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Trial Court Upholds Fair Use Defense And Grants Motion To Dismiss Trademark Claims Against Oprah Winfrey

On March 6, 2012, Judge Paul A. Crotty of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an opinion dismissing trademark and other Federal claims against Oprah Winfrey in reliance on the “fair use” doctrine. Simone Kelly-Brown and Own Your Power Communications, Inc. v. Oprah Winfrey et al., 11 Civ. …

District Court of Columbia Issues Final Order in National Association of Manufacturers v. National Labor Relations Board

As we discussed in our previous blog employers still face an April 30, 2012 notice-posting deadline informing employees of their rights to unionize. Last week, the District Court of Columbia issued its final order in the National Association of Manufactures v. National Labor Relations Board upholding the legality of the notice posting rule itself. The …

The Financial Action Task Force Revises its International Standards on Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism and Proliferation

Posted in Finance on March 2, 2012 by Barton LLP

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) was founded in the 1989 G-7 Summit in Paris to develop policies to combat money laundering, with the primary responsibility of studying past and current international trends and introducing a comprehensive plan to fight against it. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the original standards were …