New Opportunities for Charitable Gift Annuities

Written by Justin Farrell and David Wheeler Newman The Secure Act 2.0, signed by the President on December 29, opens new opportunities to fund charitable gifts with IRA distributions. The first change is to index for inflation the cap on qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) from IRAs to charity, which has been stuck at $100,000 since the “IRA rollover” was first introduced. (Indexing begins in 2024.) … Continue reading New Opportunities for Charitable Gift Annuities

Will Non-Compete Clauses Be No-More?

Written by Christie Del Rey-Cone and Eric Engelman The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on January 5, 2023 that would prohibit employers from entering into, or enforcing, non-compete clauses with workers. The proposed rule would broadly cover all workers, regardless of whether the worker is an employee or independent contractor, or whether the worker is paid or unpaid. The FTC’s … Continue reading Will Non-Compete Clauses Be No-More?

Guidance Regarding California Pay Scale Disclosure Requirements is Released

Written by Christie Del Rey-Cone and Thea Rogers On December 27, 2022, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office released FAQ guidance (the “Guidance”) on California’s new pay transparency law (the “California Pay Transparency Law”) pay scale disclosure requirements. The California Pay Transparency Law took effect on January 1, 2023 and was enacted via amendments to the state’s Equal Pay Act and Labor Code section 432.3. Unsurprisingly, … Continue reading Guidance Regarding California Pay Scale Disclosure Requirements is Released

U.S. to Impose New COVID-19 Restrictions for Air Travelers from China

Written by Deeba Fahami On December 28, 2022, the Biden administration announced new COVID-19 restrictions for travelers from China, citing mounting concerns of the ongoing COVID-19 surges and the lack of adequate data being reported from the People’s Republic of China (China). These restrictions will affect all air passengers two years and older boarding flights to the United States originating from China, Hong Kong, and … Continue reading U.S. to Impose New COVID-19 Restrictions for Air Travelers from China

SEC Announces Adoption of Amendments to Rule 10b5-1 Insider Trading Plans and Related Disclosures

Written by Blake Baron and Gabriel Miranda On December 14, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that they adopted amendments to Rule 10b5-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”). Rule 10b5-1 was first adopted by the SEC in August 2000, which provided affirmative defenses for corporate insiders and companies to buy and sell company stock pursuant to a 10b5-1 plan, … Continue reading SEC Announces Adoption of Amendments to Rule 10b5-1 Insider Trading Plans and Related Disclosures

New State Privacy Laws Effective in 2023: Get Ready For the Colorado, Connecticut, and Utah Privacy Laws

Written by Susan Kohn Ross, Lucy Holmes Plovnick, and Stacey Chuvaieva Colorado, Connecticut, and Utah have enacted comprehensive state privacy laws that will become effective in 2023.  The Colorado Privacy Act (“CPA”) and the Connecticut Data Privacy Act (“CTDPA”) both go into effect on July 1, 2023. The Utah Consumer Privacy Act (the “UCPA”) becomes effective on December 31, 2023.  The UCPA, CTDPA, and CPA … Continue reading New State Privacy Laws Effective in 2023: Get Ready For the Colorado, Connecticut, and Utah Privacy Laws

The Eleventh Circuit Rules in Favor of Floribama Shore Creators and Opines on the Future of the “Title-Versus-Title Exception” to the Rogers v. Grimaldi Defense

Written by Lindsay R. Edelstein and Marissa B. Lewis The Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed the Northern District of Florida’s summary judgment decision in MGFB Props., Inc., et al. v. Viacom, Inc., holding that use of the name MTV Floribama Shore for a reality show spin-off of Jersey Shore is protected by the First Amendment and does not infringe the trademark of a well-known bar called Flora-Bama Lounge.  … Continue reading The Eleventh Circuit Rules in Favor of Floribama Shore Creators and Opines on the Future of the “Title-Versus-Title Exception” to the Rogers v. Grimaldi Defense

Getting Ready For Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA)

Written by Susan Kohn Ross, Lucy Holmes Plovnick, and Stacey Chuvaieva On November 21, 2022 we reported about the changes taking place to California’s Consumer Privacy Act (here) which are effective January 1, 2023. In this Alert, we turn to the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA) which takes effect on January 1, 2023. Inspired by the European GDPR, Virginia’s state privacy law aligns with its … Continue reading Getting Ready For Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA)

The CPRA and Recent Privacy Patchwork

Written by Susan Kohn Ross, Lucy Holmes Plovnick, and Stacey Chuvaieva While the U.S. still does not have a federal privacy law, the laws in various states are changing. California was, of course, first, and even its law has changed. Following in 2023 are privacy laws in Virginia, Colorado, Connecticut and Utah. January 1, 2023 is the compliance date for the California Privacy Rights Act … Continue reading The CPRA and Recent Privacy Patchwork

9th Circuit Applies Rogers Test to “Punchbowl” Case

Written by Chloe N. George This week, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the Central District of California’s summary judgment in favor of AJ Press, LLC, owner of Punchbowl News, against Punchbowl, Inc. in a trademark infringement action under the Lanham Act.[1] The Ninth Circuit applied the Rogers test, established by Rogers v. Grimaldi, 875 F.2d 994 (2d Cir. 1989) and adopted by the Ninth Circuit in … Continue reading 9th Circuit Applies Rogers Test to “Punchbowl” Case