• Getting 'Gig'gy with It: The New 'Gig Economy'

    December 01, 2017 |

    For the most part, law firms continue to structure themselves in a traditional operating and employment models with a dedicated workforce of talent arranged in an organizational hierarchy. In today's Gig Economy, this will unlikely hold.

  • Workplace Bias and Gender Pay Equity in Silicon Valley, 2017

    December 01, 2017 |

    It was only a couple of years ago that a jury rejected Ellen Pao's gender discrimination claims and rendered a defense verdict in favor of her former employer, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Now, issues of bias and pay equity are again taking center stage, with almost daily media reports about Silicon Valley's gender problem and a continuing list of companies and notable Silicon Valley figures being taken to task with allegations of inappropriate conduct toward women.

  • Security First Approach Provides a Significant Advantage to Law Firms

    December 01, 2017 |

    Security first is a holistic approach that views security not as an information technology nuisance in need of tight cost-management controls, but as a competitive advantage to differentiation from traditional business offerings. Here's what you need to know.

  • Supreme Court, Federal Circuit Deny Damages for Patent Found to Be Valid and Infringed

    December 01, 2017 |

    On Nov. 13, 2017, a Federal Circuit panel of Chief Judge Prost, Judge Mayer, and Judge Chen issued a unanimous decision in Promega Corp. v. Life Technologies Corp. On remand from the United States Supreme Court, the panel affirmed a grant of judgment as a matter of law by the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin that the plaintiff failed to prove its infringement case under §§35 U.S.C. 271(a) and 271(f)(1). The panel affirmed the district court's denial for a new trial on damages and infringement, and reaffirmed its prior holdings on enablement, licensing, and active inducement issues.

  • Voice of the Client: What Does 'Different' Mean?

    December 01, 2017 |

    As firms turn their focus to revenue generation, some of the more progressive firms look to their clients to help them create their strategic priorities. In some cases, they even ask their clients to be involved in the planning process.

  • To Relocate, or Not to Relocate; Was That Even the Intriguing Question in Bisbing?

    December 01, 2017 |

    Part One of a Two-Part Article

    As of August 2017, the seminal case in New Jersey deciding the issue of the appropriate legal standard for a divorced parent seeking to relocate outside of the state is Bisbing v. Bisbing. This case is an important example that can be used to explore this topic throughout the country.

  • RICO Suit Cites 'Weinstein Sexual Enterprise'

    December 01, 2017 |

    Add this to the growing list of legal problems facing Harvey Weinstein, The Weinstein Co. (TWC) and Miramax: Lawyers at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro and The Armenta Law Firm have filed a federal racketeering class action against Weinstein, the production company and the studio alleging they conspired "to facilitate and conceal [Weinstein's] pattern of unwanted sexual conduct."

  • NY AG Proposes Stricter Data Security Laws Citing Equifax Breach

    December 01, 2017 |

    Following the Equifax Inc. breach that compromised personal information of 145.5 million Americans including more than 8 million New Yorkers, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is proposing comprehensive legislation to tighten data security laws

  • The Food Safety Modernization Act

    December 01, 2017 |

    Part Two of a Two-Part Article

    Last month, the author began discussion of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which will have a large impact on the food and feed industry in the coming years. The author continues here with an explanation of some of the effects the FSMA is expected to have on equipment manufacturers and on lenders and lessors.