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Did PETA Public Records Suit Misreport OSHU’s Behavior or Hold them Accountable?

Does a public records suit always conform to a good guy vs. bad guy narrative? Is the requester always the hero, and the public entity is always the villain? Of course, it’s not that black and white.  Public records laws were created to support government transparency and enshrine noble causes of democracy. But the flip side of that is: many government institution records are open to the public, to be requested, received, seen, and used […]

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Can Foreign Nationals Volunteer While Waiting for Work Authorization?

              🤔 I’m often asked by employers …. 👉 My employee wants to Do Volunteer Work while waiting for his/her work authorization… CAN WE DO THAT?  Although volunteer work is essential and good for our communities to thrive because this work makes a tangible impact on the lives of people, animals, and organizations, in the context of the question above, volunteer work is NOT allowed. The Department of Labor (DOL) […]

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MetaBirkin NFTs Ruled a Trademark Violation

The line between art made from existing products and brands has always been murky, and it is likely going to be a never ending question. Warhol’s pop culture prints. Dom Pérignon in Cédric Peers’ work. MSCHF’s “Wavy Baby” shoes. And now we can add NFT trademark infringement — NFTs using digital representations of existing trademarks — into this mix. How will such artwork be treated, legally speaking? We now have at least some precedent in […]

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Private Donations to Public Universities = Public Records?

There have been numerous cases lately regarding what records should be considered public versus private when public officials or funds are involved. Here’s an interesting corner of that larger question: have you ever wondered if large private donations to public schools fall under the scrutiny of public records? In Michigan, the Detroit Free Press has been confronting a records denial from Michigan State University for two large donor agreements – contracts which MSU has withheld, […]

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My Why: What Led Me to Practicing Law in Surrogacy and Assisted Reproduction

In March 2020, another woman gave birth to our son in Nevada, 2,226 miles away from our home in Florida.   The battle to get to that day began six years earlier, and involved diagnoses of infertility, multiple rounds of in vitro fertilization, two devastating miscarriages, and six failed embryo transfers. After all of that heartbreak, our doctor recommended we use a gestational surrogate to carry our baby for us.  (A “gestational surrogate” has no genetic […]

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DMCA Abuse & How Anonymity Protects Free Expression

Have you ever been served a DMCA Takedown Notice? This legal tool was created by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in 1998 to protect intellectual property on the internet. But decades down the road, we’ve seen that some internet users experience DMCA abuse – tactics that chill speech or uncover anonymous speech, which is protected by the first amendment. One notable case came up against the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, a Jehovah’s Witness group.  […]

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