Animal Law Update
Fox's Animal Law Update provides up-to-date information and relevant news on a myriad of topics that affect some of our four-legged friends. Join our team of seasoned attorneys as they offer valuable insight to proposed regulatory and statutory amendments that may impact your animal-related businesses or activities.
Delaware Bankruptcy Litigation
The Delaware Bankruptcy Litigation blog offers insight and updates on corporate bankruptcy proceedings in Delaware and throughout the United States.
Delaware Chancery Law Blog
The Delaware Court of Chancery is widely considered the preeminent forum for resolving disputes involving the internal affairs of the multitude of Delaware corporations and other business entities through which a vast amount of the world's commercial affairs is conducted. Join our Delaware corporate and commercial litigation attorneys—who are skilled at navigating this precedent-setting arena—as they guide you through the complex landscape of legal issues and analysis arising before this Court.
Delaware Intellectual Property Litigation Blog
Wilmington attorney Gregory B. Williams explores the decisions issued by the U.S. District Court of Delaware in the areas of antitrust and intellectual property law.
IP Spotlight Blog
Intellectual property is often the lifeblood of a company. As an experienced IP and registered patent attorney, James Singer keeps you up-to-date with the legal and business aspects of intellectual property and other intangible assets on his IP Spotlight blog. Covering topics such as licensing, due diligence, acquisition, compliance and risk management associated with patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, IP Spotlight provides insight, commentary and tips regarding recent legislation and developments in the industry.
Lone Star Bench & Bar Blog
Lone Star Bench & Bar is a blog about being a lawyer — and specifically about being a litigator in the state of Texas in the first quarter of the 21st Century. Authored by attorneys in Fox Rothschild’s Dallas office, the blog offers insights and analysis on the daily challenges lawyers face and the creative solutions they find.
Privacy Compliance & Data Security Blog
Privacy compliance and electronic data security affect almost every business. Data breach prevention is essential. Fox Rothschild's Privacy Compliance & Data Security Blog will help readers navigate through the policies and best practices of data breach response. The Blog covers topics including compliance with data protection laws and regulatory enforcement and litigation as well.
Securities Compliance Sentinel Blog
The highly regulated securities and financial industry has a host of complex problems—and financial institutions often find themselves on the receiving end of audits, investigations and other compliance issues. Our seasoned securities attorneys have the knowledge and experience to address cutting edge industry issues. Join them in their exploration of this increasingly complex area.
South Florida Trial Blog
To successfully navigate South Florida’s court system, it’s key to have a trusted team of experienced trial litigators to help you tackle complex legal issues throughout the region. Attorneys in our West Palm Beach office possess extensive knowledge of the commercial litigation, corporate bankruptcy and other issues that wind their way through the courts in South Florida. Their blog provides informed analysis and insight into cases, decisions, rules and other matters that could impact your company's claims and defenses in civil courts, bankruptcy courts and other forums.
Recent Blog Posts
- Why GDPR Matters to U.S. Companies With the European’s Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR) taking effect in less than 100 days, the interest of many U.S. Companies has been piqued as to how the GDPR may affect their overseas and internet-based businesses. This article on CFO.com (link: Why GDPR Matters), which I co-authored with Bill Shipp from Vaxient, LLC and Jonathan Marks, CPA from Marcum, LLP, tackles this hot issue and answers why GDPR should matter to U.S. companies in a wide variety of industries. To... More
- Chancery Approves Sale of TransPerfect Global, Inc. The Delaware Court of Chancery recently approved a plan to sell TransPerfect Global, Inc. (“TransPerfect” or the “Company”) to co-owner Philip Shawe. In the Court’s most recent opinion issued earlier on February 15, 2018, In re TransPerfect Global, Inc., C.A. No. 9700-CB (Del. Ch. Feb. 15, 2018), Chancellor Bouchard approved a sale agreement that permitted Shawe to acquire shares of the company owned by Elting. Specifically, the Court accepted the recommendation of the court-appointed Custodian to approve a transaction in which one of the... More
- The importance of studying human behavior related to pet adoptions and its unintended impact on animal health and welfare. The unfortunate and misguided bans of sales of professionally and purposely-bred dogs throughout the United States (which as previously described violates the constitutional rights of many and exposes people and pets to a host of infectious, sometimes deadly diseases), reveals a dearth of objective and science-based research about the welfare of dogs (and puppies) historically provided to the public from breeders through pet stores compared with the welfare of these pets sold (aka adopted) through rescue and shelter channels. Fortunately, through... More
- The importance of studying human behavior related to pet adoptions and it’s unintended impact on animal health and welfare. The unfortunate and misguided bans of sales of professionally and purposely-bred dogs throughout the United States (which as previously described violates the constitutional rights of many and exposes people and pets to a host of infectious, sometimes deadly diseases), reveals a dearth of objective and science-based research about the welfare of dogs (and puppies) historically provided to the public from breeders through pet stores compared with the welfare of these pets sold (aka adopted) through rescue and shelter channels. Fortunately, through... More
