It’s never been harder to make partner. This is especially true at large law firms, where a changing legal landscape has led some firms to tightening their belts and limiting their number of senior lawyers. But while this may save money now, it can lead to problems down the road.
It sounds crazy, but it’s true: success can sometimes lead to problems—at least for law firms. That’s what Roger Hayse of Managing Law Firm Transition explained to LXBN TV while swinging by LexBlog headquarters. He explains that the success law firms experience in certain endeavors can lead to overconfidence and tunnel vision.
It seems you can’t look anywhere today without seeing a hashtag. Almost every company employs at least one—and many utilize several. So it stands to reason that these companies will want to protect their turf, and their terms.
For the first time in history, the United States government has formally charged employees of a foreign country’s government with cyber crimes. This comes as the Department of Justice announces it will charge five members of China’s army with hacking into American companies’ networks and stealing corporate secrets. And that begs the question—just how prevalent is this?
Americans can use marijuana legally in a number of states. They can do so recreationally in Washington and Colorado, and medicinally in 20 others. But even though it’s legal, there are repercussions—as employers are currently free to fire employees if they test positive for marijuana use that occurs off-the-clock. A lawsuit that will soon be heard by the Colorado Supreme Court may change that.
It seems to happen so infrequently that you have to take notice when it does—Congress is working together, and they’re doing so on a piece of legislation that may soon bring about a federal trade secrets law. The proposed piece of legislation, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2014, would afford trade secrets the same level of protection other forms of critical intellectual property currently enjoy.
Though you have a good sense for what should happen when something becomes a law, you’re still never quite sure of the breadth of its impact—and how the courts will interpret it. With Georgia’s relatively young non-compete statute, three years old this week, that’s definitely still true.
Data is everywhere. Really, everywhere. The technology we used has enabled companies to collect more data than is imaginable—and now the biggest thing is figuring out how to use it. And that use of data, not so much the collection of it, was the focus of a report put forth last week by the the White House Big Data Working Group.
There’s a truth in the technology world, and a funny one at that, that if you’re looking to see which video format is going to become the next big thing, you should look at the adult video world. Well, it seems they were spot on with streaming video over the internet to TV sets too, because Wreal’s Fyre TV has been doing it since 2007. And now they’re upset that that Amazon is going with Fire TV as the name of their video product nearly a full decade later.
Believe it or not, electronic cigarettes are not currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Though, that will likely end very soon as the FDA has “deemed” the products tobacco and taken a major step towards regulating the products—products that, right now, are extremely popular.