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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2014 – Michael G. Kessler, President & CEO of Kessler International was named a Finalist in the Accounting Executive of the Year category in The 2014 American Business Awards, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the program. Further, Kessler International was named a Finalist in the Accounting Company of the Year category, and will also ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the program. The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. […]


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Sioux City, IA (Law Firm Newswire) March 28, 2014 – The Law Offices of Crary, Huff, Ringgenberg, Hartnett & Storm, PC are pleased to announce that Jeremy Saint has been made a principal with the law firm. Jeremy has been with the firm since 2007 and practices primarily in, but is not limited to, the areas of real estate, business and corporate law. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and the Woodbury County Bar Association. He is a 2007 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, where he graduated with high distinction. Jeremy received […]


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Participants are paid to review branding material and provide feedback on proposed designs. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2014 – When law firms rebrand, create new marketing literature or design a new website, they want to know what their target market thinks. Anyone who has hired a lawyer in the United States after 2004 can now receive compensation for participation in a Custom Legal Marketing focus group. To qualify, a focus group participant must have retained a lawyer within the last 10 years. Both the focus group member and the retained attorney must have been (and be) […]


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David Landau & Associates, LLC (DLA) is excited to announce the expansion of its forensic accounting group to include a wider-breadth of services surrounding the litigation process. Fairfield, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) January 21, 2014 – David Landau & Associates, LLC (DLA) is excited to announce the expansion of its forensic accounting group to include a wider-breadth of services surrounding the litigation process.  David Landau, the firm’s Founder & CEO, will lead the newly formed Forensic Accounting & Litigation Support practice, which will now operate as its own service line. DLA has been providing forensic accounting and certain litigation offerings […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 1, 2013 – Never take it for granted that just because a copyright search site said a piece of copy is clear to use, that it is actually clear. “In general, public domain material is classified as content no longer copyrighted. If that is indeed the case, then people are allowed to use that work to create their own projects. The problem here is finding out if the material really is copyright free. While it may be checked on copyright search sites, this doesn’t always mean the material is indeed free of copyright issues,” […]


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New Kessler Survey finds that 95% of employees steal from employers, up from 79% in Kessler’s 1999 study. New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2013 – An anonymous survey conducted by Kessler International of 500 company employees in varying retail and service industries found that employees are more likely to steal from their employer than their customers. The theft comes in the form of stolen time, theft of office supplies and equipment, theft and sale of corporate secrets and even the theft of the products and services offered by their own employers. The startling uptick in theft was […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2012 – Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP (“AGMB”) is excited to announce that Eric B. Post has joined the firm as partner in its Litigation Practice Group, working in the firm’s New York office. Prior to becoming a partner at AGMB, Mr. Post was a litigation associate at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. Mr. Post brings to AGMB 13 years of experience handling complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution for large corporations in federal and state courts and in arbitration. Mr. Post’s extensive experience handling high-stakes litigation for corporate clients includes cases […]


