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Monday, February 27, 2017

New York Court of Appeals Rules for Yoga Vida

After over six years of dispute, the New York Court of Appeals, in In re Yoga Vida NYC, Inc. (Commissioner of Labor), 28 N.Y.3d 1013 (2016), ruled in favor of Yoga Vida NYC, Inc. The court determined that non-staff yoga instructors were not “employees” of the studio, but rather “independent contractors”. The ruling provides clearer guidelines on how fitness studios in New York should treat their instructors in order to maintain the “independent contractor” classification. This could have financial benefits for fitness studios throughout the State of New York.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016


By: Aaron Riedel


This blog post is a practical exploration of cross branding relationships and the basic legal underpinnings of putting together a cross branding agreement. Not every issue or legal topic is covered. This blog post is not meant to be legal advice, but may be considered attorney advertising.

What is Cross Branding?

Cross branding is when two or more companies work together to promote each other’s products or services to maximize publicity and/or revenue for both companies. Cross branding deals come in many forms - on products themselves, in TV advertising campaigns and sponsorships, and in physical retail displays.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Shofur Evacuates 10,000 People Ahead of Hurricane Matthew

Moisan Legal client, Shofur, helps evacuate 10,000 people before Hurricane Matthew hits.

See the full article from The Daily Dot below:

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Artist Peter Doig Claims Painting Isn't His

Scottish artist Peter Doig is in court disputing that a painting bearing his name isn't his work at all. Peter Doig is an acclaimed contemporary painter who frequently depicts landscapes that incorporate imaginative abstract elements; his works currently sell at auction for millions of dollars.

This is a highly unusual case. Deceased artists often have foundations with authentication boards (typically composed of various art experts) who make final determinations as to whether a work is in fact authentic. Authentication boards rely upon analyses of artists' techniques and processes, comparison of oft-used themes and subject matter, and sophisticated scientific texts.
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Monday, August 1, 2016

Louis Vuitton Changes Its Packaging Colors

Louis Vuitton just announced that it will no longer use its traditional and distinctive brown for the packaging of its luxury fashion apparel and goods. Instead, Louis Vuitton will employ new packaging designs that include “Imperial Saffron” colored boxes and bags, featuring blue ribbons and handles.

As discussed in two of our previous posts, trade dress protection (an extension of trademark law) can protect

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Unlocking the Iphone


On December 2, 2015, tragedy struck in San Bernardino, California when Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, shot and killed 14 people and seriously injured 22 others during a training event at the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.  In the months following this horrific and tragic attack, a great debate was sparked around the world concerning the boundaries of a  person’s right to privacy.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Matthew Moisan Featured in Forbes!

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Privacy vs. The First Amendment in Media


Recently, concerns over First Amendment rights issues have been made public regarding an individual person’s right to freedom of the press and how that right may conflict with an individual’s right to privacy.  This issue is magnified when a celebrity or a public figure makes a claim concerning their right to privacy.  In this type of unique situation with celebrities and public figures, courts have often ruled in favor of the individual who claimed their right to freedom of the press.  The rationale behind the courts’ decision includes the fact that celebrities do not have a right to privacy when it involves newsworthy matters.  This leads us to question where the line should be drawn between these two First Amendment rights.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Matthew Moisan Featured in Forbes!

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Matthew Moisan Featured in Forbes

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Monday, March 7, 2016

America's Generation Gap in the Workforce

The workforce in America is changing.    The older generation is refusing to retire, pensions are dying, millennials are demanding a recalibration of the work/life balance, technology is replacing non-skilled labor, and the traditional concept of an office has disappeared.  These forces are causing angst.  What comes next?   How does the younger generation survive?  How does the American workforce adapt?

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