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Yearly Archives from 2017

Shareholder Edward L. Birk Launches a New Blog

Marks Gray, P.A. is pleased to announce attorney Edward L. Birk recently launched a new blog, Media and First Amendment Law.  Mr. Birk is a thought leader and frequent speaker on first amendment law. In his first blog installments he discusses; The Difference Between Fake News and a Media Error: What We Can Learn from Las Vegas and Tom Petty  and Lawsuit Threats from Movie Mogul Weinstein: Are They Real?   Mr. Birk practices in the areas […]

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USCIS Policy Guidance on H-1B Master’s Cap Exemption

This May, USCIS issued an important policy memorandum about the H-1B master’s cap exemption. In order to qualify for the exemption, the institution granting your master’s degree must be considered a US institution of higher education, as defined by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), at the time you received your master’s degree. If the institution is qualified after your graduation date, you are not eligible for the master’s cap exemption and must enter the general H-1B […]

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INTA’s Careers in Trademark Law Panelist at FSU College of Law

The International Trademark Association and FSU College of Law featured Crystal Broughan as a panelist for their event, “Careers in Trademark Law: A Panel Discussion for Law Students,” on October 11, 2017. The IP Law Society at the FSU College of Law partnered with the INTA Academic Committee to provide inspiration to students interested in Intellectual Property Law.  Crystal and two other Florida IP attorneys shared their thoughts and advice on career opportunities in trademark […]

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IRS Provides Help for Those Impacted by Hurricane Irma

As we work to recover from Hurricane Irma, the IRS and Congress have provided some help in the form of extensions for filing returns and paying taxes as well as significant tax relief measures that recently became law. Among other things, these provisions include: New employment-related tax credits, Increased and more widely available tax deductions for personal casualty losses, Favorable changes to the rules regarding early withdrawals from retirement plans, An increase in the amount […]

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Shareholder Edward L. Birk named Lawyer of the Week

Marks Gray is proud to announce Ed Birk was named Lawyer of the Week. The Lawyer of the Week is a global community of lawyers that inform and encourage each other. Lawyer of the Week was formed by Pamela DeNeuve, lawyer and law firm strategist. Please click here to view the Lawyer of the Week video. Mr. Birk is a News Media & First Amendment attorney. In addition, he represents clients in municipal liability, E.R.I.S.A. Benefits; […]

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Lawsuit Threats from Movie Mogul Weinstein: Are They Real?

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long pattern of offensive conduct has been widely reported. Both before and after the New York Times published its articles, his attorneys threatened to sue the Times for defamation. It’s hard to imagine how that is a credible threat. Mr. Weinstein admitted that some of his conduct has caused pain to his colleagues. His statement in the newspaper included this: “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past […]

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