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Civil Litigation: Work from home can bring new issues, but not all bad

Shoemaker

Even before COVID-19, the number of employees working from home was steadily rising. Employers who want to stay relevant and keep competitive with their counterparts are almost required to have a work from home policy. In 2019, SmallBizGenius put the ...

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ABA weighs in on the ethics of practicing law virtually

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Because of the pandemic, lawyers are working remotely more than ever before, and many will likely continue to do so — at least occasionally — even after the pandemic is behind us. Now that practicing law virtually is more commonplace ...

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IP Frontiers: The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act

Christina E. Brule

The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 (the “Act”), a.k.a. the Coronavirus Relief Bill, was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. In addition to COVID-19 relief, the Act includes several provisions that will significantly influence intellectual property law. This article will ...

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Matrimonial Matters: The Law is the Law

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In two Family Court appeals, the Fourth Department looked to the law to hold against the appellants. Both decisions were entered Feb. 11 and reiterate that while — particularly in Family Court — litigants and attorneys may believe that their ...

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New cybersecurity recommendations for lawyers

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Now that lawyers have been intermittently working remotely over the past year — and may continue to do so in the near future — their ethical obligations relating to cybersecurity practices have taken on a whole new level of importance. ...

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IP Frontiers: The Trademark Modernization Act 2021

Alana M. Fuierer, Esq.

On Dec. 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 (the “Act”) was signed into law. Despite commonly being thought of as merely a “Coronavirus Relief Bill,” it surprisingly contained much more than COVID-19 relief. One of the lesser-known parts of ...

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Pennsylvania lawyers can ethically practice remotely from out-of-state

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In March of last year, as we faced lockdowns and the newfound threat of COVID-19, remote work became a sudden and unexpected reality. Law firms shut their doors and sent everyone home, and the work-from-home revolution began out of necessity, ...

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N.Y. Bar opines on online lawyer-client matching services

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Since the turn of the century, the internet has increasingly become part of our day-to-day lives. Initially, this new reality presented a bit of a challenge for precedent-based, risk-averse lawyers. As a result, in most cases the legal profession as ...

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Environmental Law: United States energy policy changes dramatically under Biden administration

George S. Van Nest

As we reported on in this column previously, national energy policies were key issues in the 2020 presidential election. After a tumultuous election and inauguration, newly elected President Biden wasted no time dramatically changing United States energy policy. Within hours ...

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Commentary: A final end to an un-gentlemanly agreement

Anthony Adams

Two months ago, Major League Baseball announced it would recognize players from seven Negro Leagues that operated between 1920 and 1948 as “major leaguers” for historical and statistical purposes. That symbolic act — nearly all the affected players are long-deceased ...

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