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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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Baker Donelson and Ober Kaler to combine

The law firms of Baker Donelson and Ober|Kaler have announced plans to combine. The combination, which has been approved by the leadership and shareholders of both firms, is anticipated to take effect January 1. The combined firm, which will maintain the name of Baker Donelson, would become one of the 50 largest law firms in the country, with more than ...

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Stay issued in Aberdeen solar lawsuit

A civil case over a planned solar plant to be built on the north end of Aberdeen has been postponed. Circuit Court Judge Jim Pounds stayed the case for 30 days to give National Energy Partners time to secure new attorneys. NEP sued the city for breach of contract in April. A hearing was scheduled Monday but NEP’s three attorneys ...

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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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Martinez is SLTA president

Maria Martinez, managing partner of the law firm of Rushing & Guice, PLLC, in Ocean Springs was recently installed as President of the Southeast Land Title Association. SLTA focuses on promoting the safe and efficient transfer of real property ownership through education, public awareness, and legislative advocacy. In addition to real estate, her practice focuses on commercial litigation, professional malpractice, ...

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Painter is innovation officer at Baker Donelson

Baker Donelson has named William S. Painter as the firm’s chief innovation officer, a new position focus on continued innovation in the delivery of client services and technology. Painter, who previously served as Baker Donelson’s chief strategic planning officer, will oversee several areas that are key drivers of innovation, including legal project management, knowledge management, information technology, pricing, eDiscovery/practice support, ...

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