• How NY Courts Find Copyright Preemption of State Law Claims

    August 01, 2021 |

    Under §301 of the U.S. Copyright Act, state law claims that are "equivalent" to exclusive rights in copyrights granted by federal law are preempted by the federal statute. To survive preemption, courts consider whether a state law claim in a lawsuit has an "extra element" that qualitatively distinguishes it from a federal copyright claim.

  • Virtual Reality or the New Reality of Virtual Practice?

    August 01, 2021 |

    In response to the worst period on record for cyber attacks, the ABA published Formal Opinion 498 to address practicing law outside of the traditional brick-and-mortar office environment. It reminds lawyers that while the ABA Model Rules permit virtual practice, they provide minimum requirements and recommendations for virtual practice, particularly in the areas of competence, confidentiality and supervision.

  • Strategy vs. Tactics: Two Sides of a Difficult Coin

    August 01, 2021 |

    With each successive large-scale cyber attack, it is slowly becoming clear that ransomware attacks are targeting the critical infrastructure of the most powerful country on the planet. Understanding the strategy, and tactics of our opponents, as well as the strategy and the tactics we implement as a response are vital to victory.

  • Activision Trial Counsel Discusses Case About Video Game Character

    August 01, 2021 |

    Activision Blizzard and a trial team led by San Francisco-based Durie Tangri partner Daralyn Durie recently faced down a $400 million copyright suit in the Eastern District of Texas. In this Q&A, Durie talks about the strategy and the theatrics of the four-day trial.

  • Key Issues In Cyber Insurance Policies

    August 01, 2021 |

    The surge in ransomware attacks has made familiarity with the provisions of cyber insurance essential for professionals in the entertainment industry, which is among prime targets of ransomware operatives.

  • Hoteling Here to Stay As Law Firms Return to the Office

    August 01, 2021 |

    For the Big 4 consultancies, hoteling has been a positive operational construct for over a decade, or in some cases longer. The success of the decentralized law firm depends in some part on how well firms can shift "hoteling" from the negative connotation of "losing my desk" to the positive connotation of "having a hotel-like experience."

  • Fear of Unknown In Force Majeure Litigation Prompting Settlements

    August 01, 2021 |

    Since the pandemic began, lawyers have been using the coronavirus to justify nonpayment of rent, construction delays and even termination of labor contracts. But the prospect of litigating a contract cancellation based on force majeure is still so fraught with peril that many breach-of-contract disputes end in an amicable resolution.

  • Legislature Modifies HSTPA to Assist Co-ops

    August 01, 2021 |

    In June, New York's lawmakers approved amendments to the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act, exempting cooperative corporations from some of the most onerous provisions, and clarifying others. Once signed, the new legislation will not only be a huge victory for the thousands of cooperative apartment buildings but also for many potential purchasers who were unable to purchase in those buildings as a result of the Act.