disloyal to the employer. While the doctrine may seem antiquated, it continues to have vitality.  For example, in March 2018, a New York appellate court confirmed an arbitration award that directed, based on the faithless servant doctrine, a former employee to pay Major, Lindsey & Africa, LLC nearly $2 million as disgorgement of her past salary and commissions on claims that she had stolen and divulged confidential information to competitors.

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Social media in the dock: High Court view on employee’s tweets

On 7 August 2019, the High Court handed down a decision finding that a commonwealth employee’s employment was lawfully terminated due to disciplinary action taken against her for broadcasting anonymously more than 9,000 tweets which were critical of her then-employer (the Department of Immigration), other employees and government and opposition immigration policies generally. While the case has been the subject of some media comment and scrutiny, it is nonetheless worthwhile looking at some of the more interesting issues arising from the case.

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Esports arrests demonstrates broad reach of sports integrity laws

In late August 2019 Victorian and Western Australian police executed search warrants and arrested six people in relation to suspicious betting activity relating to esports matches.1 It is alleged that those arrested had arranged to throw matches in the popular esport Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO).

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