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Recent News

Brooks Pierce partner Ed Turlington spoke at a joint meeting of the Boards of Directors of the NC Technology Association and the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) on September 16 in Raleigh. The meeting was part of CED’s Tech Venture Conference 2014, which was attended by 700 information technology leaders and entrepreneurs from throughout the Southeast.

On September 8, 2014, the National Law Journal published an article written by Brooks Pierce attorneys Darrell A. Fruth and Andrew Rodenbough addressing new weapons to combat so-called “patent trolls.”  The article identifies new strategies that savvy companies across the country are adopting to respond to patent demand letters and patent infringement lawsuits.

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?