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By: Travis Crabtree
Published: May 6, 2016, 2:16 pm
My colleagues Michael Kelsheimer (author of the monthly Employer Handbook blog), intellectual property lawyer David Lisch and I put together a client alert on the new Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 law. You can download the DTSA 2016 Client Alert or keep reading.   President Obama is expected to sign the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), which was passed by Congress at the end of April 2016. This law could impact your property protection, litigation and employment law strategies. Background on the Law The DTSA allows parties to bring lawsuits in federal court when another party steals (Read more...)

By: Travis Crabtree
Published: April 29, 2016, 4:54 pm
If you watched the first round of the NFL Draft, the big story was the sliding of Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil out of the top five to number 13. As the draft was unfolding, someone released a video of him smoking marijuana through a gas mask.  You can read the story here.  You can watch this interview right after he was picked. To make matters worse, after he was picked, someone released text messages between Tunsil and one of the assistant coaches at Ole Miss where it looks like Ole Miss was paying Tunsil’ (Read more...)

By: Travis Crabtree
Published: March 8, 2016, 3:49 pm
You can attend any one of this events this week. Legal Issues Related to Online Marketing Influencers First is the Houston Bar Association Sports & Entertainment Law Section CLE Luncheon.  It is later today (March 8) at 11:45:00-1:00 at McCormick & Schmick’s in Uptown Park.  The public is welcome to attend, but it would be helpful to rsvp here. The cost to non-members for the lunch is $30. Although the topic is the Legal Issues Related to Online Marketing Influencers, I am more interested in learning from my co-presenters, the founders Blurbiz who will talk about the business side (Read more...)

By: Travis Crabtree
Published: December 22, 2015, 10:50 pm
In descending order, here were the top posts from 2015. #7 Will Net Neutrality Kill the Internet 3.0? In February, the FCC passed the net neutrality rules. This seems like one of those issues, like most, that seemed to be of epic importance at the time but resulted in much ado about nothing. That may be a result of the relatively even-handed approach taken by the FCC. #6 Why You Care the E.U. Struck Down Safe Harbor Data Protection and What to Do About It On the other end of the spectrum is a story that deservedly got the (Read more...)

By: Travis Crabtree
Published: November 10, 2015, 11:28 pm
I have been watching the events at my alma mater that led to the resignation of MU System President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin from afar. While I had heard inklings of discontent, I had no idea it was at this point until the football team got involved. On many levels, I am trying my best to understand all the nuance involved, but am having difficulty. I haven’t been back to campus for five years to, of course, watch a football game. Do I believe there is racism in Columbia, Missouri? Probably. Just like there probably is anywhere (Read more...)

By: Travis Crabtree
Published: November 2, 2015, 1:37 am
On Friday, the SEC approved equity crowdfunding for non-accredited investors in a 3-1 vote. This is the true equity crowdfunding from the JOBS Act of 2012 known as Title III. Given it has been more than three years to get the final rules approved, I wasn’t sure this would ever happen. The new rules go into effect in 180 days, so there will be time to fully digest them, but here is a primer that may help you decide whether Title III equity crowdfunding is right for you. The Basics Before the SEC approved the rules, crowdfunding was allowed when (Read more...)