Lewis Rice is proud to announce that Kirk A. Damman was named in Small Business Monthly‘s (SBM‘s) Best Patent Attorneys in St. Louis. Kirk has been included in this list every year since 2016. The honorees are selected based on insights and feedback from SBM’s readers. SBM acts as a resource to the St. Louis business community to understand and connect with the best service providers in the area. St. Louis SBM is a locally owned business publication, bringing business tips, strategies, and analysis to top executives of 17,000 businesses in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
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:
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.”
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.”
Melissa G. Powers Appointed Young Privacy Professional Leader for the St. Louis Chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals
Lewis Rice is pleased to announce that associate Melissa G. Powers has been appointed Young Privacy Professional (YPP) Leader for the St. Louis Chapter of International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). IAPP helps professionals manage the risks associated with the information economy and protect their organization’s data. In her role as YPP Leader, Melissa will plan networking activities for other young professionals pursuing and engaged in privacy careers. Only one YPP Leader is accepted per chapter and serves a one-year term.
On November 20, 2018, Suffolk County, New York’s Legislature passed the Restricting Information on Salaries and Earnings Act (“RISE Act” or “Act”). With limited exceptions, the Act will prohibit employers in Suffolk County with four or more employees from inquiring about or relying on a job applicant’s compensation history at any stage during the hiring process. Sponsored by County Executive Steve Bellone, the RISE Act amends the Suffolk County Human Rights Law. The Act will become effective on June 30, 2019.
Orlando partner James Timko and Tampa attorney Lauren Strickerrepresented parties in two cases listed as the top 10 bankruptcy cases in the Tampa Bay area in 2018. The report, provided by American City Business Leads, combined information collected from November 1, 2017, to November 30, 2018, for the Tampa area.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan recently moved to dismiss a tax case brought by a tax whistleblower and, in doing so, suggested that in-state actors soliciting orders in Illinois may not have triggered “substantial nexus” to tax. We have been following developments as one notorious lawyer who has been dubbed the “king of qui tam,” Stephen Diamond, filed suit under the Illinois False Claims Act (IFCA) to prosecute non-compliance with the State’s use tax.