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CBS This Morning Covers Brooker Law’s Fatal Distracted Driving Case in National Story, via Brooker Law. Dallas’ Brooker Law and firm founder Chip Brooker have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners after a company employee killed two teenagers in a head-on collision while distracted by a pornographic video on his smartphone. Chip filed the lawsuit on February 12 in Dallas District Court on behalf of Patrick and Dalena Weaver of Weatherford, Texas, over the death of their son, Jonathan, who was 18.

Key Contract Issues for Creating or Revising Your Confidentiality, Ownership, and Employment Agreement, by Grable Martin Fulton, PLLC’s Suzy Fulton, Spacee’s Mirna Baloul and CSK Legal’s Landon Stinson. Why do so many startups fail? It’s a loaded question… and there are as many different answers are there are startups. For the purposes of this article, the authors concentrate on one area in particular – IP protection. Suzy Fulton and her co-authors explore some things startups can do or look for as they go about protecting their IP, specifically around their confidentiality, IP ownership and employment agreements. This article was originally presented at the 2019 American Intellectual Property Law annual meeting.

Marisa Jeffrey O’Sullivan Named One of Dallas’ 2020 Best Lawyers Under 40, via Amy Stewart Law. Congratulations to Marisa Jeffrey O’Sulllivan, who was recently named one of D Magazine’s Best Lawyers Under 40. This is the second year Marisa has been recognized by D Magazine, and it’s the latest in a series of accolades for this outstanding young lawyer. She has also twice been named to the Rising Stars list published by Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), and she received the 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.

Camille Avant Earns Board Certification in Labor and Employment Law, via Clouse Brown, PLLC. Congratulations to employment law specialist Camille Avant, who has earned her Certification in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization – a designation that fewer than 700 attorneys in Texas can claim. In order to meet the standards for qualification, an attorney must have practiced law in Texas for at least five years, with at least three years of labor and employment law experience.

Age and Disability Discrimination & Your Rights, by Jackson Spencer Law’s Jennifer Spencer. If you’re having difficulty performing your job due to a disability or age-related health condition, you have rights. Labor and employment attorney Jennifer Spencer gives readers the rundown of various laws in place that protect employees from disability and age discrimination.

Going to Trial Is Always a Gamble, Even for “Bull,” by CourtroomLogic Consulting’s Kacy Miller. What happens when a high school coach takes athletic pressure too far and a student athlete dies from cardiac arrest? Well, at least in the world of “Bull,” a courtroom battle ensues! Trial consultant Kacy Miller explains that there are “absolutely zero guarantees” in trial, despite how much prep work you might conduct.

Revenge Isn’t Always Sweet – Avoiding Workplace Retaliation Claims, by Clouse Brown PLLC’s Alyson Brown. Retaliation charges are the most frequent type of employee compliant received by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Often, despite defeating baseless allegations of discrimination or harassment, employers still find themselves having to defend retaliation claims based upon actions taken towards the employee who made such allegations in the first place. Employment attorney Alyson Brown explains that companies should keep in mind that their reaction to and handling of employee complaints can make all the difference in avoiding a costly legal battle.

Texas Publications Discuss Data Infrastructure with Business Attorney Brad Gold, via Grable Martin Fulton, PLLC. The Texas Monitor and KXAN recently featured our own Brad Gold, a lecturer at UT’s McCombs School of Business, in stories discussing data infrastructure and sharing. Brad told KXAN that Google and Ascension’s partnership, which includes a data sharing component aimed at building health care products and services, has some possible drawbacks. The following week, Brad discussed the Texas Department of Public Safety’s use of surveillance infrastructure with The Texas Monitor.

The ‘Bombshell’ Movie & Workplace Harassment, by Jackson Spencer Law’s Jennifer Spencer. “As Texas employment lawyers, we were some of the first in line to see ‘Bombshell,’ the star-studded film about allegations of sexual harassment against former Fox CEO Roger Ailes,” writes employment advocate Jennifer Spencer. “Even though the movie refers to itself as a ‘fictionalized account’ of the behind-the-scenes happenings at Fox, we couldn’t help but notice the realistic depiction of workplace sexual harassment.”

“Bull” Case Highlights Importance of Witness Prep, by CourtroomLogic Consulting’s Kacy Miller. As she states in her headline, Kacy Miller uses this episode to explain the importance of witness prep, especially when the witness is dealing with an intensely personal issue. Read on to learn more from about this aspect of trial consulting, as illustrated by “Bull” – and an actual trial consultant.

Ready or Not, the CCPA Is Here, by Grable Martin Futon, PLLC’s Clement Osimetha. The CCPA provides California residents with new rights and control over their personal information. In this blog post, compliance attorney Clement Osimetha shares some of the new rights that the California Consumer Privacy Act sets forth, and what that means for everyone, not just residents of the Golden State.

Incoterms 101: What to Expect in 2020, by Grable Martin Fulton, PLLC’s Adriana López-Ortiz. Incoterms® are the international terms of trade for the sale of goods and they are revised every ten years, meaning there are some changes coming for 2020. Transactional attorney Adriana López-Ortiz outlines a brief history of Incoterms and some of the changes you can expect to see in 2020.

Bull’s Courtroom Behavior Puts Him on Judge’s Naughty List, by CourtroomLogic Consulting’s Kacy Miller. This week’s episode, “Imminent Danger,” involves stalking, a murder charge, and of course, a jury trial. Trial consultant Kacy Miller shows us why it’s a bad idea to let your ego get in the way of your work. Read on for more strikes against Bull in her column.

Do’s and Don’ts of Getting Fired [INFOGRAPHIC], via Jackson Spencer Law. Few things are as disheartening as the realization that your company might be preparing to fire you. You might want to stop working, lash out, or confront your supervisors. Here’s what to do if you think your termination is around the corner – and what not to do if you suspect you may be getting fired (based on this original blog post).

Breathing New Life into Old Workplace Policies, by Clouse Brown PLLC’s Keith Clouse. It’s that time of the year again – when employers should reflect upon the previous year and revise employee handbooks and employee policy and procedure guidelines. Employment attorney Keith Clouse shows employers how to update handbooks and policies to set expectations and goals for both employees and the company as a whole.

Amy Stewart Law Welcomes LaDawn Nandrasy, a Highly Accomplished Appellate Expert, via Amy Stewart Law. Amy Stewart Law, a Dallas-based insurance coverage law firm, is thrilled to welcome appellate expert LaDawn Nandrasy. With nearly three decades of experience handling sophisticated and complex civil appeals, LaDawn adds invaluable expertise to the firm’s insurance-coverage practice. She also brings ten years of experience as managing partner of her prior law firm, an elite appellate boutique.

“This, Too, Shall Pass,” by Michelle May O’Neil. Sandy May, mother of motivator and divorce lawyer Michelle May O’Neil, had a saying that got her through the worst of times. “She didn’t use it for the small things in life,” writes Michelle. “Just the really bad, dark stuff when life was kicking us in the stomach.” Michelle attributes the mantra to Ann Landers: “Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself the most comforting words of all: This, too, shall pass.”

Christina DiPintoChristina takes traditional legal marketing copy and upcycles it into snackable, click-able and shareable digital content. As Muse’s newsletter guru, she creates custom newsletters for clients from development to distribution. If you’re looking for a snappy headline or engaging email, send her a note at christina.dipinto@muselegalpr.com.

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