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Criminal justice reform – “getting at” a better model

“I run a repair shop, not a junkyard.” It’s a motto Dave Larson spouts – frequently. But he is no auto mechanic. Larson is a Municipal Court Judge in Federal Way, Washington, a community of just under 100,000 people, located between Seattle and Tacoma. This city has experienced most of its growth as an affordable bedroom community to those larger cities to the north and south. Now it’s struggling to establish an identity of its own, while grappling with all of the attendant crises of the 21st century – including the opioid epidemic, homelessness, and crime.


What's Changing in IP Law?

What's Changing in IP Law? Carly Klein writes about the top changes in IP Law that have taken place over the past five years.


Tales From The IP Crypt

Halloween is a favorite and growing holiday. The National Retail Federation estimates that Halloween spending in the U.S. for the 2018 Halloween season will reach $9 billion. Helping to drive this market are the inventors, designers, and businesses who for more than a century have been working to provide holiday decorations, candies, and costumes, and also protecting their IP in these items.

 


Endorsements in Social Media

In late 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (‘FTC’) updated its Guide which makes it very clear that, when making a paid endorsement on social media (such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram), the endorser must openly disclose that they are being paid to make the endorsement. The FTC has commenced enforcement against both companies and influencers. The term influencer includes models. 


On the Right to Sue

From Texas: On the Right to Sue | Workers and Consumers Forced into Arbitration

On May 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court made a 5:4 decision to enforce arbitration requirements in employment contracts. It has previously ruled, in the 2015 DirecTV, Inc. v. Imburgia decision that arbitration agreements with consumers can force them into arbitration instead of successfully filing a lawsuit over services or products disputes. Yesterday’s ruling on employment contracts consolidated three cases that all questioned Congress’ Arbitration Act.