News & Events

Recent News

Brooks Pierce attorney Justin Outling was recently elected chairman of the Greensboro Minimum Housing Standards Commission.

Brooks Pierce partner David Sar was one of three presenters who spoke at a CLE on October 9th.  Sar discussed IP issues relevant to craft brewers and those in the brewing business.

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

On October 6, 2014, the US Department of Labor issued a Notice announcing a “Time-Limited Non-Enforcement Policy” related to the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations affecting domestic service employees. Those new rules (78 FR 60454) become effective January 1, 2015, and revoke the minimum wage and overtime exemptions previously applicable to certain home care workers. The Notice announces that the Department will not itself bring enforcement actions applying the new rules before July 1, 2015. 

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.