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Ripley Rand Presents Free Webinar on North Carolina Emergency Management/Public Health Operations During Pandemic

Apr 03 2020
Like many other states, North Carolina is under a stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Gov. Roy Cooper’s order took effect March 30 and will remain in effect through at least April 29, as state officials look to slow the spread of the disease. Gov. Cooper’s statewide order comes after a number of North Carolina counties and cities – including the state’s biggest metro areas – enacted local stay-at-home orders.
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State Department of Insurance Statements About Business Interruption coverage

Apr 03 2020
Various State Departments of Insurance and other insurance regulators around the country have already begun issuing statements anticipating the coverage and enforcement issues that are likely to arise from the effects of COVID-19. Statements issued by the departments in WBD’s footprint are included below. Determinations about the applicability of business interruption or civil authority coverage can be very fact-intensive; if you have any questions, contact your broker or one of our insurance coverage lawyers.

Post & Courier Recognizes Stephanie Few as one of Charleston’s 25 Notable Women

Mar 27 2020
CHARLESTON, SC—Go to just about any groundbreaking ceremony for a new factory in South Carolina, or a press conference announcing more jobs coming to the Palmetto State, and you are likely to see Womble Bond Dickinson’s Stephanie Few standing alongside government and business leaders. Few focuses her practice on economic development, and she has been instrumental in recruiting tens of thousands of jobs, plus billions of dollars of investments, to South Carolina. So when the Charleston Post & Courier profiled 25 Notable Women in the city, Few was a logical choice.
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HeyDataData Blog Noted as a Thought Leader for IP and Technology Insights

Mar 26 2020
HeyDataData is Womble Bond Dickinson’s blog about technology and society. Authored by a team of firm attorneys, the blog is about how humans, primarily Americans, incorporate technology and innovation into our systems by setting rules, defining boundaries, protecting the innocent, punishing the unjust, and recognizing/organizing entirely heretofore unseen sectors of economic growth.
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FCC Waives Anti-Robocall Law for Healthcare Providers During COVID-19 Outbreak; David Carter Discusses with Bloomberg Law

Mar 25 2020
WASHINGTON, DC—During the COVID-19 outbreak, healthcare providers and businesses acting pursuant to the directive of healthcare providers are permitted to send automated calls and text messages critical to the public health without worrying about whether such communications violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), according to a new FCC emergency ruling. Womble Bond Dickinson attorney David Carter discussed this limited exemption with Bloomberg Law.
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Stephanie Few Writes Area Development Article on Mitigating COVID-19 Impact Through Economic Development Planning

Mar 24 2020
CHARLESTON, SC—The COVID-19 outbreak has created an economic, as well as a healthcare, crisis. With many businesses shut down, and consumers unable to spend, state and local governments are looking for answers to protect jobs and businesses. As they consider these solutions, leaders should look to economic development as part of their coronavirus economic recovery plan.
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Womble Bond Dickinson’s Keefe, Fultz, Morrow and Springer Named to World Trademark Review 2020 Edition of Leading Trademark Professionals

Mar 24 2020
Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Sarah Keefe, Evan Fultz, John Morrow and Randy Springer have been ranked in the 2020 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. The WTR 1000 research directory focuses on “identifying the trademark industry’s leading lights in 72 jurisdictions around the world.” Candidates are ranked according to market research, and are included independently of any commercial considerations.
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Brent Babcock Writes on Drop in Patent Validity Challenges – and What this Means for the PTAB – in Daily Journal article

Mar 20 2020
IRVINE, CALIF.—In 2019, the US Patent and Trademark Office experiences a 23 percent drop in validity challenges filed as compared to 2014-2018. The office received 1,321 validity challenge filings last year, compared to approximately 1,700 per year in the previous five years. In fact, the number of filings was at its lowest level. This may seem alarming to some, but Womble Bond Dickinson IP litigation attorney Brent Babcock said the drop is both intentional and for logical reasons.
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Womble Bond Dickinson Adds Commercial Lending/Corporate Attorney Rachel Rivkind in Boston

Mar 18 2020
Rivkind has more than a decade of experience representing lenders, borrowers and sponsors in a wide range of commercial lending and secured transactions. Her practice includes guiding clients through asset-based middle market lending, private client and cross-border financing, real estate lending, acquisition financing and syndicated credit arrangements. She also has represented lenders in protecting and enforcing their interests.
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