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Yovo App Improves Digital Privacy
October 31, 2014
A groundbreaking smartphone app by Plano, Texas-based ContentGuard takes privacy in digital communications to a new level. Yovo is the first app that allows users to protect pictures and messages, both old and new, from undesired screen captures via a patent-pending scrambling technology. Yovo allows users to blur images and select who can discover what is
Bankruptcy Attorney Michael Haynes Rejoins Gardere as Partner
October 30, 2014
DALLAS - Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce that Michael S. Haynes has rejoined the Firm as a partner in the Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization Practice Group. In 2005, Mr. Haynes began his legal career at Gardere as a bankruptcy associate after earning his J.D., summa cum laude, and M.B.A. from Texas Tech University. He joined Akin Gump
Dictator’s Pursuit of Video Game Royalties Problematic Says Trademark, Copyright Attorney Amanda Greenspon
October 30, 2014
Imprisoned former dictator Manuel Noriega is suing video game maker Activision over the use of his likeness in “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” Noriega claims that he is entitled to proceeds because Activision did not ask permission to use his likeness. Unlike recent lawsuits involving celebrity entertainers and sports figures who have
Jimmy John’s Noncompete a Non-Starter in Texas Says AZA’s Joe Ahmad
October 29, 2014
Executives are used to signing noncompetes, but the same can’t be said about sandwich makers. Jimmy John’s, the national sandwich chain, reportedly requires sandwich makers and drivers at its 2,000 outlets nationwide to sign noncompete agreements that prohibit them from working at a competing sandwich shop within three miles of any Jimmy
Technology Attorney David Doyle Looks at Smartphone Encryption Concerns
October 28, 2014
Data encryption technology already in use in some smartphones and electronic devices makes it practically impossible for law enforcement to access data stored and communicated on personal electronic devices, even with a warrant. The FBI recently expressed concern about encryption. Some experts suggest that a legislative fix may be needed to force technology
Sidley Austin’s Cliff Vrielink Says Oil Price Drop Already Slowing Deals
October 27, 2014
A 20 percent drop in oil prices since June is putting the brakes on many oil patch deals. Energy industry attorney Cliff Vrielink of Sidley Austin in Houston says buyers and sellers may start having different price expectations. He compares it to “a real estate market swoon in which the seller still wants top dollar while the buyer wants a
Guardrail Verdict Called a ‘Team Effort’ by Ward & Smith’s T. John Ward
October 24, 2014
Former federal Judge T. John Ward of Longview, Texas-based Ward & Smith says a “team effort” is behind this week’s massive $175 million verdict he helped win in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Marshall. Jurors found Dallas-based Trinity Industries Inc. liable for charging the Federal Highway Administration
Two More College Softball Teammates Sue Over Deadly Oklahoma Crash
October 24, 2014
DALLAS – The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson in Dallas has filed negligence lawsuits on behalf of two members of the North Central Texas College (NCTC) softball team who were seriously injured when a distracted commercial truck driver collided with a team van last month in Oklahoma. Four students were killed, and several injured. NCTC student
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