1. JD Supra Morning Brief: Stolen Bitcoins, Poker Money, FMLA Leave, For-Profit Education

    "Hog butcher for the world,
    Tool maker, stacker of wheat,
    Player with railroads and the nation’s freight handler;
    Stormy, husky, brawling,
    City of the big shoulders.” (Chicago, Carl Sandburg)

    On this day in 1837, the city of Chicago is incorporated.

    Will Mt Gox customers be able to recover their stolen bitcoins? (Timothy Durken, JD Supra Perspectives

    Homeowners associations: don’t get caught in a holding pattern when the drones arrive… (William Sleeth at LeClairRyan

    Good things come to those who wait. Like former customers of Full Tilt Poker, who finally got their $76 million back… (David Deitch at Ifrah Law

    You can take the time as vacation or as FMLA leave … but not both… (Matthew Morrison at Sherman & Howard

    Do law firms need sales professionals? It depends, according to this BigLaw CMO… (Jeffrey Berardi, JD Supra Perspectives

    What to learn from the feds’ attack on for-profit education? (Alexandra Megaris and Jonathan Pompan at Venable

    A $6.8 million reminder for employers to stay out of the tip pool… (Michael Cardman at XpertHR

    US Fish and Wildlife is planning significantly more stringent rules for oil and gas activities in the National Wildlife Refuge System… (Donald Baur and Odin Alonso Smith at Perkins Coie

    One thing’s for certain: German consumer protection association VZBV is no friend of Facebook… (Karin Retzer at Morrison & Foerster

    [Hot Topic] Non-Compete Agreements

    [Featured Author] Michele Lange at Kroll Ontrack

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  2. JD Supra Morning Brief: Tax Reform, Bakken Crude, Bitcoin Ban, Guardian Angels

    Friday + coffee + JD Supra Morning Brief = ahhh.

    Representative Dave Camp says his reform plan will make the tax code simpler and fairer, spur economic growth, and create jobs. What do you say? (Evan Migdail and Bruce Thompson at DLA Piper

    The US Dept of Transportation wants to make Bakken crude oil rail shipments safer. And fast… (Andrew Pieper at Stoel Rives

    Bitcoin does not need a ban, it needs enlightened regulation… (JD Supra Perspectives

    Nobody likes trolls, especially when those bearing patents, lawsuits, and claims of infringement. But guardian angels can help… (Jay Himes and Matthew Perez at Labaton Sucharow

    Are crowdfunding companies in for sticker shock? (Bettina Eckerle at Eckerle Law

    Tipper or tippee, it doesn’t matter all that much when the SEC is looking to recover illegal profits… (Lily Becker, Penelope Graboys Blair, and Judy Kwan at Orrick

    Facebook just made two important policy changes in response that will affect a deceased user’s online account and content… (Jim Lamm at Gray Plant Mooty

    How to keep a family business in the, well, family… (Andrew Steen at Davis Wright Tremaine

    Investment advisers, here are your regulatory and internal compliance schedules for 2014… (Thomas Devaney and Jung Son at Sheppard Mullin

    [Hot Topic] Retaliation

    [Featured Author] Michael Schmidt at Cozen O’Connor

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  3. Your “Private” Facebook Page May Be Public, And Other Privacy Issues You Should Know

    Our notion of privacy – and the laws that protect it – continues to evolve. These updates will help you stay ahead of the curve:

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  4. JD Supra Morning Brief: George Washington, Copyleft Law, Facebook Speech, Secure Shopping

    On this day in 1913, Pedro Lascuráin becomes President of Mexico for 45 minutes. So how was your day at the office, dear? 

