News & Events

Recent News

Mark J. Prak, a partner in the law firm Brooks Pierce, was inducted into the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters (NCAB) Hall of Fame at a dinner held as a part of the NCAB 2014 Annual Convention on June 23rdat the Washington Duke Inn and Conference Center in Durham, North Carolina.

You don’t see this every day. On Friday, the SEC filed a subpoena enforcement action seeking production of documents from the House Ways and Means Committee and documents and testimony from one of its staff members, Brian Sutter. This is fascinating to me for so many reasons. The almost certainly unhappy respondents in this case haven’t yet responded in writing, so the factual details in this blog come from the SEC’s supporting brief. They may not be true.


Recent Events

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.

Laura S. Chipman will moderate and present at a roundtable discussion of “Right of Publicity vs. Right of Privacy” on February 27, 2014, at noon. The event is hosted by the Trademark/Copyright/Trade Secrets Committee of the NC Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section.  


Recent Publications

Swiss company HeiQ Materials proposed to use new pesticides AGS-20 and AGS-20 (U) on manufactured textiles such as clothing, blankets, and carpet. Nanosilver is used in the pesticides to suppress microbes that cause odors and stains. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted conditional registration of the pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, but a federal appeals court has now vacated part of EPA’s decision and remanded the case back to the agency.

The United States Supreme Court has issued numerous substantive opinions in the past year on topics ranging from withdrawal from a conspiracy to searches and seizures to what constitutes a Fifth Amendment violation. This article sheds light on some of these decisions, while Kearns Davis’ federal criminal law update discussed at the October 21, 2013 CLE provided criminal law practitioners with a more in-depth look at recent decisions from both the United States Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.