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By Robert D. Michaux Federal judicial caseload statistics from U.S. courts indicate a decline in the number of appeals concerning intellectual property filed in and pending before federal appellate courts over the last decade. Only a small fraction of rulings by federal appellate courts are formally published, with unpublished opinions having no legal weight as...
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Christian & Barton attorney Steven W. Lippman received an Emerson G. Spies Award from the Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD) during the organization’s Annual Meeting Jan. 19. The award recognizes a YLD member who demonstrates outstanding enthusiasm, loyalty and dedication in performing work for the VBA the preceding year. Since 2022 Lippman has...
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Christian & Barton welcomes Rachel V. Rogers as an associate in the Health Care and Business Law practice groups. She assists clients with a variety of general health care matters, including state and federal regulatory compliance, managed care agreements, telehealth, reimbursement issues, Medicare and Medicaid concerns, breach of health records requirements, and general corporate matters....
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The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that the provisions of the Lanham Act prohibiting trademark infringement and unfair competition are not extraterritorial and extend only to claims where the claimed infringing “use in commerce” occurs in the United States. The decision, Abitron Austria GmbH, et al. v. Hetronic International, Inc., is a major setback for...
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Generative AI is a type of artificial intelligence system that creates new data from patterns and structures learned from enormous amounts of training text and data such as books and websites, images, sound recordings and videos. In response to prompts, generative AI will produce realistic, human-like text and conversations, and some applications will create images,...
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The federal Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) was designed to protect U.S. national security and the U.S. financial system from money laundering and other illicit activities concealed by anonymous shell companies by requiring domestic companies and foreign companies registered to do business in the U.S. to report information on their beneficial ownership. Effective Jan. 1, 2024...
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Millions of families have used 529 college savings programs to save for educational expenses. But parents have hesitated tying up funds in a 529 account because limited options were available to retrieve unused dollars if the student received a scholarship or took a path that did not use the entire savings account balance. Congress heard...
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Make a resolution to review your estate plan and confirm important information is available to a family member or trusted friend in the event of an emergency or death. While not all inclusive, the following information should be reviewed then communicated to your designated contact. Where access to an account is online, provide usernames, passwords...
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The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, which became law Jan. 1, 2020, was a bipartisan effort to make retirement savings more accessible to the less advantaged. While the Act touched on many areas, it made significant changes to the way individual retirement accounts (IRAs) are treated. Here are some of the...
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The Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA), a comprehensive privacy law that will affect many businesses either based in Virginia or doing business with or marketing to consumers in the Commonwealth next year, has been amended by the 2022 General Assembly. The amendments relate to consumer requests to delete personal data held by a business,...
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