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  • Why facts matter when using the fair use defense in trademark cases

    February / March 2018
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 521

    Abstract: The fair use defense can prove to be the bane of a trademark holder’s infringement claim. The good news for trademark holders, though, is that the defense is difficult to establish before trial, giving them the opportunity to prove their cases to juries. This article examines a recent case in which this happened. Marketquest Group, Inc. v. BIC Corp., No. 15-55755, July 7, 2017, 9th Cir.

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  • It may be time to offer annuity options to 401(k) plan participants

    February / March 2016
    Newsletter: Employee Benefits Update

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 521

    Abstract: In theory, enabling 401(k) plan participants to convert their accumulated retirement savings into a lifetime income stream through an annuity contract sounds like a win. After all, it allows them to basically turn their 401(k) into a pension, so that they have a predictable income stream during their lifetime. This article looks at why annuities haven’t been used more and whether new DOL guidance will change that.

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  • Profit fade: It’s a numbers game

    January / February 2016
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 521

    Abstract: At one time or another, just about every contractor has probably completed a job with high hopes only to find that the anticipated profit has somehow evaporated. That is, the costs of performing the work equaled or exceeded the revenue it brought in. This article suggests various ways to cope with such “profit fade,” including scrutinizing estimates and clarifying contracts.

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  • Don’t neglect your own financial plan

    Summer 2014
    Newsletter: Business Matters

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 521

    Abstract: Those who are responsible for the financial health of a company may find it easy to neglect their own wealth management goals. However, it’s critical to create a personal financial plan. This article describes the elements of an effective plan, including the “big picture” factors that affect net worth. A sidebar suggests three ways to cut spending.

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  • New model order – Federal Circuit targets e-discovery costs

    March / April 2012
    Newsletter: Advocate's Edge / Litigation Support

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 521

    Abstract: The Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has introduced a new model order for e-discovery. This article notes that, while the order was developed specifically for patent cases, it’s possible that it could also be adapted for less complex types of litigation in the future. Among other issues, the order addresses e-mail, search terms, and privilege and work product protections, with an eye toward reducing discovery expenses.

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  • Practical Perspectives: Key financial issues for you and your family – Rising exec reconsiders disability income insurance

    April / May 2010
    Newsletter: Trendlines

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 521

    Abstract: After a difficult period of unemployment, Sylvia scored a great job as an executive of a nonprofit. Her benefits package was decent except for one thing: Her group plan disability insurance fell short of her needs. As someone who had once been disabled following an auto accident, Sylvia couldn’t live without a good disability income insurance policy — especially in a slow-recovering economy. She visited her financial advisor to talk about what she should look for in a policy. The advisor offered several tips.

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  • Ethics matter — now more than ever

    August / September 2009
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 521

    Abstract: Even in healthy economic times when companies are thriving, business ethics can easily fall by the wayside. A poor economy only increases pressure on employees of every rank to do “whatever it takes” — even if it’s fraudulent or illegal. A company wishing to avoid these pitfalls needs to lay out the ground rules in a written policy and be prepared to enforce them. It also needs to develop strong internal controls and look out for poor quality control and evidence of fraud. And, it should be aware of specific potential risks when cutting costs.

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  • Turning bad news into good with an NOL deduction

    July / August 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 521

    Abstract: No one likes losses, but a net operating loss (NOL) may help your construction company because you can use it to offset past tax payments through carryback provisions or reduce future tax liabilities through carryforward provisions. Historically, a company could carry back an NOL two years and forward 20 years. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), however, increased the carryback period to five years for many 2008 NOLs. This article can help you determine if you qualify and whether you should carry a loss backward or forward.

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