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FTC issues study on 'patent assertion entities'; attorney says some PAEs are white-collar bandits

Tara Mapes Oct. 18, 2016, 12:28pm

Saying an imbalance has continued in litigation over patent rights, federal regulators have called for changes to level the legal playing field for businesses targeted with patent lawsuits.On Oct. 6, the Federal Trade Commission issued a study, titledĀ "Patent Assertion Entity Activity: An FTC Study," taking a look atĀ so-called patent assertion entities (PAEs), revealing information that confirms what many already knew concerning the activities of one type of PAE, that the FTC says perpetuates "n

7th Circuit says town's prohibition on inflatable rats violated union's free speech rights

Tara Mapes Sep. 22, 2016, 11:12pm

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has weighed in on the question of whether giant inflatable rats and "fat cats" used by unions to protest non-union job sites, saying a Wisconsin town violated the free speech rights of the unions by attempting to use its sign ordinance to force a union to remove the inflatables from along a roadway.

Upsurge in retaliation claims prompts new EEOC guidelines; employers should take note, lawyer says

Tara Mapes Sep. 21, 2016, 5:44pm

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued its final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues late last month, replacing its 1998 Compliance Manual section on retaliation. And employers should take note of the changes, which tighten regulations governing when employees might bring actions.