Author Archives: National Law Forum

About National Law Forum

A group of in-house attorneys developed the National Law Review on-line edition to create an easy to use resource to capture legal trends and news as they first start to emerge. We were looking for a better way to organize, vet and easily retrieve all the updates that were being sent to us on a daily basis.In the process, we’ve become one of the highest volume business law websites in the U.S. Today, the National Law Review’s seasoned editors screen and classify breaking news and analysis authored by recognized legal professionals and our own journalists. There is no log in to access the database and new articles are added hourly. The National Law Review revolutionized legal publication in 1888 and this cutting-edge tradition continues today.

Facebook: Second Circuit “Likes” Employee Rights Under the NLRA

Employers should continue to proceed with caution before disciplining employees for their Facebook activity. In Three D, LLC d/b/a Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille v. NLRB, the Federal Appeals Court for Connecticut, New York and Vermont recently upheld a National Labor Relations Board decision that found that one employee’s “liking” another employee’s comments about the terms …

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With This Ring, I Thee Infringe re: Tiffany’s Jewelry Trademark

If you’re ready to really do it─to get down on one knee and take the plunge─Costco has made the whole process much simpler.  Stop by and pick up an authentic Tiffany engagement ring. She’ll never know you didn’t get it at Tiffany & Co. It has the Tiffany name right on the box.  That was …

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Football, Brain Injury

Deflategate: A Critique of Judge Berman’s Decision

By now, almost everyone is familiar with Judge Berman‘s decision vacating Commissioner Roger Goodell’s award upholding a four-game suspension of New England quarterback Tom Brady in connection with the tampering of air levels in footballs during the 2015 AFC Championship game. Judge Berman found that Commissioner Goodell’s award was deficient in the following respects: (1) …

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Register for the 3rd annual Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference – October 28-30 in Washington D.C.

Where: The Capital Hilton, Washington D.C. When: October 28-30, 2015 Register today! The annual Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference offers an opportunity for unprecedented exchange with women outside counsel. This unique event was created with the assistance of an unheralded advisory board comprised of high ranking women General Counsel or direct reports to …

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Expanding Retaliation: Fourth Circuit Rejects “Manager Rule” in Title VII Cases

After helping an employee report a complaint of harassment, a manager expresses concern over the company’s handling of the situation and tells the employee the complaint is being mishandled. After the complaining employee files (and then settles) a Title VII against the company, the manager is fired for failing to take a “pro-employer” stance and …

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White House

White House Releases ‘Modernizing & Streamlining Our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Century’

The White House has just released a new report titled “Modernizing & Streamlining our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Century,” which builds on the President’s executive actions of Nov. 21, 2014. This report provides for plans to improve the immigration system to modernize and streamline the processes for certain visa categories and to address …

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Federal Circuit Issues First Reversal & Remand of an Inter Partes Review in Microsoft Corporation v. Proxyconn, Inc. Addressing Claim Construction and Amendment Standards

The Federal Circuit issued its first reversal and remand of a final decision in an inter partes review issued by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). In Microsoft Corporation v. Proxyconn, Inc., No. 14-1543, a panel composed of Chief Judge Prost, Judge Lourie, and Judge Gilstrap (sitting by designation) held that the PTAB’s constructions …

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waters of the united states

EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Approve New Definition of “Waters of the United States”

The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that they have jointly approved a new definition of the key term “waters of the United States,” a term that defines the limits of federal jurisdiction over surface waters under the Clean Water Act and several other federal laws. The rule containing the …

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Shaking Down the Thunder From the Sky: Notre Dame’s Challenge to the Contraception Mandate

For the second time in as many years, the Seventh Circuit has declined to grant Notre Dame’s request for an injunction exempting the university from the contraception requirements of the Affordable Care Act.  As was true back in 2014, the court remained skeptical of the link between Notre Dame’s actions (filling out a form noting its …

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Data Breaches: Every Company Is at Risk – Part 1 – Cynthia Larose, Chair, Privacy & Security Practice [VIDEO]

Cynthia Larose of Mintz Levin’s Privacy & Security Practice, discusses the steps companies can take to prepare and protect themselves from a potential data breach in the following video: http://www.mintz.com/videos/Data-Breaches-Every-Company-Is-at-Risk-Part-1 Cynthia is Chair of the firm’s Privacy & Security Practice and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP). She has extensive experience in privacy, data security, …

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