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Archive for December, 2006

Florida Pornament Debate

Posted by pbsweeney on December 20, 2006

“The selling of sexually explicit tree ornaments called “Pornaments” at a chain of novelty stores across Florida has led a Miami lawyer to ask stores to stop sales, or else face legal action. The nine ornaments — spoofs portraying Mr. and Mrs. North Pole, reindeer and Frosty the Snowman in sexually risque positions — are selling for nine dollars and are on display on public shelves.” More…

Meanwhile, of course, the ornaments are almost sold out. I guess ecstatic snowpeople and reindeer strike some people as just silly and funny, rather than dangerous.

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Forms Continued LIRX

Posted by pbsweeney on December 19, 2006

While we’re on the subject of forms, here’s another favorite that is listed at the right – the LIRX searchable database of rules, forms and dockets for just about everywhere in the country. Another brilliant search engine that will quickly provide an answer without wading through a tedious state or federal agency website. It’s so simple!

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forms.gov

Posted by pbsweeney on December 18, 2006

Forms.gov, where have you been all my life? Wading through US government agency websites to find a specific form has been one of my personal pet peeves, as the design and usability is often perplexing, to be polite about it. Enter forms.gov, which is a sweet portal that allows one to enter any US government form number or a logical keyword or two, and generate a search that spans the vast reservoir of extent federal forms. There are options to search by category, agency or most frequently requested. The results are very clear and simple in thier presentation with a nice clean look. A welcome change from the results one is used to wading through on, say, the IRS website. Forms.gov, my only regret is that it’s taken us this long to meet!

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New Google Patent Search

Posted by pbsweeney on December 16, 2006

The recent slaying in Chicago last week of a patent attorney and 2 colleagues by a client who thought his idea was being stolen, only makes the beta premier of Google’s new patent search engine even more welcome. Now instead of trying to mastermind a patent search on the US goverment site, (good luck with that), regular folks can find some clue as to whether their idea is a winner by using the new Google Patent Search. It won’t replace an attorney’s work, but so far there are 7 million patents online and counting. Hamptons Legal sees one of the big benefits to attorneys will perhaps be the reduction of clients who walk into their offices with unrealistic expectations for an idea and have taken their passion around the bend of normal. Maybe some of this will be nipped in the bud with a simple search in a very accessible data base.

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H-2B Visa Cap Update

Posted by pbsweeney on December 8, 2006

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated 33,000 H-2B visa cap for the first six months of Fiscal Year 2007. According to the USCIS, petitions for H-2B workers who enter after April 1, 2007, will continue to be processed, until a “final receipt date” is announced. To read the USCIS announcement in its entirety, click here.
Companies who need to bring workers in before April are out of luck unless they are returning workers. It’s extremely important to motivate clients to start early and use premium processing!

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New Federal Electronic Discovery Rules

Posted by pbsweeney on December 1, 2006

Major revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure take effect today, Dec. 1, 2006, including rules regarding discovery of electronically stored information. Highlights include early notice of potential electronic discovery, protection of the parties from undue burden of associated costs of EDD, privilege and work product protection, authorization of subpoenas to include electronically stored information and more. To read the full revised rules click here…

The impact for businesses also is clear regarding storage of electronically produced information. Purging of company emails on a routine basis or those companies who use a tape back up system in which tapes are written over periodically, will be committing in effect, virtual shredding. A big no-no.

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