Greenberg Traurig, LLP has approximately 2,400 attorneys in 42 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the AmLaw Global 100. The firm is net carbon neutral with respect to its office energy usage and Mansfield Rule 4.0 Plus Certified.
Intellectual property (IP) law allows individuals, in certain circumstances, to protect “creations of the mind,” providing the owner with exclusive ownership and the right to monetize in various ways, depending on the type of IP at issue. When considering protection for IP in the equine industry, trademarks, copyrights, and rights of publicity most immediately come to mind. But there is another type of intellectual property protection, often overlooked, that can be a powerful tool – design patents.
On April 28, 2022, the Federal Official Gazette published two decrees concerning labor and employment matters: The decree amending Section IX of Article 132 and Section V of Article 204 of the Federal Labor Law (FLL), which covers employer obligations. The decree adding a second paragraph to Article 512 of the FLL, which refers to labor risks.
On April 22, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law the “Stop W.O.K.E. Act,” which stands for “Stop Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees.” In his remarks when announcing the legislation, Governor DeSantis described the Act as “protect[ing] Florida workers against the hostile work environment that is created when large corporations force their employees to endure CRT-inspired ‘training’ and ‘indoctrination.’”
On 4 May 2022, the UK government announced a ban on UK persons or entities exporting certain professional services to Russia, prohibiting Russian businesses from benefitting from these services. The amendments to the UK sanctions regime have not yet been implemented, and a timetable for their introduction is not currently known. It remains to be seen whether and how this ban might impact intracompany services (such as accounting and management consulting) provided by a UK parent company to its Russian subsidiary, or will it instead be limited to arms-length non-affiliated service providers. In light of the tone of the announcement, however, the ban is expected to restrict the provision of such services, directly or indirectly, to persons connected with Russia or in Russia.
In Estrada v. Royalty Carpet Mills, Inc., 76 Cal. App. 5th 685 (2022), the California Court of Appeal, in relevant part, reversed a trial court’s order decertifying a subclass and dismissing related Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims as unmanageable. In doing so, the court held “a court cannot strike a PAGA claim based on manageability.”
On March 30, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Examinations (Division) announced its examination priorities (the Exam Priorities), identifying areas of focus for examinations in 2022. The announcement focuses on five different categories:
In this episode, Adam Roseman talks to Dr. John Howard, the director of NIOSH and the administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program in the US Department of Health and Human Services.
The Polish Ministry of the Interior and Administration issued economic sanctions under the Act on special solutions to counteract aggression against Ukraine and to protect national security.
On March 28, 2022, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a press release regarding two proposed rules, Rules 3a5-4 and 3a44-2 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Act). These proposed rules intend to further define the phrase “as part of a regular business” to identify certain activities that would cause a firm to be considered a “dealer” or a “government securities dealer.” Any firm considered as such, absent exemption, is subject to the registration requirements of Sections 15 and 15C of the Act, and would be required to register with the SEC as well as to become a member of a self-regulatory organization (SRO) such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). The firm would then be required to comply with all federal securities laws, as well as applicable SEC, SRO, and Treasury rules and requirements.
On March 30, 2022, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved, by a 3-to-1 vote, a 372-page proposal of numerous rules regarding disclosures and procedural requirements for special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs). SEC Chair Gary Gensler stated that their purpose was to impose many of the regulations applicable to traditional initial public offerings (IPOs) on SPACs, stating that SPAC investors “deserve the protections they receive from traditional IPOs, with respect to information asymmetries, fraud, and conflicts, and when it comes to disclosure, marketing practices, gatekeepers, and issuers.”
On December 16, 2022, a federal district judge in California denied artist Ryder Ripps’s and his partner’s anti-SLAPP motion and motion to dismiss in a closely monitored action filed against them by Yuga Labs, Inc. (“Yuga”), the creator behind the monumentally successful Bored Ape Yacht Club (“BAYC”) NFTs.
If your New Year’s resolution is fitness-related, we’re on the same page … or hamster wheel.
Even with the strictest compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and best workplace safety practices, on-the-job injuries from time to time are inevitable in the construction industry.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) promised in a March 2022 hearing to address what it considered to be “severe and pervasive” discrimination in the construction sector.
On December 2, 2022, President Joseph Biden signed the Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (Cannabis Research Act), which provides a mechanism for industry and academia to access and research cannabis, including marijuana and other cannabis-derived products without violating the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
Section 204 of Title II of Division BB of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 amended the Internal Revenue Code, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Public Health Service Act to add rules governing prescription drug data collection (RxDC).
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