Immigration Blog

USCIS Announces Funding Crisis, Premium Processing in Phases. Marks Gray Explains What It Means for Your Case.

Recently, USCIS said if it does not receive $1.2 billion in emergency funds from Congress, it would furlough thousands of employees at the start of July. On the flip side, after suspending service for several months, they released a schedule for the phased reopening of premium services. What does this mean for you? Let’s deal with the budget issue first.  If USCIS is not funded and the furloughs occur, this would result in ongoing delays […]

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What You Need to Know about This Years’ Cap-Gap and H-1B Cap Petitions Pending Adjudication

We are happy to report that we have begun to receive receipt notices for some H-1B FY2021 cap-subject petitions! Below are answers to FAQs to help employers and their F-1 cap-gap students continue to plan for the H-1B cap-gap. Have receipt notices from the Vermont Service Center come in yet?  No. We’re still waiting for the receipt notices for the H-1B cap petitions filed with the Vermont Service Center (VSC), which has reported having issues […]

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Artist’s Copyright Claim Against Art Collective May Prove Futile with Nothing in Writing 

In 2015, three years after the art collective Meow Wolf initially approached her, artist Lauren Adele Oliver agreed to add her Space Owl to their exhibit House of Eternal Return. According to Oliver, they sold her on the idea by offering her both membership in the group as well as an “artist revenue share”. Over the next few years, the exhibit itself became incredibly successful, earning millions for the collective. It was even named in […]

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Sarah Palin Revives Lawsuit Against NY Times 

In 2017, the New York Times published an article regarding a printed map Sarah Palin’s political action committee distributed. It included superimposed images of crosshairs over Democratic congressional districts to be challenged in future elections. As I wrote then, Sarah Palin filed a defamation suit against the New York Times based on the article’s implicit connection between her PAC’s map and an Arizona mass shooting. The trial court dismissed her lawsuit based on an early […]

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The Potential Impact of COVID-19 on Future Tort Litigation

As COVID-19 continues to impact the physical and financial health of the country, the future impact on tort-based litigation could be significant. As a result of the financial, operational, and cultural changes associated with COVID-19, businesses, government entities, and professionals, are likely to confront tort claims in the context of property damage or bodily injury. Specifically, businesses, government entities, and professionals may find themselves the target of claims alleging that their negligence and reduced operational […]

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Download My Free eBook “Trademark Basics and Best Practices for Businesses”

In my many years as an IP attorney, I have helped businesses with countless trademarks. Over this time, I have not only become well-acquainted with trademark law and the value and reasons for registering a trademark, but also the types of questions and concerns people typically have about the process. Because of this, I compiled some of my advice and knowledge in an eBook — Trademark‌ ‌Basics‌ ‌and‌ ‌Best‌ ‌Practices‌ ‌for‌ ‌Businesses. It is now […]

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