Michael McCabe, the creator of Funk & Bolton’s IPethics & Insights legal ethics law blog, was quoted on January 13, 2015, by The Recorder, a Silicon Valley-based on-line publication that reports on news and developments in intellectual property law. The Recorder article (click here) discusses The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts’ recent decision to hear an appeal of a patent malpractice claim predicated on an IP law firm’s simultaneous representation of two inventors who allegedly sought patent protection on...read more
Michael Cunningham publishes article regarding the enforceability of administrative appeal deadlines under ERISA.
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Micheal McCabe speaks at panel for the The New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association (NJIPLA)
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F&B Attorneys file amicus curie brief in People’s Ins. Counsel Div. v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Ins. Co.
Funk & Bolton attorneys recently filed in the Maryland Court of Appeals an amicus curie brief in People’s Ins. Counsel Div. v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Ins. Co. In the appeal, People’s Insurance Counsel Division challenges Maryland common law on construing insurance contracts objectively and asks the court to adopt a rule construing insurance policies most strictly against the insurer, even in the face of unambiguous policy language. Amici argue that Maryland has long-followed the view that plan and unambiguous policy terms are...read more
Attorneys in Funk & Bolton’s Local Government Practice Group recently filed an amicus curiae brief in the Maryland Court of Appeals in the case of Espina, et al. v. Jackson, et al. on behalf of the Local Government Insurance Trust, and the counties of Harford and Montgomery. The petitioners in this case challenge the applicability of the Local Government Tort Claims Act (LGTCA) to claims brought against local government alleging violations of the State constitution. The amici argue that the provisions of the LGTCA do apply to such...read more
Supreme Court will consider cops’ ignorance of the law in Heien v. North Carolina Today the Supreme Court justices granted hearings to eleven new cases for this term. In a religious discrimination dispute, the Court will hear the case of a young Muslim woman denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a headscarf. Read the full story:...read more
The Baltimore Sun has feature Karen Kruger’s work auditing the Baltimore Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division. Read the full article here.read more
The law firm of Funk & Bolton, P.A. announces the launch of its Intellectual Property Ethics Law Blog (www.ipethicslaw.com) to serve as a forum on matters involving legal ethics, professional discipline, disqualification and malpractice in the field of intellectual property law. The blog will help users stay current with newly issued disciplinary decisions from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), IP-related decisions from state bar regulators, and relevant federal and state court decisions involving disqualification and...read more
On March 19, 2014, Michael McCabe ran a workshop to newly-admitted members of the Virginia State Bar on ethical issues faced by patent and trademark attorneys and others who practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”). Mr. McCabe’s workshop dealt with patent and trademark ethics both under the PTO’s new Rules of Professional Conduct as well as the corresponding Virginia Rules. Mr. McCabe also spoke on disciplinary matters before the PTO’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline (“OED”). Mr. McCabe has served as a...read more
In response to our growing practice with Iowa-domiciled insurers, Don Davis was recently admitted to the Iowa Bar. A member of Funk & Bolton’s Insurance Regulation Practice Group, Don’s practice focuses on insurance regulation and insurance transactions and investments. Don previously became familiar with aspects of Iowa insurance and corporate law while assisting insurers considering merging with Iowa companies or redomesticating to Iowa. Don’s admission to the Iowa bar is a natural extension of the firm’s practice in Iowa...read more