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Beer Serious: 500 Years of Beer Regulation

By: Libby Casale*| Guest Writer 

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/640px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.pngThere is a German word, bierernst, which literally translates to “beer serious.”  And in Germany, beer is serious business.  Beer purity laws, known as Reinheitsgebot, govern what specifications beer must conform to in Germany.  The law is celebrating its 500th birthday this year. Continue reading »

USA Binges Pokémon Go while World Waits

By: Rachel Raimondi*| Guest Writer 

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It’s beginning to look a lot like the ‘90s.

On July 6, Pokémon Go launched using smartphone cameras to create an “augmented reality” in which animated, mystical creatures originally introduced in 1996 are displayed in real-life settings like parks, offices and living rooms.  GPS puts players’ human avatars on a real map of their surroundings and encourages local exploration and exercise on the quest to “catch ‘em all.” Continue reading »

Insider Trading & Gambling Debts Taint Phil Mickelson

By: Dominic Interlicchia*| Guest Writer 

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On May 19, 2016, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced insider trading charges against Billy Walters, a well known Las Vegas sports gambler, as well as insider trading charges against Tom Davis.  Davis is the former chairman of the board of Dean Foods, the largest provider of fresh milk in the United States.  Andrew Ceresney also announced Phil Mickelson as a relief defendant to repay the benefits he received from the stock deal as well as interest. Continue reading »

Episode II: The Cloud Wars

By: Rachel Raimondi*| Guest Writer 

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On June 13, Microsoft announced it would take over LinkedIn in a $26.2 billion cash deal; it’s biggest acquisition to date.  Microsoft plans to merge its “professional cloud” with LinkedIn’s “professional network,” to put users’ LinkedIn profiles at the center of standard Microsoft products like Outlook, Excel and SkypeContinue reading »

ADA Website Compliance: Is Your Website in Violation?

By: Doriyon Glass*| Guest Writer

http://nilambar.net/2016/04/making-theme-accessibility-ready-in-wordpress.htmlI recently attended a Legal Marketing Association (LMA) meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the main topic of discussion was website compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The discussion was sparked because it had been the topic of a recent Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentation.  The presentation focused on law firm websites that were not in compliance with the ADA.  A large number of those attending the meeting and the CLE were not aware this was an issue generally or in the legal profession.  The reason for this lack of awareness may be because Title III of the ADA, which applies to public accommodations like businesses, has traditionally focused on physical spaces. Continue reading »

Deregulating the American Dream

By: Rachel Raimondi*| Guest Writer

https://www.sec.gov/ecms/images/sec-logo.pngSince May 16 the Securities and Exchange Commission has allowed the 99 percent to join top investors in the Securities-based Crowdfunding of private companies.  Crowdfunding is a financing method that allows companies to solicit small individual investments from the general public during the start-up and beginning stages of development.  While the basic premise is similar to that of Kickstarter, which launched in 2009, Securities-based Crowdfunding allows investors to receive an equity stake in the fledgling company, rather than first dibs on the future product or experience.  The SEC and its new rules regulate only Securities-based Crowdfunding. Continue reading »

Finders Keepers: Not The Case In Design Patent Suits

By: Hunt Harris*| Staff Writer 

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Back in December of 2015, Samsung agreed to pay Apple $548 million in damages stemming from a 2011 lawsuit filed by Apple.  In the lawsuit, Apple argued that Samsung infringed on three design patents that represent the essence of the iPhone.  Design patents are meant to protect items whose design is central to the product.  As part of the deal, Samsung and Apple agreed to withdraw all patent lawsuits outside of the United States. Samsung also reserved the right to reclaim the funds if the verdict is subsequently overturned.  In March of this year, the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal from Samsung over the appropriate amount of damages to be paid to Apple. Continue reading »

The Intellectual Property Behind “Real Women” Advertising

By: Dana Sisk*| Staff Writer 

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During the past decade, there has been a steady increase in the number of companies that feature untouched images of “average sized” women, rather than the highly edited images of tall and slender supermodels.  This movement toward promoting body positivity and positive body image in young women has garnered a lot of praise throughout the advertising and modeling world, and more and more companies are jumping on board. Continue reading »

Sued For Defamation? No Problem, If You Have Homeowner’s Insurance

By: Hunt Harris*| Staff Writer 

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Bill Cosby is being sued by numerous women who say he sexually assaulted them.  However, because the statute of limitations has passed, he is being sued for defamation, rather than for the alleged assaults.  The women are claiming that they were defamed when Cosby’s attorneys and representatives dismissed their allegations as fabrications.  Although Cosby is facing mountainous legal costs, it currently seems likely that his homeowner’s insurance will foot the bill.  His insurance carrier, A.I.G., has been fighting this and filed a lawsuit against Cosby, claiming they should not be responsible for his legal fees. Continue reading »

Attorneys: The Real Winners In Class Action Settlements

By: Hunt Harris*| Staff Writer

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In 2011, Walmart agreed to settle a class action lawsuit worth $27.5 million by paying participants via check or gift card.  The settlement was in response to a deal made in 2005, in which the CEOs of Walmart and Netflix allegedly agreed to share the DVD market.  Both parties agreed that Walmart would not rent DVDs if Netflix promised not to sell them.  The deal was designed as a promotional agreement to help each party market one another’s specific movie business on their own websites. Continue reading »