    Sure, you knew George Washington was the first President and the first Commander-in-Chief. But the subject of the first “fair use” lawsuit? (David Kluft at Foley Hoag

    Think copyright law is complicated? Wait until you have to deal with copyleft… (Travis Crabtree at Gray Reed & McGraw

    And sometimes, offensive speech on Facebook CAN get you fired… (Beth Zoller at XpertHR

    Why should local communities be worried about the Time Warner-Comcast merger? Because high-speed internet… (Joseph Van Eaton at Best Best & Krieger

    Can Target lead the way to more secure shopping? (Adam Veness at Mintz Levin

    The NLRB’s promising faster elections and fairer results under its new rules, but employers know better… (Christopher Ward at Foley & Lardner

    The FDA wants to make it harder to enter the medical food market… (M. Elizabeth Bierman, Robert Hibbert, and Tony Pavel at Morgan Lewis

    Are doctors finally safe from severe cuts to Medicare payments? (Marshall Burack at Akerman

    The IRS is scrambling to avoid class action claims from the Tea Party… (Jennifer Benda at BakerHostetler

    [Hot Topic] Patents

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  5. JD Supra Morning Brief: Sochi Memes, Marijuana Edibles, Background Checks, Facebook Fishing

    100 years ago today, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers was established. Happy birthday, ASCAP!

    Ashley Wagner doesn’t always go to Sochi – but when she does, she calls bullsh*t on the skating judges… (Derek Allen at Winthrop & Weinstine

    One side effect to the legalization of pot in Colorado – no FDA regulation of marijuana edibles… (Steven Eichorn at The Ifrah Law Firm

    Career advice from the Senior Corporate Counsel for litigation at Farmers: it’s all about who you know, what you know, and what you want… (Michelle Sherman, JD Supra Perspectives

    No, no, we said “hire” education – you need to train your HR managers on the rules for using background checks… (Joanna Brody at Lane Powell

    Is there schizophrenia about fracking? Yes. And no… (Charles Sartain at Gray Reed & McGraw

    The technology of the future has arrived – and it’s watching you very closely… (JD Supra Contributors

    Florida just joined a number of states in putting an end to Facebook fishing expeditions… (Gary Pappas at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt

    Mobile health is full of opportunities – if you can manage the legal risks… (Lisa Clark, Mitch Goldman, Stephan Gribok, and Harry Silver of Duane Morris

    Google’s still in the hot seat for its “Safari Workaround”… (Cynthia O’Donoghue at Reed Smith

    [Supra du Jour] Employee Handbooks

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  6. JD Supra Morning Brief: Bitcoin Perception, Amanda Knox, Sierra Club, Football Cheerleaders

    And so it begins: 55 years ago today, Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments files the first patent for an integrated circuit.

    We need to change our perspective of Bitcoin. Here’s why… (Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph

    So what happens if Italy demands the extradition of Amanda Knox? (Robert Anello at Morvillo Abramowitz

    The NLRB reminds us: if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again… (Ronald Meisburg at Proskauer

    This just in: a recent Sierra Club poll that shows substantial support for the EPA… (Seth Jaffe at Foley Hoag

    Sick of your job and can’t take it anymore? You’re probably better off NOT telling your Facebook friends… (Richard Meneghello at Fisher & Phillips

    The going salary for an Oakland Raiders cheerleader? $1,250. For the entire season… (Dawn Knepper at Ogletree Deakins

    Food fight! Well, at least until the Supreme Court weighs in… (Natalie Naugle at Morrison & Foerster

    It’s only a matter of time before US skies are filled with drones… (Philip Baker-Shenk, Gary Halbert, Charles Naftalin, Joel Edward Roberson, and Charles Tobin at Holland & Knight

    The Supreme Court just left workers all dressed up with no check to cash… (Byron Lau, Julia Riechert, and Michael Weil at Orrick

    [Hot Topic] Independent Contractors 

    Corruption, bribery, fraud, and more: our new mobile magazine will help you navigate the world of compliance and regulation: Compliance Officer 

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  7. JD Supra Morning Brief: ERISA Benefits, Tax Evasion, Foreign Workers, Wooly Mammoth

    Our recommendation for dealing with the cold? Put on an extra sweater, pour yourself another cup of coffee, and curl up under a warm blanket to read the JD Supra Morning Brief…

