- Nov 04 2019
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) comes into effect on January 1st, 2020. It is a sweeping law about the confidentiality and security requirements relating to individuals’ “personal data.”
- Oct 24 2019
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced that, starting on August 3, 2019, all foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings must be represented by a licensed U.S. attorney.
- Oct 03 2019
Georgia has a complex web of laws governing mandatory reporting, and the responsibility includes more than traditionally-understood abuse or neglect. The law imposes a responsibility to report such things as emotional abuse, exposure to drugs, driving under the influence, and some cases of domestic violence.
- Sep 24 2019
Last week, California enacted a bill known as AB 5, despite intense opposition from businesses and aggressive lobbying from gig-worker companies that have relied on classifying their workers as independent contractors. Every business who hires workers of any kind in California needs to take prompt action to respond.
- Sep 24 2019
On September 23, 2019, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued its final rule regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (“FLSA”) salary test for the executive, administrative and professional exemptions. The final rule runs 245 pages but its changes to the exemption test is relatively uncomplicated.
- Aug 06 2019
The so-called “Company Model” for providing anesthesia services at ambulatory surgical centers (“ASC’s”), modern health care facilities which provide same-day surgical care, continues to offer potential profits to physician-owners of ACS. But along with the economic opportunity comes long-standing legal controversy beset with civil and criminal sanctions. Georgia has taken center stage in the fight.
- Jul 11 2019
Amazon’s recent classification as a “seller” under Pennsylvania law could expose it to additional liability for product sales made on its massive online marketplace. A recent ruling issued by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals could expose Amazon to claims for strict product liability and negligence in states having similar laws to those in Pennsylvania.
- Jun 27 2019
As Bitcoin* continues to rise in value relative to the U.S. dollar (currently trading at $12,843 on Coinbase), renewed interest in the non-sovereign currency is sparking the question among some intrepid employers: Can I pay my employees in Bitcoin?
- Jun 26 2019
Trustees who have been paying taxes in Georgia on accumulated fiduciary income may want to reevaluate that practice based upon the language of the Georgia statute and the Supreme Court decision on the Kaestner case.
- Jun 25 2019
Brand owners often struggle to maintain their “minimum advertised price” (or “MAP”) in a world of ubiquitous online resellers. A recent decision issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah involving a consumer brand provides guidance to trademark owners who want to limit the unauthorized resale of their products.