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LAW ELEVATED — Facebook fake news problem may impact businesses operating open websites

Recent criticisms lobbed at Facebook for fake news stories on its platform that allegedly tipped the election in Donald Trump’s favor may spell trouble for businesses operating open websites where users can post content.  Sites that aggregate content created by third parties (think Craig’s List, YouTube, or any sites that include a comment section) have long been shielded from liability by a ...

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LAW ELEVATED — The Department of Labor’s new OT rule put on hold

It seems that the US. Department of Labor (DOL)’s highly-anticipated overtime rules changes have been put on hold—and, quite possibly, on ice. On November 22, 2016, just days before the new rules were set to take effect on December 1, Federal District Judge Amos Mazzant, a 2014 Obama appointee, issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the DOL from implementing any ...

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LAW ELEVATED: Franchisee / franchisor’s trademark: the fictitious name registration

The fictitious name, also known as the d/b/a, doing business as, trade name or assumed name. Every franchisee uses one and, in almost all cases, it’s the franchisor’s trademark. And while it may be considered “fictitious,” the value of the name is very real to the franchisor. So, when a franchisee says, “I need to register my d/b/a,” should the ...

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MATT THORNTON: Funding the future: options for financing growth

When pitted against other states in the union, it’s often said that Mississippi scrapes the bottom of the barrel (or ranks at the top of a not-so-flattering list). Often overlooked, however, are conditions that can contribute overall to a favorable business climate: a strategic geographic location, tax-exempt financing programs and the nation’s lowest cost of living are just a few ...

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Richmond becomes Fellow

Butler Snow’s Orlando R. Richmond Sr. has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. Founded in 1950, the college is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the college is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, ...

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LAW ELEVATED — The Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Revolution

The race is on for the commercialization of Autonomous (driverless) Vehicles (AV’s) – Google hopes to get there by 2020. You have probably noticed the almost daily news stories and television segments about AV technology. The reality is that the technology is here (subject only to being fine-tuned), but the regulatory scheme is causing some delays. In other words, our ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Paying for software development? Make sure you own it!

In a digital society dominated by the saying, “there’s an app for that,” copyright protection is essential. Paying to have a work created does not automatically vest ownership of the copyright in the paying party. When making the decision to hire an individual to develop software either as an employee or independent contractor, companies must address ownership before work commences. ...

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2 elected to bar groups

Two Butler Snow attorneys have been elected to leadership positions by local bar associations. Meade W. Mitchell is president of the Capital Area Bar Association and John H. Dollarhide is president of the Jackson Young Lawyers Association. Mitchell’s term runs until May 31, 2017. Capital Area Bar Association serves Hinds County in Mississippi and the surrounding metropolitan areas. Dollarhide’s term ...

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Steve Edds and Sue Fairbank join Butler Snow in Ridgeland

Steve Edds and Sue Hicks Fairbank have joined Butler Snow’s public finance group in Ridgeland. “Both Steve and Sue bring tremendous talent to the firm and we’re honored to have them join our team,” said Don Clark, Jr., chairman of Butler Snow. “Our public finance group has been growing steadily and intentionally across the country the last few years and ...

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Smith joins Butler Snow

Lea Ann Smith has joined the New Orleans office of Butler Snow. Smith will practice with the firm’s product liability group. She received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University and her Juris Doctor from Mississippi College School of Law. Smith is admitted to practice in Kentucky, Mississippi and Louisiana. Smith focuses her practice on benzene, chemical and mold exposure ...

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