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Supreme Court Derails Contacts-Based Approach to Jurisdiction

July 10, 2023

The Supreme Court this week upended long-held understandings of when a state court can assert personal jurisdiction over an out-of-state business. 

SCOTUS Limits Extraterritorial Reach of Lanham Act

June 29, 2023

In a 9-0 decision on June 29, 2023, the Supreme Court held in Abitron Austria GmbH v. Hetronic Intl., Inc. that the Lanham Act, which is the underpinning of all federal trademark law in the United States, cannot allow for recovery of damages connected with any non-domestic sales, limiting extraterritorial reach. The case concerned a trademark dispute between Hetronic, a U.S. company, and six foreign parties who are collectively deemed “Abitron”. Hetronic sought damages for Abitron’s infringement in the U.S. and globally, and the District Court entered a permanent injunction preventing Abitron from using Hetronic’s marks anywhere in the world and approved a jury award of $96 million in damages stemming from Abitron’s global infringement.

Employee or Independent Contractor? The Debate Continues

June 21, 2023
Marianne Curtis  |  Labor & Employment

Client Alert: Florida’s New Immigration Law and Implications for Private Employers

June 14, 2023
Ruth Vafek and Nikki Branch  |  Labor & Employment

Bad Spaniels Sent Back to Lower Court

June 12, 2023
Heidi Howard Tandy  |  Intellectual Property, Trademark Infringement

Client Alert: Florida Law Restricting Foreign Real Estate Investments

June 1, 2023
Edward Baker  |  Real Estate

Client Alert - U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Determines that Statute Governing Bankruptcy Sale Appeals is Not Jurisdictional

April 25, 2023
Erin M. Hoskins  |  Bankruptcy Litigation

Client Alert: New Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) and Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (PUMP Act): What Do Private Employers Need to Know to Comply?

March 14, 2023
Ruth Vafek  |  Labor & Employment

As part of the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 signed into law on December 29, 2022, private employers with 15+ employees* need to know about the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which goes into effect June 27, 2023

Intellectual Property and Generative AI

March 6, 2023
Justin Taylor and Geoffrey Lottenberg  |  Intellectual Property

As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to advance, new questions arise about how copyright and patent laws will apply to new content created by AI. 

Florida Real Estate Legislation to Watch in 2023

February 8, 2023
Jeffrey R. Margolis  |  Real Estate Legislation

Ahead of the 2023 Florida Legislative Session, several real estate related bills have been introduced in the Florida legislature that will be considered by lawmakers during the upcoming Legislative Session which begins in March.

Client Alert: Federal Trade Commission Proposes New Rule for Nationwide Ban on Noncompete Clauses in Labor Contracts

January 9, 2023
Leonard K. Samuels and Nikki Branch  |  Labor and Employment , Noncompete

On January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (commonly known as the “FTC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to ban the use of noncompete clauses by employers nationwide. True to their name, noncompete clauses block workers from working for competitors, or starting a new competing business, after employment ends for a set period.

LIBOR Being Replaced with Secured Overnight Financing Rate

January 6, 2023
Jeffrey R. Margolis  |  LIBOR, Mortgages , Interest Rates, Real Estate

LIBOR, formerly known as the London Interbank Offered Rate, was the key benchmark for setting interest rates charged on adjustable-rate loans, mortgages, and corporate debt for more than 40 years. However, LIBOR is being replaced by the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) which is considered a more accurate and more secure pricing benchmark.