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|I’m Being Sued for What?!? Analyzing the Florida Supreme Court’s Opinions Applying the Foreseeable Zone of Risk Test To Determine if a Legal Duty Is Owed|
Samuel C. Higginbottom; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
February 26, 2015, previously published on December 1, 2014All too often, the first time a client learns of a negligence claim is upon receipt of plaintiff’s counsel’s request for their insurance policy. The client does not always understand why or how they may be responsible to a claimant. This is particularly the case for small businesses...
|Florida Couples May Be Able To Keep Their Business Through Divorce Mediation|
Daniel M. Copeland Attorney at Law P.A.;
February 19, 2015When the couple¿s relationship ran smoothly, their business usually ran smoothly as well. That may not be the case, though, during divorce proceedings. Yet it need not be that way. If a couple is willing to consider divorce mediation, they may be able to continue to work together in the business...
|Law Society Amends Guidance on Gifts to Will Drafters and Conflicts of Interest|
Paul Hewitt; Withers Bergman LLP;
February 18, 2015, previously published on February 9, 2015We reported in the January alert on the Law Society Practice Note Preparing a will when your client is leaving a gift for you, your family or colleagues.
|Compensation Policy for Officers under the 20th Amendment to the Companies Law, 5759- 1999|
Efrati Galili Co. Law Offices;
February 18, 2015, previously published on February 2, 2015Compensation Policy for Officers under the 20th Amendment to the Companies Law, 5759- 1999
|U.S. Department of Homeland Security Extends REAL ID Document Enrollment Dates Affecting State-Issued Driver’s Licenses and IDs|
Nataliya Binshteyn; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 17, 2015, previously published on January 2, 2015Pursuant to its phased implementation of the REAL ID Act, which establishes minimum standards for the production and issuance of state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits federal agencies from accepting non-compliant versions of these documents for official...
|Ninth Circuit Rejects Use of Preemptive Litigation to Validate Federal Approvals|
James Rusk; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
February 17, 2015, previously published on November 24, 2014The Ninth Circuit has rejected a “novel litigation strategy” that Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc., employed in an effort to preempt a possible litigation challenge to federal approvals that Shell received for Arctic oil exploration. After receiving the approvals, but before any suit had been...
|Provisional Patents as a Strategy for Tech Start-Ups|
Chinh H. Pham, Fang Xie; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 16, 2015, previously published on December 10, 2014Filing a provisional patent application in the U.S. is often a useful strategy for start-up tech companies. A provisional patent application allows a company to preserve an earlier filing date at a minimal expense and delays a much more significant expenditure associated with a non-provisional...
|Pennsylvania Bureau Changes Due Dates for Renewing Charitable Solicitation Registrations|
Marla K. Conley, Noel Andrew Fleming; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP;
February 6, 2015, previously published on November 2014On October 14, 2014, Governor Corbett signed H.B. No. 359 into law, changing the due dates for certain fundraising registrations required under Pennsylvania law. These changes take effect 60 days after the signing.
|Law Society Practice Note on Gifts to Will Drafters and Conflicts of Interest|
Withers Bergman LLP;
January 22, 2015, previously published on January 6, 2015The Law Society issued a new practice note entitled 'Preparing a will when your client is leaving a gift for you, your family or colleagues' in October 2014. Occasionally charities do have to consider the appropriate response where they are residuary beneficiaries but the drafter of the will takes...
|Donations to a Charity from Its Trading Subsidiary: Unlawful?|
Withers Bergman LLP;
January 20, 2015, previously published on November 28, 2014The Charity Commission has withdrawn its longstanding endorsement of donations to a parent charity that exceed the donating subsidiary’s distributable profits in light of a report by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.