Important Tax and Estate Planning Update
By Anna Michnicka
Trusts & Estates Law Blog
You may have heard by now that the Gift and Estate Tax exemption amount was increased by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which became effective on January 1, 2018. This article is to highlight some of the key estate planning issues under the new tax law.
In 2019, the Gift and Estate Tax exemption as adjusted for inflation is $11.4 million,
New California Law Will Outlaw “No-Rehire” Provisions in Settlement Agreements
By James Kachmar
Labor & Employment Law Blog
I have discussed in the past how the use of “no-rehire” provisions in settlement agreements between employers and their former employees were coming under attack in court. In 2015, the Ninth Circuit in Golden v. California Emergency Physicians Medical Group held that a “no-rehire” provision in a settlement agreement between the plaintiff doctor and his former employer could be found to violate section 16600 of the Business and Professions Code,
PTAB Invalidates Data Privacy Risk Assessment Patent
By Jo Dale Carothers
IP Law Blog
Many resources are being devoted to preventing data breaches and protecting privacy. In fact, patents have issued on various approaches. But are those approaches really patentable? In a recent challenge to OneTrust’s patent, which is related to data privacy risk, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) found the subject matter patent ineligible.
OneTrust’s patent, U.S. Patent No.