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Beyond the Virtual Law Firm: Thinking Outside the Cloud

Insight Michael Moradzadeh Michael Moradzadeh · February 21, 2011

Cloud technology allows attorneys to work anywhere they have a secure internet connection.  This provides for greater flexibility, happier lawyers, higher profits, and better-served clients.  However, a pure virtual law firm is not the answer.  Law firms need to think outside the cloud: they need to utilize all the benefits of the 21st Century without throwing out the important aspects of traditional law firms in the process.

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Double Ug! UGG 2010 Counterfeit Results

Insight February 16, 2011

Deckers recently made its largest ever seizure of counterfeit UGGS: 244,648 pairs were seized from Putian City, Fujan Province, China on December 23, 2010. 

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UG! Cries UGG, Sued for Trademark Infringement

Insight February 16, 2011

A Minnesota company named UGGLEBO Clogs, LLC, filed suit last Thursday against Deckers Outdoor Corp. The suit alleges unfair competition and deceptive trade practices based on Deckers’ use of the UGG trademark for clogs and footwear.

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NAD Knocks HARMONY No-VOC Claims

Insight February 16, 2011

When engaging in national advertising (including via websites), green claims must make clear to which aspect of a product line or business they apply.  Claims must be substantiated by evidence, which companies should be prepared to provide in the event that it is sought by consumers or competitors.   Failure to substantiate one’s green claims may result in a NAD or FTC proceeding, or worse yet, false advertising litigation.

 

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Sustainable Food Summit: Day Two

Insight February 16, 2011

All of the speakers who presented during the second day of the Sustainable Foods Summit emphasized the need for transparency in sustainability communications.

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Sustainable Food Summit: Day One

Insight February 16, 2011

Although the Sustainable Foods Summit focuses on the food industry, the lessons shared by the presenters this morning apply to all social enterprises, regardless of industry.  

 

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Hey John! Watch Out For That Crowded Field

Insight February 16, 2011

When selecting brand names, it is important to think long term.  The more unique your brand, the greater protection it will be given by the courts and the PTO and the greater its value in transactional negotiations.

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SEC Proposes Amendments to Accredited Investor Status

Insight February 16, 2011

The SEC recently voted to propose amendments to the net worth standard for determining accredited investor status under the Securities Act of 1933.  Under the proposal, the SEC's rules would be amended to exclude the value of an individual's primary residence in calculating net worth for the purposes of determining whether a person qualifies as an "accredited investor." 

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New Supreme Court Decision Allows Third Party Title VII Retaliation Claims

Insight February 11, 2011

The recent United States Supreme Court decision in Thompson v. North American Stainless expands Title VII by recognizing third-party retaliation claims on behalf of people who did not themselves in engage in protected activity.

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The Federal Government Moves Toward Increasing Privacy Online

Insight February 11, 2011

The tides of online privacy are changing quickly.  Businesses may be collecting more information than they need and sometimes sharing it without the informed consent of consumers.  The federal government intends to curb this by modifying current protection for consumers, offering more precise guidelines for businesses, and creating greater transparency in consumer-business relations.

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