Partner Karen Vladeck Appointed to Board of Code2College

Partner Karen Vladeck Appointed to Board of Code2College

Wittliff Cutter is pleased to announce that Partner Karen Vladeck has been appointed as a Board Member of Code2College. Code2College is a non-profit origination based in Austin, TX whose mission is to increase the number of minority and low-income high school students who enter and excel in STEM undergraduate majors and careers. By partnering with a wide-range of companies in Central Texas, Code2College places local high school students in a multi-year, career prep and college access program that leverages local volunteer technical talent to teach coding and web development skills to traditionally underrepresented students.

Partner María Amelia Calaf files an amicus brief in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

Partner María Amelia Calaf files an amicus brief in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

Partner María Amelia Calaf filed an amicus brief in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the Software and Information Industry (SIIA) and five other entities in St. Regis Mohawk Tribe v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. The issue before the Federal Circuit is whether a corporate entity can assign a patent to a Native American tribe for the sole purpose of allowing the tribe to invoke its sovereign immunity to avoid inter partes review (IPR). An IPR is a post-grant proceeding before the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) where the PTAB reviews the patentability of one or more claims of a previously granted patent.

Partners María Amelia Calaf and Ryan Botkin and Jennifer Hopgood of the Office of the Texas Attorney General Author Anti-SLAPP Paper

Partners María Amelia Calaf and Ryan Botkin and Jennifer Hopgood of the Office of the Texas Attorney General Author Anti-SLAPP Paper

Curious to learn more about Texas’s Anti-SLAPP statute? Or wanting to get an update on recent important decisions by the Texas Supreme Court? Read the summary paper authored by WCA partners María Amelia Calaf and Ryan Botkin and Jennifer Hopgood of the Office of the Texas Attorney General on Texas Citizens Participation Act: Current and Future Boundaries of “Anti-SLAPP” for a thorough overview of the law and practical tips for state law practitioners.

Partner Reid Wittliff Presents Two Classes Focusing on Technology Law

Partner Reid Wittliff Presents Two Classes Focusing on Technology Law

Partner Reid Wittliff recently taught two classes focused on technology law. On April 5, Reid taught an eDiscovery and Digital Forensics lecture to the University of Texas School of Law Technology in Litigation class. The presentation focused on the effective use of discovery to obtain digital evidence and the process digital forensics examiners use to identify, capture, preserver and present digital evidence in litigation.

Can Employers Prohibit Employees from Discussing Pay?

Can Employers Prohibit Employees from Discussing Pay?

As an employment lawyer, I often see provisions in employee handbooks that say something along the lines of: “Discussing pay and other confidential terms of employment with your co-workers is prohibited.” This type of clause — or anything that prohibits your employees from discussing the terms and conditions of their employment — is prohibited under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

Austin Becomes First City in Texas to Require Paid Sick Leave

Austin Becomes First City in Texas to Require Paid Sick Leave

On February 16, 2018, the Austin City Council passed a long-anticipated ordinance that requires private companies with employees in Austin to provide paid sick leave. The ordinance goes into effect on October 1, 2018 for all employers with six or more employees within the City and on October 1, 2020 for all employers with five or fewer employees. The law only applies to W-2 employees and does not apply to Independent Contractors.

New Federal Rule 37(e) May Help Companies Avoid Spoliation Claims

New Federal Rule 37(e) May Help Companies Avoid Spoliation Claims

Revised Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) entitled “Failure to Preserve Electronically Stored Information” was included in the package of rules the US Supreme Court recently transmitted to Congress. If Congress does not act, the rule will become effective on December 1, 2015. The chair of the Advisory Committee on Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Judge David Campbell, described the task of drafting this rule as “the most challenging task any of us on the committee have ever undertaken.”