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IP Frontiers: A look back at Alice decisions in 2019

Wayne Reinke

In this update to my prior articles on the state of patentable subject matter in the wake of the Supreme Court Alice decision, CAFC decisions in 2019 identified as precedential and involving abstract ideas (computer-related inventions) are considered. The two-part ...

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Legal Loop: ABA Report: 2020 Legal Research Trends


It used to be that legal research was expensive. There weren’t a lot of choices so most law firms simply paid exorbitant prices for access to case law, statutes, and treatises. But then along came the Internet, and it changed everything. ...

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MCBA President’s Message: Busy holiday season highlights MCBA’s importance

Carolyn Nussbaum

Happy New Year! Unexpectedly, the final week of 2019 was not the usually uneventful lull between the holidays. First, the legal community was jolted with the startling announcement that now-former Justice Matthew Rosenbaum would decline to take office for a ...

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Money Management Second biggest investor mistake


Last year, I wrote an article outlining the biggest mistake I believe investors can make. I argued that investors who lack patience, discipline and the inability to stay the course are effectively challenging their own choices and trying to time ...

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Collaboration Insights: Overcoming challenges to small firms

Beth Sears

Reuters conducted a recent survey of law firms with less than 30 attorneys and found these five issues to be their biggest challenges: New client acquisition Time spent on administrative tasks Cost control/expense growth Lack of internal efficiency Pressure from ...

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Real Estate Law: Is your non-binding letter of intent actually binding?

John Anderson

Early in commercial real estate transactions, parties will often seek to agree on the primary terms of the proposed deal to determine if they are “close enough” to justify the time and money required to pursue due diligence and negotiate ...

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Legal Loop: Legal technology predictions for 2020

Nicole Black

Now that 2019 is nearly behind us, it’s time to take a look at the big picture. What’s in store for lawyers in 2020? How will the legal profession change? And what can you do right now to position your ...

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Money Management: How to judge investment management


I believe the only way to judge the investment management of your assets is through analyzing your total returns: (1) adjusted for risk; and (2) net of all fees and expenses. Additionally, in this assessment, your returns should be evaluated ...

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Workplace Issues: Plaintiff can sue for pay disparities under Title VII: No need for ‘equal work’ comparator


Second Circuit decided Lenzi v. Systemax, Inc. on Dec. 6, 2019 (18-979). Plaintiff was Director of Risk Management who repeatedly complained she was not compensated like other male department heads. In April 2013, plaintiff made a business trip to California, ...

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Advocate’s View: Ready or not: Workforce diversity now mandatory for state construction contracts

Anthony Adams

Contractors doing business with New York State have become accustomed to their legal obligation to subcontract a percentage of the work to certified minority-owned businesses (MBE) and woman-owned businesses (WBE). So it was no surprise that the requirement was reauthorized ...

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Money Management: Year end investment checklist


As we approach the end of 2019 there is still time for some very important financial and investment planning items before the calendar turns to 2020. Here are a few to consider if you have not done so already: 1) ...

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