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9 Aug 2:35 pm
June Cohan, Senior Legal Advisor in the Office of Patent Legal Administration at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today explained to attendees of an event about the Office’s patent eligibility guidance that there are no plans to revise the guidance in light of the denial of certiorari in American Axle. She also acknowledged several areas of “divergence,” or “outlier cases,” between the USPTO and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit (CAFC) approaches to determining patent eligibility which the Office has no plans for revising, despite… [read post]
9 Aug 2:27 pm
During a divorce, the spouses’ marital property will need to be divided in a fair manner. Most of what a married couple owns belongs to both of them equally. If it was acquired during the marriage, it is probably marital property, regardless of whose income was used to purchase it. However, there are some types of property that belong to one spouse rather than the marriage. The things that each spouse owns individually is their separate property, and it is not subject to equitable division during the divorce. One of the first steps in division of property is determining what is… [read post]
9 Aug 2:25 pm
The Consumer Product Safety Commission will host a roundtable FOIA discussion with requesters and agency staff on September 12, 2022. More details are available in CPSC’s Federal Register notice. [read post]
9 Aug 2:22 pm
Federal and state laws are in place to protect consumers from false advertising and scams that make deceptive claims about a product’s price, quality, or function. When consumers experience financial or other losses as a result of false or deceptive advertising, they have the right to pursue legal action with the help of a skilled attorney. However, how do you know when you have experienced a consumer scam? What are the signs to look out for? What are some common examples of false or misleading advertising? Read on to find out. Examples of false advertising First, what is an… [read post]
9 Aug 2:20 pm
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9 Aug 2:17 pm
As states seek to find innovative ways to address the access-to-justice crisis, a key component has been eliminating or loosening the prohibition on non-lawyer ownership of law firms. Two years ago, Arizona became the first state to completely eliminate the prohibition. Just two weeks earlier, Utah had approved sweeping changes in legal services regulation that that allowed non-traditional legal services providers. Other states continue to study the issue. In the face of these regulatory reforms, the American Bar Association voted today at its annual meeting to send a decidedly mixed… [read post]
9 Aug 2:16 pm
One of the most critical aspects of divorce is selecting an attorney that best fits your needs. It can become overwhelming to decide which divorce lawyer will represent your interests and help you secure the most favorable outcome of your divorce. A few key things to remember when selecting a divorce attorney include the type of divorce you are handling, your budget, and your personal ethics and values. Here are three essential tips for choosing the right attorney for your divorce.  Consider the Type of Divorce at Hand Before selecting the best attorney for you, it is crucial to… [read post]
9 Aug 2:14 pm
By: Christopher Smith *** A new climate bill has passed the United States Senate that, among other things, includes a revamped $7,500 tax credit for electric cars from all automakers. It’s a source of some discussion, however, as there’s a possibility it may not apply to a majority of new EVs sold in the US right now. And if nothing changes, no new EVs would be eligible in a few years   *** Read more… [read post]
9 Aug 2:06 pm
Being convicted of a crime can result in jail time and other serious criminal penalties. However, for many people, the consequences do not end when they get out of jail. Individuals who have been convicted of a criminal offense often find it nearly impossible to have a normal life. Because the record of the conviction is available to the public, other people can easily find out about the conviction, which can be humiliating. Employers and landlords who perform background checks or even simple internet searches may find the conviction record, making it extremely difficult for the… [read post]
9 Aug 2:04 pm
By Steve Benen *** In fact, describing the materials as “sensitive” appears to understate matters quite a bit. In February, The Washington Post reported that the classified documents in question “bore markings that the information was extremely sensitive and would be limited to a small group of officials with authority to view such highly classified information.” The Post went on to note in a follow-up report two weeks later that “only a very few” people even have the necessary clearances to review these records,… [read post]
9 Aug 1:59 pm
Texas law considers the welfare of children, disabled persons, and the elderly of the utmost importance. The inability of these protected groups to speak out for their wellbeing or to take action against predatory adults makes it all the more important for the law to protect their best interests at all times. Because of the internet’s saturation with child pornography and the difficulty of catching those responsible for creating and distributing indecent images, Texas has created laws that crack down all the harder on people who sexually exploit children.  But while there… [read post]
9 Aug 1:58 pm
“State supreme courts could soon decide on abortion, raising stakes of their midterm races”: James Bikales and Praveena Somasundaram of The Washington Post have this report. The post “State supreme courts could soon decide on abortion, raising stakes of their midterm races” appeared first on How Appealing. [read post]
9 Aug 1:58 pm
Total Wine & More, a Bethesda-based company that is the nation’s largest independent wine retailer, has renewed its lease on its headquarters located at 6600 Rockledge Drive, the Maryland Department of Commerce announced Tuesday morning. The press release did not specify the duration of the lease, and a representative of Total Wine & More could ... The post Total Wine renews lease, plans to add jobs and increase space at Bethesda headquarters first appeared on Maryland Daily Record. [read post]
9 Aug 1:47 pm
However the tech-focused small business program proceeds, some lawmakers are calling for change in how SBIR operates, according to documents obtained by Breaking Defense. The post Lawmakers Propose Changes To SBIR As Program Renewal Deadline Nears appeared first on Above the Law. [read post]
9 Aug 1:44 pm
By Susan B. Glasser and Peter Baker *** The divide was also a matter of values, of how they viewed the United States itself. That was never clearer than when Trump told his new chief of staff, John Kelly–like Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general–about his vision for Independence Day. “Look, I don’t want any wounded guys in the parade,” Trump said. “This doesn’t look good for me.”   *** Read much more of excerpt from forthcoming book…military/civilian…rule of law…martial law… [read post]
9 Aug 1:34 pm
During the past many years, I have written about some of the tax return preparers who have gotten into trouble because of their misdeeds, in posts such as Tax Fraud Is Not Sacred, More Tax Return Preparation Gone Bad, Another Tax Return Preparation Enterprise Gone Bad, Are They Turning Up the Heat on Tax Return Preparers?, Surely There Is More to This Tax Fraud Indictment, Need a Tax Return Preparer? Don’t Use a Current IRS Employee, Is This How Tax Return Preparation Fraud Can Proliferate?, When Tax Return Preparers Go Bad, Their Customers Can Pay the Price, Tax Return Preparer… [read post]
9 Aug 1:25 pm
Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Labor (DoL), and Department of the Treasury jointly issued guidance clarifying “protections for birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Pub. L. 111-148).”  Announcing the guidance, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra stated “under the ACA, you have the right to free birth control – no matter what state you live in,” and Labor Secretary Martin Walsh remarked “today’s guidance makes clear that the law requires group health plans and health insurance… [read post]
9 Aug 1:21 pm
On August 5, President Biden signed two bills into law that extend to ten years the statute of limitations for civil and criminal enforcement actions for fraud on the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (“EIDL”). These two bills—the PPP and Bank Fraud Enforcement Harmonization Act of 2022 and the COVID-19 EIDL Fraud Statute of Limitations Act of 2022—were both passed by Congress with bipartisan support.  The new laws show that the government will be prosecuting COVID-19 relief fraud for the foreseeable… [read post]
9 Aug 1:20 pm
Inadequate disclosures of litigated matters doomed an application for admission in Georgia Here, the record supports the Special Master’s findings and recommendation, which were adopted by the Board and formed the basis of its denial of Odion’s fitness application. Odion... [read post]