Contractor Alert: Beware Non-Performance During Contract Disputes

Government contractors must be prepared to perform their Federal contracts – even in the face of a dispute with the government over essential contract terms.  Failing to perform can have devastating consequences, including default termination. In a recent case before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Board considered a U.S. View Full Post
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Supreme Court Finds Stripes and Zigzags Eligible for Copyright Protection

By | K-12 Legal Insights | March 30, 2017
Schools may have fewer choices in purchasing cheerleading uniforms in the future.  Varsity Brands, Inc. (“Varsity”) and Star Athletica, LLC (“Star”) have been battling over the design of cheerleading uniforms and whether the designs of the uniforms are protectable under the Copyright Act.   View Full Post
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HR’s Increasing Role in Ensuring Data Privacy

By | School Law | March 30, 2017
Confidential documentsThis post originally appeared on the Connecticut Employment Law Blog Last night I had the opportunity to speak to the Colonial Total Rewards Association on the topic of Data Privacy and HR.  I titled the presentation “Is Your HR Data Going Rogue” and really focused on the role that Human Resources professionals should play in ensuring that company data is secured. View Full Post
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The EU Court of Justice Dismisses EMA’s Appeals in Interim Measures and Suspends the Release of Clinical Study Report to Third Parties

On March, 1st 2017, by Order of its Vice-President, the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) upheld the suspension of the release to third parties of a clinical study report concerning the medicinal product Translarna granted by the General Court in July 2016. View Full Post
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Missouri Considers Eminent Domain Legislation

The Missouri State Legislature is considering a bill in response to a proposed electrical transmission line project. House Bills 640 and 795 were proposed by Rep. Nate Walker, R-Kirksville. If passed, the legislation would: Ask utility companies to use existing project routes when building on private property Require all future routing to take place along boundary or section lines Require all projects to avoid impeding irrigation and use agricultural machinery Require 60% of all land acquired in eminent domain to be given voluntarily Provide tougher restrictions on how the utility company can use the land Limit the amount of pounds per square inch the company can put on the land Limit the number of times a utility company can apply to the Missouri Public Service Commission in pursuing eminent domain Both bills are waiting to be assigned to committee. View Full Post
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Ontario’s International Commercial Arbitration Act Gets a Makeover

Junior SirivarClaire Seaborn On March 22, 2017, the Ontario government enacted the International Commercial Arbitration Act, 2017 (“ICAA 2017”) as part of broader legislation to reduce regulatory burdens on businesses and achieve costs savings for government. ICAA 2017 replaces a previous version of the law enacted in 2006 (“ICAA 2006”). View Full Post
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IRS Warns Schools of Dangerous Email Scam

By | School Law | March 29, 2017
On March 28, 2017, the IRS warned schools, universities, government entities and tax a-exempt organizations of a dangerous email scam currently circulating nationwide and targeting employers.  According to the IRS, the scammer poses as an internal executive requesting employee Forms W-2 and Social Security Number information from payroll or human resources departments. View Full Post
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