Regions

ALL THAT IS SOLAR IS NOT GOLD

A trendy investment product of recent years has been solar energy projects: under the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme, the government guarantees what looks like a cash cow for all those who choose to seek a fortune in this sector. But as is usually the case, this money won’t just fall into your lap. Without the necessary professional expertise for the proper legal groundwork, solar power projects can easily run out of steam too.

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Did you get a tax cut?

There has been a lot of commentary on an IRS report that the average tax refund for 2018 was lower by $170 compared to 2017. Some immediately concluded that this was evidence that the 2017 Tax Act was not really a tax reduction. To be precise, the amount of your refund does not reflect a tax increase or reduction but only the amount by which withholding and estimated taxes exceeds the tax due on the income tax return. Many taxpayers’ withholding was adjusted after the tax change so more income after tax withholding was in each paycheck.

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SCOTUS Today: Circuit Split Over Salary History Gets a Temporary Pass – but Expect Future Challenges

The Court’s per curiam opinion in Yovino v. Rizo—holding that the Ninth Circuit erred in counting the votes of Judge Stephen Reinhart as to judgments that were issued after he had died—will get a lot of attention in light of its resolution of the issue of what constitutes a judge being in active service, an opinion concluding with the informative and pithy line: “But federal judges are appointed for life, not for eternity.” In the here and how, however, this decision has immediate consequences, particularly for those who practice in the area of labor and employment of law.

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FDA Finalizes Two Guidance Documents Regarding Regenerative Medicine Therapies

On February 15, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) finalized two guidance documents regarding regenerative medicine therapies (see FDA’s announcement here). This development comes nearly 14 months after FDA issued both guidance documents in draft form, which also coincided with FDA’s announcement of a new comprehensive regenerative medicine policy framework intended to spur innovation and efficient access to new regenerative medicine products.

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Case update: trade mark licensing and register formalities in the spotlight

The Federal Court recently handed down its decision in Calico Global Pty Ltd v Calico LLC1. This decision highlights the potentially fatal consequences of not updating the IP Australia register to reflect a change in trade mark ownership.

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RCCB promoted Timothy Levy to Partner and Michael Goldberg to Counsel

Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC (RCCB), a law firm offering a distinctive combination of practical business acumen, legal expertise and entrepreneurial passion, today announced the promotion of Timothy Levy to Partner and Michael Goldberg to Counsel. Tim and Michael both reside in the firm’s Conshohocken office. The promotions were effective as of January 1, 2019.

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How to avoid trademark infringement

On Feb. 12, 2019, a North Carolina federal court ordered Walmart to pay a total of $95.5 million in damages to Variety Stores for infringing on the small retailer’s “Backyard” trademark. The decision marks the end of a five year legal battle and highlights the importance of monitoring your trademarks and knowing how and when to address trademark infringement.

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The components of corporate governance

The expression “corporate governance” has a broader significance than the mere administration and management of the company and covers the complex system formed by the legislation and codes, by the statutes and bylaws, by the shareholders’ agreements, by the resolutions of the shareholders’ meeting and administrative bodies and the large amount of corporate documentation, which all together have the function of protecting and regulating the interests of members and “stakeholders”.

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Trend to Watch: State Legislatures Target Restaurants for Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training

In the New Year, two states – New Jersey and Illinois – have proposed legislation requiring restaurants to adopt a sexual harassment training policy and provide anti-sexual harassment training to employees.  While it remains to be seen whether these bills will become law, attempts to target and reform working conditions in the hospitality industry are nonetheless noteworthy, particularly given that unlike New York and California, neither New Jersey nor Illinois have enacted broad legislation requiring private sector employers, regardless of occupation, to provide sexual harassment training to staff.

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Hall & Wilcox named as WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has named Hall & Wilcox as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE).

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