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By David M. DiSegna A “trademark” is any word, phrase, logo or design that identifies the source of goods or services. Trademarks are used to distinguish one’s products and services from those of another. The strength of a trademark depends on its distinctiveness.  Along the distinctiveness spectrum are five generally recognized categories of trademarks, which...

By Madeline M. Ursini and Elizabeth O. Manchester On March 5, 2024, the U.S. Department of Education (the “Department”) announced that Liberty University (“Liberty”) has agreed to pay a fine of $14 million for material and ongoing violations of the Federal Clery Act. This fine, which was imposed by the Department’s Office of Federal Student...

By David M. DiSegna Your company’s trademarks are an integral part of its brand and identity. Registering your trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office provides valuable advantages for defending against trademark infringement by competitors and enforcing your intellectual property rights. Key Benefits of Federal Trademark Registrations: Nationwide Notice: Provides constructive notice of...

By Allison L. Fleet As of January 1, 2024, a Rhode Island law prohibits landlords, rental agents, and property managers from charging application fees in connection with tenant rental applications. Application fees include credit checks, background checks, screenings and administrative services. Notwithstanding the new prohibition, landlords and their representatives are still permitted to pass through...

By Lawrence Sheh, Brian Reilly, and Madeline Ursini An updated version of this Client Alert is available, which includes the March 1, 2024 U.S. District Court decision – view here. This is a reminder that the Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”) took effect on January 1, 2024. Under the CTA, all entities formed or registered to...

By Madeline M. Ursini and Amy T.M. Oakley The IRS recently issued proposed regulations describing rules for eligible taxpayers that may now elect to transfer certain clean energy credits to unrelated third parties under Section 6418 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) enacted under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The clean energy tax incentive market...

By Morgan E. Hedly and Michael A. Gamboli The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a new rule (the “New Rule”) on January 9, 2024, defining “independent contractor” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Effective March 11, 2024, the rule returns to a six-factor test that asks whether, as a matter of economic reality,...

By Alicia J. Samolis, Sean M. Fontes, and Michael A. Gamboli Have you updated your policies for 2024 yet?  If not, chances are you are violating the law.  Here are some recent changes all employers should consider: NLRA DISCLAIMERS. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was busy this year issuing new requirements for handbook policies,...

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