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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act

Mass layoffs mean that a large number of people have lost their jobs. The devastating effects of a mass layoff extend out into the community. When a group of community members has lost their livelihoods, they cannot contribute to the local economy as they could before. They lack the financial resources to purchase goods and services. Thus, other community members become adversely affected by mass layoffs.
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Monday, September 9, 2019

Former Tinder Executive Sues Company for Wrongful Termination

What are the grounds for a claim of wrongful termination?

A former executive of the popular dating app Tinder, Inc. has filed suit against Tinder’s parent companies alleging both sexual assault and wrongful termination. Rosette Pambakian worked as the vice president of marketing and communications at Tinder starting in 2012. During that time, Gregory Blatt acted as the chief executive.
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Monday, August 19, 2019

Elements of a Copyright Infringement Case

A copyright provides legal protection which grants creators the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, and create derivative work of a copyrighted entity. If someone other than the copyright holder uses copyrighted material without the owner’s permission, copyright infringement has occurred. It can be a costly legal mistake to infringe upon the copyright of another. The party responsible for the infringement may be held liable for damages including $750 to $150,000 per work, or the actual damages and profits that were earned because of the infringement. Additional penalties may include court costs and attorney’s fees and, in some instances, even jail time.
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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Would Donald Trump’s “Go Back to Your Country” Statements Constitute Employment Discrimination?

By now, you have likely heard of the controversy surrounding some recent tweets and statements made by President Trump towards several female Democratic congresswomen. The President’s tweet read that certain congresswomen, who had allegedly made statements expressing their discontent with America in its current state, should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.” Further, Trump repeated the sentiment in a speech issuing a broader sentiment that if you are not happy here in the United States, you can leave.

Trump’s statements have been lambasted broadly by the media. His controversial statements have raised interesting issues as to whether President Trump’s statements, in fact, constitute racist remarks and whether they could be grounds for employment discrimination.
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Friday, July 19, 2019

Supreme Court Rules in Copyright Owner Case

Copyright Registration

You may have valid ownership rights to copyright without a copyright registration. However, Section 411(a) of the Copyright Act makes it clear that no lawsuit may be brought regarding copyright infringement until “registration of the copyright claim has been made in accordance with this title.” The courts, however, have been split regarding the specifics of this provision. It is clear that a Read more . . .

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Former Jack in the Box Employee Awarded $15 Million in Wrongful Termination Case

What are the grounds for a viable wrongful termination action?

A Los Angeles Superior Court recently awarded a former Jack in the Box employee $15 million in damages following her wrongful termination. The substantial award will be contested by the San Diego based restaurant chain. Employees nationwide will want to review the case and follow the appeal to learn more about the grounds for wrongful termination. Every year, millions of employees will lose their jobs for various reasons, many not explained.  While most employment is at will, there are certain protected reasons that make it Read more . . .

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Google Asks the Supreme Court to Weigh In On Its Battle with Oracle

Should Google be made to pay for using portions of Oracle’s code?

What has been called the “copyright case of the decade” could soon be headed to the Supreme Court.  The saga of Oracle versus Google continues, as Google has now requested the nation’s highest court to hear the ongoing matter. Over 175 companies have expressed their support for the Supreme Court to take up the action.  Should the Supreme Court take the case, it will become a major decision to be referred to for decades in the field of copyright law. Below, our New York City Read more . . .

Thursday, June 27, 2019


A copyright can provide valuable legal protection. A copyright is a kind of intellectual property law protection. If your work is copyrighted, it is so from the moment it is created. Registration of the copyright, however, is required if you ever want to bring a copyright infringement lawsuit. Not all original works are eligible for Read more . . .

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Federal Employment Laws Protect LGBT Employees

Does federal law prohibit workplace discrimination based on an employee’s sexual orientation?

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will take up the important issue of whether federal employment laws protect LGBT employees.  The court will consider three different cases, two focused on discrimination based on sexual orientation and the third involving discrimination against a transgender employee. Already, the result of these cases is highly anticipated as it could have significant implications for the thousands of federal employees that identify as LGBT.
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Friday, May 17, 2019

Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)

The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWPA) is an an amendment to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Its purpose is to protect employees from discrimination on the basis of age. This usually means preventing an employer from doing things like firing only older staff members when making cuts or discriminating based on age in regards to employee benefits.

What is the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)?

The OWBPA provides several key protections for employees potentially facing discrimination based on age. The OWBPA prevents an employer from:

  • Discriminating in benefits based on an employees age
  • Firing only older employees when making reductions in staff
  • Forcing older workers to waive legal rights without proper safeguards in place

    Employee benefits include things like:

  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Retirement accounts
  • Pensions
  • Disability benefits

Under the OWBPA, employers, under most circumstances, are obligated to give equal benefits to both older and younger employees.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Supreme Court To Consider Title VII LGBT Claims

 The U.S. Supreme Court will hear three cases in its fall term to determine whether federal law prohibiting
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