    An appeals court just confirmed that Daniel Rochow is entitled to a $3.8 million payment stemming from the denial of his ERISA benefits… (Robert Shaw and Mark Thomas at Williams Mullen

    What’s the going rate for tax evasion? For Beanie Baby creater Ty Warner, it’s $69 million – but no jail time… (Timothy Weeks at M. Robinson & Company

    Not only has Amazon come up with a method for delivering your packages BEFORE you order them, they’ve trying to patent it… (Ben Kwan at Winthrop & Weinstine

    Employer retaliation against foreign workers? Not in California… (Nicole Brooks, Justin Coffey, Andrew Merrills at Ogletree Deakins

    Reviving the wooly mammoth – and other extinct species – might be closer than you think. And that raises some interesting legal questions… (Steven Anderson, Lucas Quass, and Charity Schiller at Best Best & Krieger

    A sweet look at the way trademark registration works in the US… (Jesse Saivar at Greenberg Glusker

    The ink isn’t even dry on New York City’s paid leave law and the City Council wants to expand it… (Michael Arnold at Mintz Levin

    Does the NLRA protect an employee who calls his boss “a nasty mother[**]cker” on Facebook? (Christine Lyon and Mary Race at Morrison & Foerster

    If you receive an invoice seeking a payment for registering or renewing trademarks, copyrights, or business names, don’t pay it… (Ryan Siney at Tucker Arensberg

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  8. JD Supra Morning Brief: Horton Victory, Facebook Firing, Same-Sex Taxes, Cracker Barrel

    Get the JD Supra Morning Brief delivered straight to your inbox every weekday morning. Because law news:

    Bar association initiatives to match new lawyers with moderate-income clients could be a win-win for everyone involved… (Bloomberg Law

    Horton heard a huge victory over the NLRB yesterday. Here’s Q&A with D.R. Horton’s lead lawyer on what the ruling means for all companies… (Ron Chapman, JD Supra Perspectives

    Whether or not the employee actually wrote the Facebook post that got him fired didn’t even matter… (Richard Raysman at Holland & Knight

    This is why you need to address spousal rights when assigning, acquiring, and litigating patent rights… (Stanley Gibson at JMBM

    SEC interest in the EB-5 program is growing… (Lawrence Bard and Daniel Nathan at Morrison & Foerster

    Hey, look: Australia just pulled into the fast lane on the Global Patent Prosecution Highway… (Carl Harrap and Cassandra Horn at Freehills Patent Attorneys

    Virginia will not recognize joint tax returns filed by married same-sex couples… (Thomas Aldous at Williams Mullen

    Goes without saying? We’ll say it anyway: do not post that which should be kept private… (Pallie Zambrano at McManis Faulkner

    We’ve all been there: buying the house next to your ex so you can aim a 12-foot high “flipping the bird” sculpture in their direction. But is the “art” a public nuisance? (Steven Stein at Greenberg Glusker

    Kraft puts rival over a barrel with trademark infringement victory… (Madeleine Rodriguez at Foley Hoag

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  9. JD Supra Weekend Reader: Graffiti Art, Holiday Parties, Google Books, Workplace Bullying

     What to do on a lazy Sunday morning? Grab another cup of coffee, curl up under a warm blanket, and catch up on the week’s law news:

    What you need to know when launching your new website… (Jaburg Wilk

    The destruction of 5Pointz graffiti art “canvases” provides a cautionary tale for artists and property owners alike… (Nicole Kinsley at Foley Hoag

    Sorry Starbucks – “Mr Charbucks” does in fact not dilute your brand… (Jessie Kuhn at BakerHostetler

    When “ladies nights” are outlawed, only outlaws will… Wait a minute – ladies nights are already illegal in California… (Anna Buono at Davis Wright Tremaine

    Three Facebook posts that can get you fired… (Is That Legal?