- Chief Judge Stark Grants Defendant’s Renewed JMOL Motion After Finding Patent-in-Suit Invalid for Lack of Enablement By Opinion entered by The Honorable Leonard P. Stark in Idenix Pharmaceuticals LLC et al. v. Gilead Sciences, Inc., Civil Action No. 14-846-LPS (D.Del. February 16, 2018), the District Court granted in part Defendant Gilead Sciences, Inc.’s renewed motion for judgment as a matter of law (“JMOL Motion”) after finding that the asserted claims of the patent-in-suit, U.S. Patent No. 7,608,597 (“the ‘597 patent”) are invalid for failure to meet 35 U.S.C. § 112’s enablement requirements. The Court denied Defendant’s... More
- Only the Financially Distressed May File for Bankruptcy On February 13, 2018, Judge Silverstein of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court granted a motion to dismiss the Rent-A-Wreck of America bankruptcy case (Bankr. D. Del. case 17-11592). Judge Silverstein’s opinion is available here (the “Opinion”). In summarizing her holding, Judge Silverstein provides: These privately-owned debtors are not in financial distress (or at least they have not proven they are), and they seek to use 11 U.S.C. § 365 to redistribute value from a long-time adversary to enrich their ultimate shareholder. The one entity that may... More
- Florida Construction Contracts: Significant Changes in the 2017 AIA Documents – The Standard Insurance Exhibit Perhaps the most significant change to the A201-2017 is the inclusion of a comprehensive insurance exhibit. Prior to the inclusion of the insurance exhibit in the 2017 update, parties to an AIA construction contract would often draft a separate insurance exhibit or rider that was reviewed and approved by their insurance agents. The new standard form insurance exhibit, which becomes Exhibit A to a comprehensive owner-contractor agreement, alleviates the need to create a separate exhibit from scratch. The new insurance exhibit... More
- Re-Evaluating Liability Exposure and Security Needs in the Era of Mass Shootings During the last five years, the United States has seen a drastic increase in mass shootings. On November 5, 2017, just after 11:00a.m., a gunman entered a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas and opened fire. That Sunday morning 26 church patrons were killed and another 20 were injured including men, women and children. On October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at a music festival in Las Vegas leaving 58 people dead and 851 injured. On June 12,... More
- Hemp – A Florida Cash Crop That Might Have Some Juice Please see my post, over on Fox’s In the Weeds blog, regarding the possible resurgence of hemp as a Florida cash crop and, perhaps, as a crop to replace the citrus industry. Dori K. Stibolt is a partner with the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP. Dori defends and counsels management in labor and employment litigation matters pertaining to wage and overtime claims, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, leave/restraint, and whistle-blower claims. You can contact Dori at 561-804-4417 or [email protected] More
- Trial By Jury – Part 1 So you are a party to a new civil litigation case, which means you have either sued someone or just been sued. Your lawyer sends you an email that the Court has just set your case for a non-jury trial for a date in the future. In the same email, your lawyer asks if you want to pay the jury fee, which usually is nominal, and have the matter set for jury trial, or whether you prefer to have the case... More
- United States District Court for the District of Delaware Announces New Procedures for Assignment of Cases to Senior Judge Sleet The United States District Court for the District of Delaware has announced new procedures for assignment of cases to Senior Judge Gregory M. Sleet in light of Judge Sleet’s retirement from the bench during the fall of 2018 and two current District Judge vacancies on the Court. With respect to new civil cases, for the time being, Senior Judge Sleet will continue to draw a share of new civil cases equal to that of the Court’s active District Judges. The... More
- Major Portion of January Data Breaches Target Health Care Usernames and passwords were exposed in a number of reported data breaches. According to the monthly report from the Identity Theft Resource Center, the health care industry suffered more data breaches in January than government, educational and financial sectors combined. Medical and health care-related data breaches accounted for 26.7 percent of the verified 116 data breaches in early 2018. The report defines a breach as a cybersecurity incident in which personal information such as emails, medical records, Social Security numbers or driver’s... More
- Peacock’s Flight Denied You have likely heard about the recent attempt by an individual to board a flight with a peacock who purportedly served as an emotional support animal. See, e.g., “Woman denied emotional support peacock on United Flight.” United has published current rules regarding Psychiatric/Therapeutic/Emotional Support Animal Authorization on its website, which indicates that changes to the current requirements will be forthcoming: Pursuant to the Department of Transportation (DOT) guidance for the carriage of service animals, United requires a passenger with a qualified disability... More
- Federal Circuit starts 2018 with two favorable decisions for software patents After issuing two very negative decisions that called the future of software patent-eligbility into question, in January 2018 the Federal Circuit moved its software patent-eligibility pendulum back in the direction of finding eligible subject matter in software patents. In Core Wireless Licensing S.A.R.L.. v. LG Electronics, Inc. (Jan. 25, 2018), the court affirmed a district court decision that denied a request for summary judgment that the claims of patents 8,713,476 and 8,434,020 were directed to ineligible subject matter. The patents disclosed and claimed... More
- Cybersecurity Patent Strategies vs. the Growing Barriers to Software Patents More and more companies who offer blockchain and other next generation cybersecurity technologies are seeking patents to help protect their competitive position. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO’s) Technology Center 2400, which covers networking, multiplexing, cable and security technologies, includes over 200 Patent Examiners who focus on security technologies. TC 2400 issued over 33,000 patents in 2017. During this period, the USPTO’s overall allowance rate was 59.4%. Despite this apparent boom, patent applications covering cybersecurity technologies have faced increasing scrutiny... More