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Employee Protections in Florida: Whistleblowers and Retaliation

Florida, like many states, expressly protects employees from retaliation for reporting unlawful conduct by their employer.  The purpose of such laws is to encourage workers to disclose illegal activities they discover in the course of their employment.  In some cases, workers can also sue their employer and obtain damages as whistleblowers.  Florida whistleblower law may


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Can You Legally Record a Conversation in Florida?

Recording a conversation is easy these days – but not a simple matter.  Cellphones have recording capabilities and there is a wide array of electronic devices for recording available for purchase.  Using these features can raise legal concerns, particularly in Florida which has stricter privacy laws than most states.  If you do not understand the


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NFTs: Collectibles or Securities?

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) have been around since 2014, but their entry into the public spotlight has been marked by several high-profile sales in recent years. Christie’s history-making auction of Beeple’s “Everydays—The First 5,000 Days,” a digital work of art that sold for $69.3 million earlier this year, is an example. NFT interest also experienced a


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Are Recorded Conversations Admissible in New York?

If you are anticipating, or already involved in, a court case and wish to record a telephone or in-person conversation to admit as evidence, you might be wondering whether it is legally permissible.  Importantly, there are state and federal wiretapping laws in place that may prohibit you from recording the conversations of others.  Not only


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Is Your Trademark Distinctive?

Updated: September 30, 2021 Businesses typically want to protect their names, logos, designs, and other indicia of their brands from others trying to profit from their work.  Trademark law provides one way to do that. However, not all marks can be trademarked.  Under federal law, a trademark cannot be registered unless it is “inherently distinctive,”


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EEOC Updates COVID-19 Guidelines

Since the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, there have been questions and concerns regarding possible vaccination requirements in the workplace.  In response to these issues, on May 28, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its COVID-19 guidelines for employers.  However, as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local public health


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Investors Beware: Cryptocurrency Litigation is on the Rise

Dramatic price increases in cryptocurrencies are driving interest among investors.  This interest has been fueled by celebrities, social media influencers and the media.  Despite the growing popularity of cryptocurrencies, there is still a significant degree of uncertainty in the relevant legal landscape.  This is primarily because the regulation of digital currencies is still evolving.  The


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Understanding New York Civil Rights Law §50-a

Updated: October 18, 2021 Advocacy groups have long clamored for the repeal of New York Civil Rights Law §50-a, otherwise known as the Police Secrecy Law.  Organizations such as the Legal Aid Society and Communities United for Police Reform pushed for the repeal of §50-a in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, arguing that police


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How to Protect Trade Secrets in New York

Updated: June 30, 2020 You, like many fellow business owners, may have confidential information or business “secrets” kept under lock and key. Secrets could be a family recipe for the next restaurant, a coding algorithm built over the years, client list developed in the business, manufacturing processes or data and research compiled within a company.


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