    Linking limits libel liability; lawsuit lacks legal legs… (Mark Sableman at Thompson Coburn

    How does the recent Google Books “fair use” decision impact owners of music, video, and other non-book content? (Aaron Moss, JD Supra Perspectives

    36% of employers report employee misconduct at holiday parties… (Albert Brannen at Fisher & Phillips

    Boys will be boys? It’s time for the Dolphins to face the tough question of where messing around in the locker room ends and bullying and harassment begin… (Ashley Scott at Ogletree Deakins

    Native advertising can thank 40 years of Supreme Court rulings for free speech protection… (Michael Nepple and Mark Sableman at Thompson Coburn

    Have a social media policy? You’ll want to add these items… (JD Supra Perspectives

    Sure, Bitcoins and other virtual currencies present tantalizing investment opportunities, but look before you leap… (Ian Spear, Margo Tank, and Michael Zeldin at BuckleySandler

    So far, 94 taxpayers and 35 enablers have been charged with crimes arising out of the failure to report offshore accounts… (Fuerst Ittleman

    The best surprise is no surprise for mobile app customers – and the FTC for that matter… (MoFo Tech

    A well-written employee handbook can protect an employer from litigation… (Hartnett, Smith & Paetkau

    Courts are looking for civil rights violations stemming from employer “look” policies… (Catherine Campbell at Phillips Murrah

    Go West, young Chinese startups looking for investors… (Thomas Shoesmith at Pillsbury

    Nice invention – but can you patent it? (Tam Pham at Lewis Roca Rothgerber

    C’mon Judge White – tell us what you really think of the attorney fees in this lawsuit… (BakerHostetler

    This exploding toilet case is an excellent example of premises liability… (Dana Brooks at Eubanks Barrett Fasig & Brooks

    How’s this for a judicial ruling: “Google books … advances the progress of the arts and sciences… Indeed, all society benefits”… (Mitchell Zimmerman at Fenwick & West

    Is Beverly Hills 90H20 really the “Champagne of Water”? Not any more… (Tim Sitzmann at Winthrop & Weinstine

    Do the math: “twenty years” is actually “six years” for contractors and manufacturers in North Carolina… (Mary Kathryn “Katie” King at Spilman Thomas & Battle

    Johnson & Johnson plans to offer $4 billion to end 7,500 DePuy hip implant lawsuits… (Case Funding Inc.

    Plenty of lessons for PhD students here… (Danielle Dietrich at Tucker Arensberg

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  10. JD Supra Morning Brief: Graffiti Art, Charbucks Blend, Fair Use, Ladies Night

    50 years ago today, on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

    What is at will employment law? (Kraig Marton at Jaburg Wilk

    The destruction of 5Pointz graffiti art “canvases” provides a cautionary tale for artists and property owners alike… (Nicole Kinsley at Foley Hoag

    Sorry Starbucks – “Mr Charbucks” does in fact not dilute your brand… (Jessie Kuhn at BakerHostetler

    California’s cap and trade auction is neither an overreach of the state’s Air Resource Board nor an illegal tax, ruled the Sacramento Superior Court… (Parissa Ebrahimzadeh, Graham Noyes, and Allison Smith at Stoel Rives

    When “ladies nights” are outlawed, only outlaws will… Wait a minute – ladies nights are already illegal in California… (Anna Buono at Davis Wright Tremaine

    Three Facebook posts that can get you fired… (Is That Legal?

    Linking limits libel liability; lawsuit lacks legal legs… (Mark Sableman at Thompson Coburn

    Google books ruling: copying is “fair use” because it transforms and provides greater access to works… (Mitchell Zimmerman at Fenwick & West

    Companies being sued over food labels just won a “monster” victory… (Adam Sevell at Morrison & Foerster

    Where there’s a will, there’s a way: the illegal online marketplace Silk Road appears to be back in business… (Hodgson Legal

    Retailers planning to beat the Black Friday rush should take extra care with employees’ holiday pay… (Robert Sheridan at Mintz Levin

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