From the monthly archives:

January 2012

Tweet Google’s competitors accuse Google of giving its own services preferential treatment in search results, and they claim that regulators are not doing enough about it.  Google has been busy promoting its own social network Google+ by integrating information from its other services into search results made by subscribers to Google+, thereby extending its search dominance and killing […]

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Tweet The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently announced a change in its settlement policy. It will now demand that defendants admit wrongdoing if they have already made such an admission in a separate criminal proceeding. The SEC has finally rescinded the policy allowing defendants to use the non-committal “neither admit nor deny” language in […]

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Tweet Source: Uploaded by user via Debra on Pinterest   A funny thing happened to me today while using Wikipedia. At around 10am EST I got a taste of what Internet censorship must look like. While researching an article using one of my favorite free sites, Wikipedia, it went black on me and showed this […]

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TweetEmployers are now on notice from the NLRB that requiring employees covered under the National Labor Relations Act to waive class actions regarding wages, hours or working conditions is likely to be a violation of the Act. In D. R. Horton, Inc. and Michael Cuda, Case 12–CA–25764 (357 NLRB No. 184, January 3, 2012)  the […]

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Tweet With so many online and mobile communication channels, you could substantially increase your client base by keeping up with the technology times.  Consider your potential and current clients’ preferences and convenience. Then, keep them in their comfort zone with options such as these listed below. Apps: With the popularity of mobile apps, many clients […]

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Tweet Mortgage rates have fallen even further lately, and banks are implementing new incentive programs to entice home owners to refinance their mortgages. The average interest rate on a 30-year mortgage fell to 4.05% for the week ended December 23, 2011, and rates on “jumbo mortgages”, i.e. private loans usually larger than $417,000, are also at new […]

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TweetTwo controversial bills aimed at curbing copyright infringement over the internet–the Stop Online Piracy Act (“SOPA”) H.R. 3261 and its sister legislation, the Protect IP Act (“PIPA”) United States Senate Bill S.968  –appear likely to win Congressional approval this year. SOPA allows the Department of Justice and copyright holders to pursue companies hosting, linking to, and doing business with, the offending […]

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TweetThe New York State Appellate Division, First Department recently ruled that an attorney’s mental illness does not protect him from the consequences of workplace misconduct, overturning a decision ordering a law firm to pay over $500,000 to a former partner who misused a company credit card and tried to pass on personal expenses to the firm’s clients. The Court found no evidence […]

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Tweet A federal district court judge dealt another blow to investors who lost money to Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff late last week. The judge ruled that investors in feeder funds, i.e. “third-party investors”, could not recover their money from Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities (“Madoff”).  The investors were not protected because instead of investing their money directly […]

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Tweet A tricky question for patent infringement defendants, seemingly stuck in the plaintiff friendly, rocket docket of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, is how to transfer out of that venue. On December 15, 2011, in In re Webvention LLC (’294) Patent Litigation (MDL No. 2294), the U.S. Judicial Panel on […]

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