The Supreme Court ruled earlier this week, in Lawson v. FMR, that whistleblower protections under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act also apply to a public company’s private contractors. It’s a ruling that is currently getting a lot of attention as the impact of the decision is extremely far-reaching.
Though the motives behind the initial attempt were deemed questionable, that’s no concern now, as King.com—the makers of the popular Candy Crush mobile game—have abandoned their previous attempts to trademark the word Candy. Meanwhile, allegations have surfaced that they originally stole almost the entirety of their über-popular game.
We’ve seen it on other issues and we’re seeing it again with respect to creating a national data breach law: Congress can be quick to react to a major incident, but their follow-through isn’t always the best. Right now, we’re in the reaction phase with a data breach law as Congress has put forth five pieces of legislation on the matter.
Where does one draw the line between a business supporting an athlete or sports team—and piggybacking on their success? As evidenced by a recent suit coming out of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals involving Michael Jordan, a grocery store chain and a magazine ad, it can sometimes be hard to tell.
Open-source software, most of the time, is an amazing thing. You have the need for a specific feature or widget or what-have-you, and you can find it out there – for free – and plug it right into your existing work. But when you do that, it creates complexities. How can you sell something as proprietary if it includes open source code?
A little more than a year ago, it was apparently clear to President Obama and the White House that something needed to be done on the cybersecurity front. That has not changed, as the President affirms that there’s still work to be done, but a big step has been taken as the White House last week unveiled its final NIST Cybersecurity Framework—the culmination of a process that started with that executive order.
Office romance can be a tricky and dangerous thing, and not just for the individuals involved. If things turn sour, and even if they don’t, it can present a range of challenges for employers and stands to open them up to potential liability. However, there are things companies can do to protect themselves from things going sideways.
There’s been much written about how Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers’ provide their employees with affordable health benefits has been delayed yet again. But, that’s not entirely true. Balch & Bingham‘s Pepper Crutcher joins LXBN TV to explain what exactly these final rules really mean for the timing of the employer mandate, and what else employers should take away from these new rules. Crutcher is an author on the firm’s blog, the Affordable Care Act Review.
It hits you—you think of a song you haven’t heard in forever, so you quickly punch it into the Spotify app on your phone in an attempt to cue it up. But, though the song comes up, it isn’t from the artist it’s originally by. For fans of The Beatles, this probably happens quite frequently.
Growth of Spoliation Claims, Sometimes in Place of Substantive Claims, Shaping the World of Legal Technology
We’ve all been there: you’re in an argument, and it’s starting to turn against you—but instead of supporting your own argument, or attacking the thesis of your opponent, you quibble about the validity of their evidence. The same thing happens in legal suits—both big and small—but sometimes it’s about the lack evidence.