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Twibel Hits the Courts: Defamation and the Internet

Editor: Please start our discussion by defining the concept of “Twibel.” Ardebili: “Twibel” combines the words “Twitter” and “libel,” and is shorthand for the online publication of a false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation...

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Thinking of Setting Up Your Own Nonprofit? Here’s What You Need to Know

Thinking Of Setting Up Your Own Nonprofit? Here’s What You Need To Know Americans are often described as the most generous people in the world. An overwhelming majority of us make gifts to religious institutions, schools, cultural organizations and other established charities, big and...

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Appellate Law

Patent System Benefits From Supreme Court Guidance In Alice v. CLS Bank

Editor: Provide a brief description of your practice. Long: I started out as an engineer rocket scientist before going into law. My 20-year patent practice focuses primarily on litigation in district and appellate courts, as well as proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“...

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Intellectual Property

Employee Mobility And The Protection Of Trade Secrets

Editor: Intellectual property is one of a company’s most valuable assets. Why are trade secrets particularly at risk when an employee leaves a company? Steiner: So much of a company’s value comes not from its physical plant, equipment or any other so-called bricks and mortar that...

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International Trade

U.S. And EU Ratchet Up Coordinated Sanctions On Russia

The United States and European Union recently implemented enhanced, coordinated sanctions on Russia in response to the continuing situation in Ukraine. New U.S. Measures The U.S. measures include new restrictions on Russia’s energy sector and enhanced capital restrictions. The new...

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Federal Appellate Court Issues Broad Interpretation Of Term “Instrumentality” Under FCPA

On Friday, May 16, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued a significant ruling addressing the definition of the term “instrumentality” as used in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (the “FCPA”). United States v. Joel Esquenazi and Carlos...

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Labor & Employment

Avoid A Penalty Flag: Fantasy Football Legal FAQs

There are close to 26 million people playing fantasy football this season, so it is highly likely that some of your employees are among them. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions concerning this new pastime, so “fantasy football” does not become a “nightmare”...

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