Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with some people from Amazon.com at their headquarters in Seattle as part of my work with the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Technology & Information Systems (let’s just call it SCOTIS for short). Much of our conversations surrounded the future of cloud computing or, Amazon Web Services, as they call it. Its a brand new area without a lot of rules.
I knew before I went to law school that most folks don’t like lawyers. That’s OK, I’m thick-skinned. I happen to represent people whose lungs were damaged by asbestos, which makes me one of the most hated kind of lawyers. Yes, I’m an asbestos lawyer who sometimes runs TV commercials. Regadless of whether or not you think my calling is noble, I don’t care because my advertising saved a client’s life. Full Story
Has anything really changed since the financial crisis of 2008? It seems that the too-big-to-fail banks are still too-big-to-fail. If you are reading this now, you are obviously aware of JPMorgan Chase’s disclosure of more than $2 billion in losses last week as a result of what time and time again are referred to as “bad bets.” President Obama has used this recent event to strengthen his argument that the banking regulation he signed into law two years ago needs to enacted; he is mainly speaking about the enactment of the Volcker Rule.
I am presenting a Webinar titled E-discovery Tips for Winning Employment Cases, on May 31, 2012. One of the main problems the presentation addresses is reducing the difficulty employers experience when it comes to meeting their preservation obligations in response to employment litigation. Full Story
LXBN TV: LEED Certification Basics and the Rise of Green Building—Cohen Seglias’ Lori Wisniewski Azzara
Did you know that in 2012, for the first time ever, LEED Certification on old buildings surpassed certification on new buildings. Just one of many indications we’ve seen that green building is on the rise. To discuss what LEED Certification is and what’s fueling the continued rise of green building, we bring in attorney Lori Wisniewski Azzara of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman. She is an author on the firm’s blog, Construction Law Signal. Full Story
The latest episode (LotG Episode 016: Warning! System Failure!) of Law of the Geek discusses issues raised in Spry Fox, LLC v. Lolapps, Inc. Specifically, what protection exists for the intellectual property of game mechanics? As discussed in Marquette University Law School Professor Bruce Boyden’s article, Games and Other Uncopyrightable Systems, from the George Mason Law Review, games have one foot in patent protection and one foot in copyright protection. Full Story
“Democratizing publishing never gets old.” This from Scott Berkun (@berkun), author and former project lead at Automattic, a WordPress development company, speaking at WordCamp Seattle 2012. What a thought for American lawyers? “Democratizing publishing.” Benjamin Franklin started out in publishing in Boston, working for his brother at age 12. Seeing greater opportunity, Franklin moved to Philadelphia to open his own printing and publishing company.
As the NFL defends against accusations that it long has concealed information regarding the harmful impact concussions have on players’ brains, the League has taken an aggressive tactic in its investigation into the New Orleans Saints’ alleged use of a “bounty” program. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s March 2, 2012, press release alleged that Saints coaches and “defensive players” maintained a “bounty” program that rewarded players for “cart-offs” and “knockouts.” Full Story