When “Forever” Is Not Forever

Ambiguity in a contract never favors the drafting party. This basic principle of contract law came back to bite Marvel Comics in a recent Court of Appeals Second Circuit decision, Friedrich v. Marvel, regarding copyright renewal. Gary Friedrich, Plaintiff, allegedly authored or at least co-authored a series of stories and screenplay depicting the fictional Ghost … More When “Forever” Is Not Forever

Essential Points of Web Developer Agreements

Clients of my practice usually either have a website or are planning to get one. From an intellectual property “IP” standpoint, the developer agreement is critical to ensure the right content and code necessary for your business to attract clients and customers. There are many terms to consider including project scope, testing, hosting, ownership, payment … More Essential Points of Web Developer Agreements

Defendant Prevails In Trademark Lawsuit Over Keyword Advertising

Google sells keywords to advertisers that involve the trademarks of competitors often bringing rise to claims for trademark infringement. The latest case attesting to the futility of bringing suits on this basis is General Steel v. Chumley where the Federal District Court in Colorado sided with the Defendant on the trademark claims based on keyword … More Defendant Prevails In Trademark Lawsuit Over Keyword Advertising

Gender Discrimination Claims Trump Dismissal For Cause

The 2nd Circuit last week reversed a summary judgment dismissal of Plaintiff’s Claims for gender discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliatory dismissal. In Mihalik v. Credit Agricole Cheuvreux North America, Inc. the Court found that although evidence of Plaintiff’s poor work performance supported her termination, there was also sufficient evidence of a hostile work environment such that a … More Gender Discrimination Claims Trump Dismissal For Cause

Don’t Trust Your Lawyer’s Billing?

That’s how the Viewabill post, http://venturebeat.com/2013/04/13/dont-trust-your-lawyers-billing-try-viewabill/, in VentureBeat began. Even if viewabill is a reliable software product encouraging billing transparency, I can’t help wondering why a client would even consider using a law firm that can’t be trusted to render an honest and accurate account. Of all the trusted advisor relationships that of attorney-client should … More Don’t Trust Your Lawyer’s Billing?

Non-Disclosure Agreement: So What’s The Point?

Clients often are concerned, and rightly so, about disclosing their ideas, plans, business models, etc. to potential partners and investors. Oftentimes I’m asked to prepare, or more often download one of the many forms online, a non-disclosure agreement “NDA.” This agreement usually sets forth various terms with regard to the use of any information or … More Non-Disclosure Agreement: So What’s The Point?