Barton’s intellectual property litigation team, including Maurice Ross, Laura-Michelle Horgan, and Randall Rasey, achieved a rare and important victory in a decision by Judge Julie Robinson of the United States District Court of the District of Kansas that upheld the viability of trade dress claims relating to fashion designs. Read the opinion here.
Partners Kenneth N. Rashbaum and Steven Ebert led an interactive panel discussion on cybersecurity risks in the real estate industry on Wednesday, June 19th. Sponsored by EisnerAmper, the event was titled “Can Your Real Estate Business Handle a Cyber Attack?” and centered on the real estate industry’s current challenges with electronic data theft. Ken and Steven spoke on the prevalence of cyber attacks targeting real estate businesses and what kind of precautionary measures companies can take to ensure the safety of their clients’ private data (while simultaneously gaining a business advantage).
Partner Kenneth Rashbaum recently co-authored an article titled “Understanding Electronic Medical Records: Reliability and Integrity as Critical Components of Medical Practice Valuation, Profitability, and Compliance.” Published in the June issue of The CPA Journal, the article explores how the quality and integrity of electronic medical data contributes to (or detracts from) the value of medical practices, especially in the context of mergers and acquisitions. Read the full article here.
Legal research firm Thomson Reuters recently published an article by managing partner Roger E. Barton which was featured in the July issue of Westlaw Journal Professional Liability. The article offers a detailed analysis of the factors affecting the skyrocketing hiring rates (and subsequent attrition rates) of lateral partners among BigLaw firms. The piece also provides insight regarding strategies that can be used to successfully integrate and retain valuable lateral talent. You can read the full article here.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently issued an open call for comments on how to improve its policies regarding private securities offerings that are exempt from SEC registration. In a concept release posted at the end of June, the SEC stated that it was looking for “possible ways to simplify, harmonize, and improve …
The New York Legislature passed the state’s first comprehensive cybersecurity law, the SHIELD Act, on June 17, 2019. It is awaiting review and perhaps approval by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Whether it is groundbreaking can be debated but if signed, as expected, it will certainly have an impact on businesses that access personal information of New York residents.
One could reasonably make the argument that the right to free speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution is one of the most fundamental American principles in existence. That being said, there is often a contentious and shifting debate about if and where the government should draw a line. Should it curb the free expression of certain ideas that will likely be offensive to many? And if so, who gets to decide what’s considered “offensive”?
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), originally enacted in 1966 and amended as recently as 2016, is a federal law mandating the full or partial public disclosure (upon request) of certain commercial and financial information held by government agencies. This Act was meant to …