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F&B Attorneys file amicus curie brief in People’s Ins. Counsel Div. v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Ins. Co.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

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...

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F&B Attorneys file amicus brief in Espina, et al. v. Jackson

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

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...

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Karen Kruger comments on behalf of law enforcement on pending Supreme Court case

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

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:...

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Karen Kruger completes audit of Baltimore Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Baltimore Sun has feature Karen Kruger’s work auditing the Baltimore Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division. Read the full article here.

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Funk & Bolton Launches Intellectual Property Ethics Law Blog

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

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...

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Michael McCabe teaches new bar members on Patent and Trademark Ethics and OED Discipline

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 in Ethics

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...

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Don Davis admitted to Iowa Bar

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

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...

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Michael McCabe speaking at the 27th Annual Pharmaceutical/Chemical Patent Practice Committee meeting

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

You can view his presentation below. PTO ethics presentation NJIPLA Dec 10 2013 vers

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Michael McCabe’s article entitled “USPTO’s New Ethics Rocket Docket for Attorney Discipline” was published on October 30, 2013 in IP Law 360.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

Michael McCabe’s article entitled “USPTO’s New Ethics Rocket Docket for Attorney Discipline” was published on October 30, 2013 in IP Law 360.  Mr. McCabe’s article discusses how the America Invents Act (AIA) imposes a new shortened statute of limitations for the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to investigate and file ethics charges against attorneys accused of violating the PTO’s rules of professional responsibility. USPTO’s New Ethics Rocket For Attorney...

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Steve Carney named the St. George Tucker Adjunct Professor of Law

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

The William & Mary Law School has named Steve Carney the St. George Tucker Adjunct Professor of Law for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Each year the Law School bestows this honor on one of its adjunct professors.  Please take the opportunity to congratulate Steve on this special and well-deserved honor.  As the Dean said in announcing the honor, Steve is “a most deserving recipient!”

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