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With 2020 now in the books, individuals and businesses are starting to prepare their annual tax returns for the just-concluded year. But businesses need to also be aware of the annual pay-to-play filings that are due in the coming weeks. Pay-to-play laws are statutes that impose certain requirements and restrictions on current and prospective government contractors. Pay-to-play laws sit at the intersection of government contracting and campaign-finance. The stated goals of these laws are generally…
As remote working environments became the “new normal”  for law firms in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives has become an even more critical priority. Two recent reports from the ABA – one in April 2020 entitled “Walking Out The Door” focused on female attorneys generally, followed by a June 2020 report specific to women of color, entitled “Left Out & Left Behind” – highlight persistent…
If you haven’t flipped on CNBC (or any media outlets) in the past couple of days, a number of Wall Street hedge funds took out short positions on adrift retail stocks like GameStop. Enterprising reddit users on a subreddit called r/WallStreetBets discovered the short positioned through required public disclosures, and then banded together to drive the hedge funds into underwater positions by buying up the stock’s price. So, suddenly, Gamestop was trading at around a…
There’s been a lot of chatter in the news recently about Robinhood, GameStop, and Reddit. But, if you’re anything like me, you’re likely barely making a dent in your endless daily to-do lists, and probably haven’t had the time to fully understand what’s got everyone talking. So just what is happening with Robinhood and GameStop, and why is it capturing headlines? How have they impacted the stock market? Moreover, what are the legal implications of…
As we transition into a new presidential administration and continue to face challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the legal landscape remains in flux. With topics such as athletes’ right to free speech, and a historical perspective on diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, Lawline’s February CLE lineup promises to keep you up-to-date on all of the latest legal developments. Free Speech In Sports: Do Athletes Tweet At Their Own Risk? Athletes’ right to…
There are a lot of legal podcasts out there, and wading through them is a recipe for decision fatigue. If you’ve ever listened to the first few minutes of a podcast and then switched over and over again to the one best suited for you – wasting a half hour that could have been spent on your workout – this list is for you. Every month, Lawline recommends four podcast episodes lawyers should listen to…
Receiving an Office Action is perhaps the most frustrating part of the trademark prosecution process. What’s the best way to proceed when the Office Action contains a substantive refusal of registration? Is your client’s mark doomed? How should you handle your client’s expectations and persuade the Examiner that this application should be approved for publication? In this guest blog post, Stacey Kalamaras shares her key tips for how to address this critical and sometimes scary…
Almost 1,500 lawsuits have been filed by policyholders against insurers, seeking to resolve disputes around insurance coverage for COVID-19-related business losses.  For those unfamiliar with insurance litigation trends, it’s important to put the scale of this into perspective. The average hurricane will result in about 50 to 100 cases being filed in the first year; from April till August 2020 we saw the same quantity of cases being filed each week for COVID-19-related losses.  So…
Effective January 1, 2021, New Jersey attorneys must complete 5 Ethics credits (up from the 4 previously needed), 2 of which must be Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias (DIEB). The total number of credits needed to meet the full CLE requirement is still 24. This change affects all attorneys due December 31, 2021 and later. Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias programs address diversity and inclusion in the legal system of all persons regardless…
2021 has promised many things: the start of a new Administration, continued distribution of two COVID-19 vaccines, and hope that the pandemic’s end is in sight. Lawline’s lineup of January CLE will keep you up-to-date on all of the latest updates and changes that the new year will bring. With topics ranging from COVID-19 in jails and prisons to immigration in 2021, there’s something for everyone. Check out some January highlights below:  Updates on Civil