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There’s no better time than now to join your local bar association

Bar associations are the glue that binds legal communities together. Historically, they’ve been at the center of the spoke around which lawyers, law firms and legal organizations revolved. Membership benefits were many, including CLE seminars, camaraderie and the business relationships ...

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IP Frontiers: Patentable subject matter – An American Axle update

In American Axle, the invention was directed to a method for manufacturing a shaft assembly of a driveline system, historically considered to be patentable subject matter. The first claim addressed included a step of turning a mass and stiffness of ...

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Matrimonial Matters: Common-law marriage and wrongful death claims

New York has not permitted common-law marriages for almost 100 years. Only eight states currently provide for some form of common-law marriage, and some of these states only under certain conditions. Texas is one of the states which currently permits ...

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Environmental Law: Biden Administration seems intent on forcing New Green Deal transition to renewables

As we have reported on previously in this column, climate change policies have been a focus under the Biden administration. Immediately after taking the oath of office, the president signed an executive order declaring climate change a crisis, initiated a ...

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NY on out-of-state attorneys, the ethics of letterhead advertising

The technology that enables remote work has been around for more than a decade, but before the pandemic, lawyers rarely used it. Remote work was uncommon, and as a result, the many ethical issues triggered by remote work were infrequently ...

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Preventing employee burnout and supporting mental health in the workplace

Among the mental health concerns that were exacerbated by COVID-19, one that impacts employers of all types and sizes shows no signs of slowing: employee burnout. According to an online survey of human capital leaders conducted by The Conference Board ...

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IP Frontiers: Trademark holders, don’t skimp on the merchandizing budget

When I discuss trademarks with clients, I often make the point that unlike copyrights and patents, trademarks — although registered by the hopeful future trademark-holder — are largely for the benefit of the public. More accurately, the benefit of the ...

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Commentary: Was illustration fair use of Prince photo?

That’s the question before the federal courts in The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Lynn Goldsmith and Lynn Goldsmith, Ltd. On Dec. 3, 1981, Lynn Goldsmith, a photographer specializing in celebrity portraits of rock, jazz, and ...

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