After many years of debate and three previous attempts to address the issue of spousal support/alimony reform in Florida, Governor DeSantis signed into law a measure that substantially revamped Florida’s alimony laws. The law went into effect on July 1st, 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.
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.
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.
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.