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Monthly Archives from March 2018

The Risk of Public Statements about Someone’s Behavior

With apologies to my academic friends: it is sometimes said that arguments in academia are especially vehement because the stakes are so low. However, from the perspective of Florida community college professor Isabel Del Pino-Allen, the stakes in her defamation lawsuit against a fellow professor are very high: her employment and reputation. Del Pino-Allen sued Juan Santelises for slander after the fellow professor allegedly made numerous false, malicious, and defamatory claims to the administration of […]

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Tips for Employers to Complete Form I-983 for the F-1 OPT STEM Extension

One important requirement for the OPT STEM extension is the completion of a Training Plan using Form I–983. We created an FAQ to help you put together a plan. Download the PDF Now Still have questions? Reach out to the Marks Gray Immigration Team.

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Avoid Naked Licensing

When business owners develop a wonderful product, often other people want to sell the product or use the trademark to develop other products. For example, a business develops a popular tasty rum and sells it under a registered trademark, YUMMY. Friends of the creator want to make rum cakes and rum sauces using the YUMMY mark. The two parties may end up negotiating a licensing agreement regarding the products and trademark. If the license agreement […]

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Required Minimum Distributions Part 3 – Death of IRA Owner

We have discussed the basics of Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) and how to use them to fund charitable giving. But what happens when a family member passes away owning an IRA? While dealing with the death of a parent, the parent’s retirement account is the last thing on your mind. But careful thought should be given when a family member passes away with a retirement account, especially if that family member was already receiving RMDs […]

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Attorneys Michael B. Bittner and Nicholas V. Pulignano, Jr. Honored by the Jacksonville Bar Association

Congratulations to attorneys Michael B. Bittner and Nicholas V. Pulignano, Jr. Mr. Bittner and Mr. Pulignano were recipients of 2018 Pro Bono Pins by the Jacksonville Bar Association Pro Bono Committee. On Friday, March 9, local attorneys were honored at the annual “Presentation of the Pins” at the Duval County Courthouse. About 270 lawyers were recognized for performing 20 or more hours of pro bono services in the past year.

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Does Florida’s Journalist Privilege Apply to Unsolicited Information? How Can It Not?

On December 1, 2014, Travel Weekly published a glowing article about former Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Colin Veitch, calling him a “visionary” and maybe “the most influential and creative cruise CEO of the past decade”. Veitch’s successor as CEO, Kevin Sheehan, took issue with that characterization and wrote an email to Travel Weekly’s publisher and editor-in-chief. As a result, the publication removed the article from its website a few days later. Colin Veitch then sued […]

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