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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, What does the New Tax Law Mean for You?
February 14, 2018

Although many people are thinking of Valentine’s Day and what to get their significant other, others are still trying to decipher the more than 1000 pages of new tax legislation that the President just signed into law.

Legal Practice Tip: ICE in Courtrooms
February 12, 2018

Federal immigration authorities have recently formalized a policy to send deportation agents to federal, state and local courthouses to make arrests, dismissing complaints from judges and advocacy groups that it instills fear among crime victims, witnesses and family members. As such, people who are undocumented and people with lawful status with certain criminal convictions may be at risk of being detained and deported simply for attending their court hearings.

Cheerios Fails to Protect Yellow Color Box
February 7, 2018

While in some instances color is capable of trademark protection, such as the use of pink insulation for Owens-Corning, Cheerios recently was unable to protect the color yellow for its Cheerios boxes.

Federal Court Rules That Trump Administration Must Continue to Accept DACA Renewals
January 10, 2018

In an Order dated January 9, 2018, the U.S. District Court in California v DHS issued a nationwide injunction prohibiting the Trump administration from terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (“DACA”) as it relates to renewals. The court ordered DHS “to maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis on the same terms and conditions as were in effect before the rescission on September 5, 2017, including allowing DACA enrollees to renew their enrollments.” The administration has vowed to appeal and will likely seek to place this ruling on hold in the appellate court. Until that happens, however, the Order provides that DHS must accept certain DACA renewals as of today. The Order makes it clear, though, that DHS does not have to accept applications from individuals that have not previously filed for DACA.

Federal Bars On Scandalous, Immoral or Disparaging Marks Held Unconstitutional
December 27, 2017

In just a few months, the landscape for registering scandalous, immoral and disparaging mark bars has been entirely changed.

Five Contract-Related Tips for Freelance Artists, Photographers, and Designers
October 18, 2017

Five tips to keep in mind when you’re thinking about your contract. It is becoming more and more common to work as a freelance artist rather than work for a firm, whether as a photographer, videographer, graphic designer, web designer, or similar professional, so what should your contracts look like? It is good practice to have written contracts with all of your clients. Contracts can help make sure you and your client understand exactly the terms of the deal.

Senators from Both Parties Attempt to Protect DREAMers
December 16, 2016

The immigrant community across the U.S. are living in fear of what the Trump presidency may hold, but one community that is most affected are the “DREAMers.” President Barack Obama’s created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (“DACA”) by Executive Action. More than 740,000 young people have been granted deportation reprieve and work permits under the program. These immigrants could now lose those protections, should Trump follow through on his promise to end President Obama’s immigration executive actions once he is sworn into office.

What is Immediately at Risk for Immigrants after Donald Trump’s Inauguration
November 15, 2016

On November 8, 2016 Donald Trump (“Trump”) was elected to be the 45th president of the United States after making immigration one of his main platform points. Despite conveying an anti-immigration message, Trump’s campaign mostly lacked policy details. This lack of information has left immigrants and immigrant sympathizers nervous and afraid since his unexpected election.

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016
June 8, 2016

Until now, trade secret law in the United States was left to the individual states. The Uniform Trade Secrets Act, or variations thereof, had been adopted by 47 states and the District of Columbia.

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