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Recent News

Brooks Pierce Partner Coe W. Ramsey will speak at the 2014 World of Bluegrass event hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in Raleigh, North Carolina, September 30 – October 4.

Ramsey will serve as a panelist at a session titled “The Big Negotiation: The Nitty Gritty of Contracts and Riders” on Sept. 30. The interactive discussion will explore the complexities of contracts and riders and discuss what individuals can do, either as a presenter, venue operator or performer, to minimize their liability and maximize the odds that both parties are satisfied with the agreement.

Brooks Pierce Partner Charles Marshall has been selected to speak at the Agio Cyber Security Incident Response Luncheon on Wednesday, October 1, at Grandover Resort and Conference Center in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Marshall, alongside FBI Special Agent Devon Ackerman and Agio CEO Bart McDonough, will lead an in-depth discussion on cyber security for top business leaders in the Triad and the surrounding area.

Recent Events

Brooks Pierce partner Melissa Weaver presented The Affordable Care Act - Where Are We Now? on August 6, 2014 to The HR Group. The legal briefing focused on the current provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and new requirements to be phased in during 2015 and 2016.

Patricia Goodson, partner in the Raleigh office of Brooks Pierce, chaired the Employment and Labor Law Practice Group meeting of Geneva Group International’s North American Regional Conference, held May 15-18 in New Orleans.

Recent Publications

The United States Congress is considering legislation on patent trolling but the effort appears stalled. As a result, a number of states are considering legislation to address the problem.

A broad coalition of companies and associations began working on a North Carolina bill months ago. The group included the Bankers Association, the Retail Merchants Association, the Technology Association, the State Chamber and companies such as SAS and Red Hat. This work led to the introduction of a bill (H 1032) whose provisions were incorporated in the law enacted this year.

The new law was effective upon enactment and applies to causes of action and demands on or after that date.  It is detailed and should be read carefully.  

Stephen Hartzell blogs about Drone Law being enacted as part of the North Carolina Budget Bill. The 260 page budget bill -  which is now on the Governor's desk - contains several pages governing the use and operation of unmanned aircraft systems ("UAS," but known in common parlance as "drones"). Assuming the budget bill becomes law, what does its passage mean for North Carolina?