On November 11, 2015, Michael McCabe was quoted by Corporate Counsel magazine in an article entitled, “Lawyering Without a License: Just Don’t Do it.” Mr. McCabe discussed the ethical issues when in-house counsel is not properly licensed, including potential criminal charges for unauthorized practice of law as well as the practical issues facing corporations who try to raise the attorney-client privilege to protect from discovery communications with in-house counsel who are not properly...read more
Below is the July/August edition of the IP Litigator article where Michael McCabe’s “Ethics” was featured: “USPTO No Safe Haven for Suspended or Disbarred Attorneys The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has two words for attorneys who have been suspended or disbarred elsewhere: Keep Out! The USPTO regulates the recognition….” Click here to view the full article.read more
On May 26, 2015, Michael McCabe’s article entitled “USPTO Is On the Lookout For Ethical Misconduct” was published in the “Expert Analysis” section of Law360, the venerable daily legal newsletter for lawyers and business leaders with over 400,000 subscribers. Click here to read the articleon Law360.com (subscription required). Click here to read the article as a...read more
Michael McCabe addressed members of the Arizona Bar’s Intellectual Property Law Section on ethical issues facing IP practitioners. Mr. McCabe spoke on a wide array of ethics and discipline topics of interest to patent and trademark practitioners. Mr. McCabe’s speech (click here for presentation) was part of the Arizona IP Law Section’s Annual Meeting held on May 15, 2015, at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Scottsdale,...read more
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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Michael 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