Author Archives: Kristi A. Davidson

The Federal Government’s Increasing Role in Trade Secret Theft

Kristi A. Davidson

Last month’s article launched us into the world of employment law by discussing a few of the human-resources implications that may flow from the United States Supreme Court’s twin decisions in Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor. This month, let’s shift our focus to the executive and legislative branches to talk about theMore »

Last updated: September 9, 2013

The Aftermath of DOMA: Sales Boon, HR Burden?

Kristi A. Davidson

The day before I sat down to write this month’s column, the U.S. Supreme Court announced two highly anticipated and hotly debated decisions: Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor. In Hollingsworth, the Supreme Court declined to decide whether to reverse the California courts’ rulings that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional because its proponents lackedMore »

Last updated: August 12, 2013

Counterfeiting: Not a Victimless Crime

Kristi A. Davidson

Have you ever walked down the street and done a double-take because you’ve seen your product being sold under someone else’s name? This problem is not limited to street carts or the underground network lining Canal Street in New York City. We have assisted clients stunned by “reputable” companies copying their design and distributing knock-offsMore »

Last updated: October 24, 2013

The Beginning of a Beautiful Relationship?

The Beginning of a Beautiful Relationship?

Over the last couple of months, these columns have addressed the dos and don’ts of celebrity endorsements.  But what about the celebrity who doesn’t want just to endorse your brand but to create new products under the celebrity’s own brand?  While the financial details of the arrangement may be forefront on your mind, many otherMore »

Last updated: August 12, 2013

The Star Treatment

The Star Treatment

Last month we talked about the wrong way to use a celebrity’s endorsement.  Now let’s talk about the right way—because, let’s face it, celebrity endorsements sell. Endorsement agreements contain many of the same provisions you would find in any contract; the trick with celebrities is to make things as explicit as humanly possible (and toMore »

Last updated: August 12, 2013

Legally Speaking: When a Celebrity’s Good Review Is A Bad Thing

Legally Speaking: When a Celebrity’s Good Review Is A Bad Thing

A national magazine photographs a celebrity in her kitchen with your iconic knife block prominently displayed on her countertop.  You post a link to the article on your Facebook page. While shopping in New York City, a celebrity tweets “Love [BRAND’s] new [PRODUCT] design!  Everyone grab one—they won’t last long!”  You retweet. In response toMore »

Last updated: August 12, 2013