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Advertising Alert: IS THIS THE END OF PREMIUM TEXT MESSAGING GAMES?

More than four years after lawsuits were filed against Fox Broadcasting, NBC, and other parties claiming that sweepstakes promoted on the TV shows “Deal Or No Deal” and “American Idol” were illegal under California and Massachusetts law, the parties have reached a tentative settlement.

The settlement, scheduled for a preliminary hearing in federal district court in California on September 19, provides that the defendants will:

1)  refund all premium text message charges paid by class members – potentially millions of people – who submit valid claims,

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A troll is at your PR doorstep with a patent-infringement claim – Michael Lasky

There are two reasons for the sharp uptick in the number of patent claims against PR firms. First, there has been a significantly increased amount of digital-based work that PR firms are doing for their clients. Second, there has been an increase in the number of companies aggressively using patents in the digital age. If an infringement claim has yet to happen to your firm, consider yourself lucky. In fact, this author has handled no fewer than 10 such claims for PR firms in the last six months alone.

A patent typically protects a new invention and grants a 20-year monopoly to its owner, preventing others from using or exploiting it. There are also business method and software patents. These protect methods of doing business or software processes. Sometimes such patents extend to what PR agencies consider basic website functionalities.In many cases, PR firms have been targeted because their communications work typically includes building digital channels for clients, such as websites and social media platforms. PR firms may unwittingly be infringing on one or more software or businessmethod patents when they perform these digital services for clients.

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Davis & Gilbert – Benefits & Compensation Alert

 

Benefits & Compensation Alert - August 2011
IMPACT OF NEW YORK’S MARRIAGE EQUALITY ACT ON EMPLOYERS 

On July 24, 2011, New York’s Marriage Equality Act (the Act) became effective, making New York the sixth, and largest, state to permit same-sex marriage. The Act “formally recognizes otherwise-valid marriages without regard to whether the parties are the same or different sex” and provides that all married couples “be treated equally in all respects under the law.”

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Davis & Gilbert – Litigation Newsletter

 

Davis & Gilbert LLP - Litigation Newsletter
SUMMER 2011
IN THIS NEWSLETTER: 

Don’t let the slower pace of summer keep you from staying up-to-speed on your current business practices, especially those that may help you minimize your risk of litigation. In this issue, we report on recent developments in the areas of employment, commercial and intellectual property law, along with some practical advice to help you avoid costly disputes. 

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Davis & Gilbert’s Labor & Employment Law Summer 2011 Newsletter

IN THIS NEWSLETTER:
We report on recent developments in the area of paycheck deductions by employers, as well as the strict provisions of a law regarding independent contractor misclassification. We also discuss a new law that requires employers to provide paid leaves of absence for organ and bone marrow donation, and a new law that requires same-sex rights for bereavement leave.

New York DOL Limits Employers’ Right To Make Paycheck Deductions  >>

Massachusetts Law Imposes Harsh Penalties For Independent Contractor Misclassification  >>

California’s New Organ And Bone Marrow Donation Leave Law  >>

New York Requires Same-Sex Rights For Bereavement Leave  >>

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Protective agreements: don’t let the courts define things for you

Many companies require employees to sign restrictive or protective covenants as a condition of employment. Some of these agreements impose confidentiality obligations on employees, while others impose post-employment obligations, including non-competition, non-soli- citation of clients and employees, and non-servicing of clients. These agreements provide peace of mind to companies so they can permit staffers to have unfettered access to confidential information without fearing that it will be used by departing employees for the benefit of a future employer.

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Davis & Gilbert Advertising Law Alert >> Proposed Guidelines on Food Marketing to Children

PROPOSED VOLUNTARY GUIDELINES ON FOOD MARKETING TO CHILDREN

In an effort to combat childhood obesity, former Senator Sam Brownback and Senator Tom Harkin directed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), to establish an Interagency Working Group (IWG) consisting of nutrition, health and marketing experts to develop recommendations for the nutritional quality of foods marketed to children, ages 2-17.

In response to that directive, the IWG developed the following nutrition principles and marketing criteria for implementation by the year 2016.

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International Lawyers Network Welcomes New Member in New York, Davis & Gilbert LLP

New York (April 20, 2011) – On Tuesday, the International Lawyers Network announced that Davis & Gilbert LLP has joined the Network as a representative for New York. Founded more than a century ago, Davis & Gilbert LLP is a full service law firm of more than 110 lawyers based in one office in New York City that represents a broad range of clients, including numerous service sector companies whose key assets are people and their ideas. The industries in which their clients operate include such dynamic fields as marketing communications, new media, publishing, fashion, retail, hospitality and financial services. Their attorneys work with their clients on virtually every type of legal issue, including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, financings, tax, litigation, labor and employment, executive benefits and compensation, intellectual property, new media, real estate, tax, wealth management and estate planning.

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