Counsel Commentary

  • Cosmeceuticals: The next wave of class-action litigation

    Dr. Albert Kligman, the dermatologist who invented the widely used acne medicine Retin-A, is credited with coining the term “cosmeceutical,” a term that consumers and the media use to refer to cosmetic products that claim to have medicinal or drug-like benefits. Cosmeceuticals are reported to be the fastest growing segment...

  • 7 tips for making the most of your mock jury

    A properly designed mock jury exercise can provide invaluable insights into a potential jury’s reactions to witnesses and evidence, as well as to your presentation, themes, and arguments.

  • How today's GCs can become key members of the executive team

    The modern GC who establishes and nurtures a healthy relationship with the CEO and other C-suite peers will secure a strong position as a respected leader and key member of the company’s executive team.

  • Franchising faces a major threat

    The basic structure of the franchise relationship is that the franchisor provides its franchisees with a trademark, a business system and a certain degree of assistance and the franchisee is an independent businessperson, running his or her own business, including making personnel decisions such as hiring and firing of employees....

  • Federal Circuit repairs ‘cracked’ pretzel logic

    In a recent precedential decision, a unanimous Federal Circuit panel vacated the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s decision holding the mark Pretzel Crisps to be generic for "pretzel crackers," and remanded the case to the Board for application of the legal standard set forth in Marvin Ginn.

  • The state of patent trolls in 2015

    When it comes to smothering inventions, no one does it better than patent trolls, also known as “patent assertion entities,” “non-practicing entities,” or “non-manufacturing entities.” Whatever the name, these parasites feed off the work of legitimate manufacturing companies that strive to create products and American jobs.

  • What directors should know about a company's readiness to deal with a data breach

    This is the third in a six-part series of privacy and security articles provided by the Data Privacy & Security Group of Quarles & Brady LLP, a national law firm.

  • Is it religion or extremism? Part 2: European anti-discrimination laws

    Like the U.S., most European countries have laws that prohibit religious discrimination, complicating an employer’s ability to address the issues presented by religious extremism.

  • Six things to know about the EB-5 reform bill

    On June 3rd, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced Senate Bill 1501 to reauthorize the EB-5 regional center program, which is set to expire in September. The proposal would extend the program for five more years and would include significant changes about which EB-5 attorneys and their...

  • How not to be a hot mess in the hot seat

    Crushing impeachment of a hostile witness. It’s what every trial lawyer dreams about. And when that trial lawyer finally gets the witness on the hook, he or she turns to the person in the ”hot seat” to flash the smoking gun document that will eviscerate the witness’ credibility and single-handedly...

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