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Peter L. Altieri and David J. Clark of Epstein Becker & Green discuss plaintiffs' need to allege the elements of a trade secrets misappropriation claim without actually giving away those trade secrets while being specific enough to survive a motion to dismiss, and steps defendants should take to avoid intrusive and potentially harmful discovery by a competitor.
William G. Passannante, a shareholder of Anderson Kill & Olick, discusses the practical ramifications of a defense provided by insurance company-appointed counsel, as opposed to "independent counsel" selected by the policyholder but paid for by the insurance company pursuant to an obligation to defend or to pay defense costs.
Christine Lepera, a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, writes: Depending on the level of success of the artist, the various members of an artist's team who must work together are a personal manager, a business manager, a talent agent, and a transactional entertainment lawyer. No matter how vigilant both sides are in choosing each other, conflicts and disputes can arise between the artist and a team member or amongst the team members themselves.
Rose Gill Hearn, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation, discusses the process of analyzing allegations of wrongdoing, collecting information to assess their credibility, and the actual execution of the investigative operations as seen through the lens of New York City's "watchdog" agency in conducting investigations into municipal fraud and public corruption.