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Speaking Engagement - Lauren Wachtler, Co-Chair of the Litigation Practice, serves as Program Chair of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) CLE, "Taking the Lead 2019: Winning Strategies and Techniques for Commercial Cases," on March 12th. | Details here

This program will showcase methods of creating compelling opening and closing statements and direct and cross-examinations of witnesses through a re-enactment of an actual commercial trial.


"PFAS and PFOS Contamination" - Phillips Nizer welcomes Catherine R. McCabe, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for a meeting of the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) Region 2 hosted by Eileen Millett, partner, Environmental Practice and ACOEL Fellow.

Program Date:  Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | Program Time:  4:00 - 5:30 pm.
Venue:  Phillips Nizer LLP - 485 Lexington Ave., 10th Fl., New York, NY 10017

Commissioner McCabe will provide insight into how New Jersey and other states are addressing “emerging contaminants” such as PFOA, PFOS and other PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). | bio

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Media - Patrick Burke quoted by Cyber Defense Magazine in, "QuadrigaCX Cryptocurrency Exchange — Password or Death Fail?" about the death of Gerald Cotten, Founder, sole Director, and CEO of QuadrigaCX, the Canadian cryptocurrency exchange. | Read here

Cotten died in December 2018 reportedly as the only individual with the master password to access the internal server for the exchange.  Since the initial reports of Cotten's passing, alarming information has come to light, including alleged missing coins, cash, and other digital assets, and possible fraud.

"It’s one thing to trade your cryptocurrency on an unregulated exchange; it’s another to trust them to store your coins safely for you.  If you are not day-trading, you do not need to store your crypto on an exchange.  The safest place is with companies that specialize in providing ultra-safe custody for digital assets."


Media - Alan Behr, member of the Intellectual Property Law Practice, has been quoted by IPPro magazine in the article, "Oracle v Rimini: The shifting sands of copyright". | Read here

The U.S. Supreme Court will resolve a conflict in the Circuits concerning whether the copyright statute's authorization of recovery of “full costs” includes costs, such as expert witness fees, for which recovery is not otherwise authorized under the general statutory provision defining recoverable costs in every federal case. Alan commented on that question and the broader problem of ambiguity and interpretation of a copyright statute dating from 1976—on that he believes is long overdue for overhaul or full replacement.


Accolade - Alan Behr, Chair of the Fashion Law Practice, and Monica McCabe, Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Practice, selected to the World Trademark Review 2019 (WTR 1000), annual ranking of trademark professionals worldwide. | Read here

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Phillips Nizer colleagues Alan Behr and Monica McCabe both receive great feedback from the market: “Alan is hugely efficient in prosecution as well as in contentious matters and is especially effective in fashion and design cases.” “He has strong European ties, is very easy to communicate with and can move matters forward very fast.” “Extremely quick on her feet, Monica can handle a heavy workload with the utmost professionalism and an eye for detail. That she cares deeply about her clients really shows.” Behr chairs the firm’s fashion practice, while McCabe leads the IP group. 


Media - Thomas Jackson, Chair of the Technology Practice, quoted by Law360 in "Apple's Facebook, Google App Bans Shake Up Privacy Fight."  The article reports on Apple's recent block of an internal marketing research app Facebook and Google distributed to consumers, including minors. (Subscription required)


"I don’t regard a teenager — or for that matter an adult — being incentivized to download a 'survey' app based on a statement that trusting the app 'may give' Facebook’s developers 'access to your data' and tapping a 'Trust' button as having given his or her consent."