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Yearly Archives from 2021

Edward Birk elected to the Florida First Amendment Foundation’s Board of Trustees!

Congratulations to First Amendment attorney Edward Birk for being named to the Florida First Amendment Foundation’s Board of Trustees! The First Amendment Foundation believes that government openness and transparency are critical to citizen trust and involvement in our democratic society. Through ongoing monitoring of the state’s public records and open meetings laws, and the education of government officials and the citizens they serve about those laws, the Foundation promotes the public’s constitutional right to oversee and to […]

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Crystal Broughan appointed to Anticounterfeiting Committee!

Congratulations to Marks Gray Intellectual Property attorney Crystal T. Broughan for being appointed to the Anticounterfeiting Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA) for the 2022-2023 year! The committee will monitor developments in treaties, legislation, regulations and other enforcement mechanisms in various jurisdictions, complete analyses and propose policy recommendations to the Board. Please join us in congratulating Crystal!

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One Trademark Scammer Caught! Many More To Go

Trademark scammers abound in the marketplace. Their aim: to defraud legitimate trademark owners who have taken the time to register their trademarks with the USPTO.  I have warned clients and potential clients for years about these scams. Recently, one scammer was actually caught and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. District Court for South Carolina. What the Scam Was and What Happened After the Scammer Was Caught Viktors Suhorukovs defrauded approximately 2,900 […]

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Form I-9 Verification Violations: How are the Penalties Determined?

This is the ninth post in a series promoting the publication of my new book: I-9 Employment Verification eGuide: A Practical and Time-Saving Resource for HR Professionals. This free guide helps HR professionals navigate all the details of the I-9 verification process. These blog posts have been covering the first chapter of the book, “Top 10 Questions from Employers About I-9s.” So far, I have posted on: 6 of the Top I-9 Mistakes That Employers […]

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What should you know about the easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions for certain foreign nationals?

The White House announced plans to ease travel restrictions on certain international travelers coming into the United States beginning in early November 2021. The plan will rescind the current geographic COVID-19 related travel bans implemented for individuals from Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the U.K., and will instead move forward with solutions to deter the spread of COVID-19 based on individuals, rather than restrictions placed on entire countries or […]

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Library of Congress National Book Festival

Do you like reading books? Do you prefer the smell of a page to the glow of a Kindle?  Then you might be interested in the National Book Festival scheduled for September 17-26, 2021. The Library of Congress hosts this annual festival, and it is a wonderful event to attend. Due to the pandemic, the festival is virtual this year. To attend, check out the National Book Festival website. This year, the theme is “Open […]

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