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Opinion analysis: Court holds that “generic.com” marks may be registered trademarks or service marks when consumers do not perceive them as generic

Posted Tue, June 30th, 2020 6:32 pm by Jessica Litman When the digital travel company Booking.com sought to register its domain name as a service mark for hotel reservation services, the U.S. Patent and Trademark office denied registration under a longstanding policy that the combination of a generic term for goods and services with the […]

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Addressing Law School Racism & Neomi Rao’s School Of Legal Writing Don’ts

Neomi Rao (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) A new account compiles the acts of racism that compound at Harvard Law School, but they could emanate from almost any law school. We take a look at this account and the response of law schools around the country to recent events, including one law school that’s taking […]

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Symposium: RIP state “Blaine Amendments” – Espinoza and the “no-aid” principle

Steven Green is the Fred H. Paulus Professor of Law and director of the Center for Religion, Law & Democracy at Willamette University College of Law. He filed an amicus brief on behalf of a number of religious groups in support of the respondents in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. There is so much […]

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Iowa Decouples from 163(j) and GILTI, Clarifies Non-Taxation of PPP Loans

Iowa’s HF 2614, which passed both chambers of the legislature and now waits for the governor’s signature, makes several changes to the state’s tax code, which, although they will affect revenue, will encourage economic growth and make the state’s tax code more competitive. This bill decouples from GILTI and the net interest limitation and exempts […]

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Estimated Impact of Improved Cost Recovery Treatment by State

Removing the tax code’s bias against long-term investment by implementing a neutral cost recovery system (NCRS) for structures and full expensing for other assets is estimated to increase economic growth and job creation. Using the Tax Foundation General Equilibrium Model, we estimate that permanent full expensing and neutral cost recovery for structures will add more […]

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Banks Pass Coronavirus Section Of Stress Test, We Think

The white dudes over at the Federal Reserve have finished crunching the numbers from this year’s stress tests they insisted on administering, and they’ve got good news and bad news. The Federal Reserve on Thursday said a prolonged economic downturn could saddle the nation’s biggest banks with up to $700 billion in losses on soured […]

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Live blog of opinions

Posted Tue, June 30th, 2020 8:30 am by Kalvis Golde We will be live-blogging on Tuesday, June 30, as the court releases opinions from the 2019-2020 term. SCOTUSblog is sponsored by Casetext: making litigation more efficient with A.I. and machine learning technology. For a list of answers to frequently asked questions about opinions, please click […]

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Morning Docket: 06.30.20

* A Long Island gym owner is planning on filing a lawsuit over New York’s plans to delay the reopening of gyms. Guess they call it “Strong” Island for a reason… [Long Island Press] * Pinterest has hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of a hostile work environment. [Bloomberg] * The Michigan Attorney General is […]

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Tuesday round-up

Posted Tue, June 30th, 2020 6:49 am by Edith Roberts Yesterday the Supreme Court released decisions in three cases, including one of the highest-profile cases of the term. In June Medical Services v. Russo, the court, by a vote of 5-4, struck down a Louisiana law requiring physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges […]

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Symposium: June Medical decision is no cause for congressional complacency

Posted Mon, June 29th, 2020 8:27 pm by Richard Blumenthal Richard Blumenthal is the senior United States senator from Connecticut. He joined an amicus brief on behalf of 197 members of Congress in support of the petitioners in June Medical Services v. Russo. He is the Senate lead sponsor of the Women’s Health Protection Act. […]