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August 25th, 2015

No “GARA”ntee When It Comes to General Aviation Litigation

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By: Michael Singer

Edited by: Sigalle Barness

When you sit plaintiff and defense lawyers opposite each other at a table, you don’t often expect agreement, let alone camaraderie. Then again, not every legal roundtable is Lawline’s Industry presentation on Aviation. Specifically, Fredrick Alimonti (Alimonti Law Offices, P.C.) hosted aviation defense attorney Douglas H. Amster (LeClair Ryan), plaintiffs’ attorneys Brian J. Alexander (Kreindler & Kreindler LLP) and Douglas A. Latto (Speiser Krause), and forensic engineer Joseph R. Reynolds (RTI Group, LLC) to discuss Aviation Litigation: The View from 30,000 Feet. In  the presentation, Amster observed that in aviation law, plaintiffs and defendants “are … aligned toward [the same end]: better safety.” Alexander followed quickly, confirming that everything occurring after an aviation incident, from the actions of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) all the way through subsequent litigation, is “moving towards making aviation safer…and is designed to make sure [a particular situation] doesn’t recur.” This fundamental agreement informs the unique roundtable that has something for everyone—from the experienced practitioner to someone looking to get started.

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August 5th, 2015

U.S. Courts Start to Inject Some Legal DNA into GMO

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By: Michael Singer
Edited by: Sigalle Barness

Is genetically engineered (GE) food here to stay, or will state laws, court decisions and public pressure consign it to the recycling bin of history? (more…)

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August 3rd, 2015

Not a Matter of If, But When… Protecting Data in a Breach-A-Day World

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By: Michael Singer
Edited by: Sigalle Barness

If Big Brother can’t stop a hack attack, what hope is there for the rest of us? The truth: even if your clients implement all best practices and precautions, maybe not much. As BakerHostetler’s Melinda McLellan and Judy Selby pointed out in a recent Lawline Retail Industry event, it’s not a matter of if your system is breached, but when. Nonetheless, McLellan offered the latest on how to best avoid, and then respond to, a data breach. Though specifically geared toward the Targets and Gaps of the world, Data Breaches in the Retail Industry is a great primer for all your clients, especially in its breakdown of the anatomy of a typical breach. (more…)

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June 8th, 2015

Stephen A. Hochman: Agent of Reality Makes the Case for Mediation

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By: Michael Singer
Edited by: Sigalle Barness

For lawyers with the proper temperament and outlook on dispute resolution, mediation practice can be a tremendously fulfilling career enhancer, no matter what practice area you hail from.  Stephen A. Hochman started out in transactional work and then shifted into mediation. Now a leading proponent of alternative dispute resolution, he recently sat in with Resolve Mediation Services, Inc.’s Simeon Baum for 10 Mistakes Even Good Mediators Make, the sixth part of Baum’s eight-part Lawline series on Commercial Mediation.

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June 8th, 2015

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane! No, It’s my Lunch-Delivery Drone: Lawyers at Forefront of UAS in USA and Beyond

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By: Michael Singer
Edited by: Sigalle Barness

With the FAA’s recent streamlining of its commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) exemption process, along with the February 2015 issuance of its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Small UAS, it probably won’t be too long before Amazon and a host of other companies unleash UAS technology on our everyday lives. If ever there was a time for lawyers to step up and really be lawyers, this is it. We’re talking seriously unchartered territory here – Wild West. Hogan Lovells’ UAS group offered Lawline the most up-to-date skinny on UAS regulatory and commercial development. Its suite of presentations leaves lawyers with the sense that this is not only an area in flux, but one of the most exciting practice areas to come down the pike in a great long while. Why?

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June 5th, 2015

You’ve Been WARNed: Communicating Outsourcing Transactions to Employees

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By: Michael Singer
Edited by: Sigalle Barness

Every outsourcing transaction eventually comes down to people and how they impact, and are impacted by, the deal.

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June 1st, 2015

No Longer Lost: Garcia’s Performance in Innocence of Muslims May be Found Again on YouTube

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By: Amy Goldsmith

In my May 12, 2015 Lawline presentation regarding Rights of Publicity, we discussed the litigation between actor Cindy Lee Garcia and Google/YouTube involving the film Innocence of Muslims. The dispute arose several years ago, when Cindy Lee Garcia was hired (absent the typical written assignment of copyright) to appear in a film called “Desert Warrior.” Five seconds of her performance was converted into a diatribe against the Prophet Mohammed and uploaded by the producer to YouTube. The producer even dubbed over her words: “Is George crazy? Our daughter is but a child?” turned into “Is your Mohammed a child molester?” Millions of view ensued, and Ms. Garcia received death threats. She asked Google to take down the film, citing violations of her right to control her likeness and her right to privacy. Google refused.

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June 1st, 2015

Trade Dress: A Bite Taken Out of the Apple

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Trade Dress: A Bite Taken Out of the Apple by Amy Goldsmith 

Apple has been battling Samsung since 2012, asserting claims of utility and design patent infringement and trademark and trade dress infringement. The California jury handed Apple over a billion dollars in damages (later reduced by the lower court to $930 million), agreeing with the allegations of infringement. Samsung appealed, and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals rendered its decision on May 18, 2015, reversing the jury’s verdict on the trademark and trade dress component but affirming the rest (Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Case: 14-1335, May 18, 2015).

In my Lawline presentation on May 12, 2015, I stressed the importance of defining the trade dress and in understanding the differences between functional and non-functional features, especially when trade dress is claimed in a product configuration. The functionality of certain features of the iPhone 3G/3GS was the question before the Federal Circuit.

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April 13th, 2015

Lawline’s CEO David Schnurman Announces 2,000,000 CLE Courses Completed

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At the 2015 Education Innovation Summit in Arizona, Lawline CEO David Schnurman shared some of the secrets to Lawline’s success. In this 7 minute presentation, David shared how Lawline got started and what led to it’s growth as the largest provider of online Continuing Legal Education (CLE). Please enjoy the presentation below.

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February 25th, 2015

Who Are the Parents of the Child?

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Nina Rumbold & Denise Seidelman share who should watch their new course “Modern Family: Third Party Reproduction in NY” and why they’re passionate about the topic.

View the course here.

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