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Provides pre-claim and risk mitigation consultation for small firms and solo practitioners Lisle, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2012 – In an era of complex litigation, advice and counsel before a potential claim arises goes a long way towards mitigating risk. As part of its value-added services to lawyers’ professional liability customers, AmerInst Professional Services, Ltd. and A. M. Best “A” rated insurance carrier, United States Fire Insurance Company (part of Crum & Forster insurance group), have launched a new hotline that allows policyholders to seek advice prior to submitting a claim. This is one of an array of […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2012 – A substantial amount of money may soon be tendered to pay for the outstanding claims made by recording artists for monies owed to them from digital sales of their music. Sony BMG has agreed to a settlement of $7.95 million for musicians such as Cheap Trick, The Allman Brothers, and The Youngbloods along with thousands of other class members. This deal will also give a 3 percent increase to their artists’ royalty rates for digital income. “The courts have determined that digital downloads should be recognized as a license, not […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2011 – Movie remakes and new interpretations happen all the time. But such popular topics should not detract from thoroughly researching copyrights, examining how a new work meets fair use laws, and seeking to enter into any appropriate licenses and/or contracts that are needed to ensure the production can continue on. Otherwise, a movie studio, director, and other relevant parties can be subject to litigation during filming, or even worse, after profits have started to come in. In the current case of Effie Film LLC v Gregory Murphy, Effie Film wanted to […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2011 – The recent weeks of content from Hollywood entertainment industry magazines almost read like court dockets. A Los Angeles producer sues a big-time movie studio. A reality TV show contract is leaked, and whoever did it will be on the hook for a $5 million penalty. A musician is sued for copyright infringement for sampling a song from decades ago. And the legal battles just keep going. The entertainment industry generates trillions of dollars globally, and an important part of that is upholding the rights of key players from top talent, […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2011 – “Point Break” is a cult movie classic involving an undercover FBI agent who pretends to be a surfer in order to mix in with a group of surfers who have robbed more than 25 banks, all with ex-president masks on. The movie has been successfully parodied in a theater production, “Point Break LIVE!” that has been seen by many in the Los Angeles area since 2007. But now the writer behind the parody, Jaime Keeling, feels she’s being robbed and is suing New Rock Theater Productions for using her script […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2011 – Companies put a lot of effort and money into their designs, sales and marketing tactics, so it is no wonder the Car-Freshner Corporation is aggravated by a company that is trying to use a similar tree design for its financial benefit. In a lawsuit against Stanislawski Marketing Ventures, who is doing business as Beck & Call promotional products, Car-Freshner alleges that the company “offers, markets, and distributes promotional air fresheners with a tree design that is indistinguishable from and confusingly similar to Car-Freshner’s distinctive Tree Design Marks.” The case is […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2011 – Social media has now reached such a fever pitch in our society that people want to copyright their tweets on Twitter and Facebook posts. Los Angeles intellectual property attorney Anthony Spotora has received many calls recently for people wanting to copyright their words, sue others for copying posts, and for claims of social media defamation. Right now copyright protection does not exist for social media users. Many of the sites’ terms of service policies show that by posting content an individual automatically grants the site to use, copy, display, and […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 14, 2011 – The small print on a website seems hardly interesting, but the terms of service (“TOS”) agreement on a business’ home page is a must have to protect the business and its users. A recent incident on Electronic Arts’ Dragon Age 2 online message board is a great example of what a terms of service agreement can do. Electronic Arts bought Dragon Age 2’s creator, BioWare, in 2007, and now a gamer must open an online account with EA to play the game. One of them voluntarily wrote on the BioWare […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2011 – In February, the director, screenwriter, and entertainment companies involved in The Hurt Locker filed a motion to countersue Iraq war veteran Jeffrey Sarver. Master Sgt. Sarver claims that the movie was based on his own life story within the Army bomb squad and originally sued the group the day before the Academy Awards in 2010. Now that the countersuit is transferred to California, The Hurt Locker group is using the anti-SLAPP statute to allege their free speech is being compromised and requesting the judge to order Sarver to pay their […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 23, 2011 – Knowing what is what in the business world when it comes to trade and service marks helps a business move forward. “It’s often helpful if people understand the differences between trade and service marks when they’re running a business. A trademark is protection you get for any device, symbol, name or word that’s original and new. The trademark says the product is protected by trademark law and is the property of the mark owner. An example would be the Nike ‘swoosh’ mark, which everyone recognizes,” said David Alden Erikson, a […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2011 – Imagine a business owner doing a routine Google search of his business and name, only to find that a website thousands of miles away had copied the logo, design, text and even some photos. This is what happened to the law firm of Gordon & Doner out of Palm Beach, Fla. when they looked themselves up and found the British firm of Maslin & Associates with a copycat website. A business should protect its website and all the content, design, and graphics by copyrighting it. This way, all the original […]


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The Hell’s Angels are suing design house Alexander McQueen. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 13, 2010 – “This is a lawsuit one would normally expect to see on the dockets, but there it is,” said David Alden Erikson, a Los Angeles business litigation attorney. Mr. Erikson specializes in Los Angeles fashion law, internet law, business litigation, trademark and copyright law. “This lawsuit involves the Hell’s Angels bikers suing Alexander McQueen’s fashion design house and Saks for trademark infringement. What could the design house possibly be infringing on? Would you believe the bikers death-head design? It seems the death-head […]


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Trademark infringement goes international these days when companies based in the U.S. sue companies based in Europe. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 24, 2010 – U.S.-based Smart Blocks Inc., a maker of construction toys, sued the Danish company Lego A/S, noted as one of Europe’s largest toymakers. Smart Blocks petitioned the federal court for a determination that they were not infringing on Lego trademarks. Smart Blocks, whose headquarters are in San Marcos, Calif., are noted for their talking building blocks that feature six built-in depressible pins. The toys are marketed in seven different colors and have a variety […]


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