12.07.18

Susan Rogers Issues the December Washington Tax Newsletter

Because of the split control between Republicans, who hold the White House and the Senate, and the Democrats, who hold the House, it is unlikely that major changes to the tax code will advance in the 116th Congress, which convenes in January 2019.  It is possible, however, that some taxinitiatives will be considered if they are […]
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11.29.18

Potomac Law Named a “Best Law Firm” by US News & World Report

Potomac Law is pleased to announce that it has been recognized in the 2019 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s and Best Lawyers list of “Best Law Firms.”  Potomac Law partner Richard P.  McHugh was also honored by The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.  Mr. McHugh is a partner in the Employee Benefits and […]
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11.28.18

PLG Partner Named one of America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators

We are pleased to announce that PLG partner Chris Meazell has been named one of America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators® for Washington, DC in 2018. Candidates are selected based on a broad array of criteria, including professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation, and community impact.  Only one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the […]
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11.15.18

Larry Schroepfer Named Partner

Potomac Law is pleased to announce that Larry Schroepfer has become a Partner of the firm. Larry Schroepfer is a Partner in the Corporate, Intellectual Property, Technology Transactions, and General Counsel Services practice groups.  He has more than thirty years of legal and business experience, of which twenty years have been devoted to licensing and […]
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11.10.18

Litigation Partner Susan Metcalfe Wins Magna Mock Trial Competition

Congratulations to Susan Metcalfe on becoming the three-time champion of the Annual Competitive Mock Trial Conference sponsored by Magna Legal Services in Atlantic City!  The competition featured four trial attorneys going head-to-head in a mock trial setting to present their best case to a panel of judges made up of claims executives and corporate counsel.  Ms. Metcalfe won $12,000 […]
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11.01.18

PLG Partner Susan Rogers Issues the November Washington Tax Newsletter

With both the House and Senate adjourned in order to campaign ahead of the November 6th mid-term elections, no further legislation will be addressed until a lame duck session.  Both chambers are scheduled to return to Washington on November 13th.  The outcome of the elections will likely have an effect on what issues will be addressed […]
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11.01.18

“What is your emergency?” – FCC Prepares to Expand Enhanced 911 Mandates to All Locations Supported by Multi-Line Telephone Systems

Is your Multi-Line Telephone System (“MLTS”) currently providing direct 911 dialing (without requiring the dialing of any other digits or “9” to access an outside line), and on-site notification to a central location at the facility where the MLTS is installed to expedite emergency response?  Is your MLTS capable of transmitting dispatchable location information for […]
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10.25.18

FCC Announces New “Highest Bidder” Auction for 833 Vanity Toll-Free Numbers

The FCC has announced that certain vanity toll-free numbers in the new 833 toll-free code will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.  This represents a departure from the FCC’s longstanding policy of allocating toll-free codes on a first-come, first-served basis.  In a Report and Order issued on September 26, 2018, the FCC announced that it will […]
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10.11.18

PLG Partner Susan Metcalfe Presents at the ABA’s Forum on Franchise

Ms. Metcalfe is a featured speaker in a panel discussion on “Perspectives on Non-Traditional Franchise Ownership Structures” at the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchise in Nashville, Tennessee.  This is the annual meeting of the Forum on Franchise whose mission “is to be the preeminent forum for the study and discussion of the legal aspects of franchising.”
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10.09.18

Susan Rogers Issues the October Washington Tax Newsletter

The House voted 361-61 to approve a FY 2019 spending bill that would keep the government running past September 30th until December 7th by approving funding for the departments of Defense, Labor, Education and HHS and including short term funding for the rest of the government.  Despite his threat that he would not sign a […]
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10.08.18

PLG Partner Among Those Selected as The Best Lawyers in America 2019

We are pleased to announce that partner Richard McHugh has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.  Rich McHugh is a partner in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation  practice group. Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which nearly eight million votes analyzed the legal abilities of other lawyers […]
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10.04.18

Potomac Law Welcomes Edward L. Wender

We are pleased to announce that Ed Wender has joined us as a Partner in our Real Estate and Finance, Corporate, and Outside General Counsel practice groups.   Mr. Wender has over 35 years of experience in commercial real estate and general business counseling, representing a variety of borrowers with institutional lenders, Freddie Mac, HUD-insured loans […]
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09.25.18

Potomac Law Welcomes Christopher L. Meazell

We are pleased to announce that Chris Meazell has joined us as a Partner in the Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Media & Regulatory groups.   Mr. Meazell has extensive experience solving complex business problems through advocacy and counseling.  He represents clients in a wide range of matters including contract and content licensing disputes, business torts, cases involving […]
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09.24.18

Potomac Law Welcomes Susan V. Metcalfe

We are pleased to announce that Susan Metcalfe has joined us as a Partner in our Litigation and Intellectual Property groups.   Ms. Metcalfe has over eighteen years’ experience as a trial attorney handling a broad array of complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts nationwide, from trademark, trade secret, and non-competition disputes to […]
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09.19.18

Susan Rogers Issues the September Washington Tax Newsletter

Congressional activity slowed in the month of August with both the House and Senate taking a recess, although the Senate recess was shortened to one week.  Key legislative issues, including the FY 2019 appropriations bills, must be dealt with this month, but the upcoming mid-term elections will be the primary focus in Washington this fall with […]
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09.14.18

Litigation partner Susan Metcalfe quoted in The Legal Intelligence

A unanimous three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed a decision by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Denis Cohen that the case West v. Abington Memorial Hospital should be transferred from Philadelphia to the neighboring county, where the hospital is located.  West stems from claims that the hospital failed to turn over a […]
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09.12.18

PLG Partner Ayesha Khan Publishes Newsletter “Can Employers Monitor Personal Email Accounts that Employees Access with Company-Issued Devices?”

Because of our dependence on cellphones, computers, and other devices, our activities and whereabouts have become trackable in ways we can’t even imagine.  Last term, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed a situation in which law enforcement personnel were able to track the location of several robbery suspects by tracking the whereabouts of their cellphones.  See […]
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09.11.18

FCC Annual Regulatory Fee Payments Due Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The FCC Annual Regulatory Fees are due Tuesday, September 25, 2018.  All FCC licensees, with some very limited exceptions, and Responsible Organizations (RespOrgs) must pay this fee. Payments must be received by the FCC by 11:59 p.m.  Eastern Time on that day or be subject to a mandatory 25 percent late payment fee. All Interstate […]
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08.05.18

Susan Rogers Issues the August Washington Tax Newsletter

The House has adjourned for the summer and will return to work on September 4th.  The Senate will work for most of the month of August, with only a one-week break August 6-10th.  In July, work continued in both the House and Senate on appropriations bills for FY 2019, which starts October 1, 2018. Click […]
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07.12.18

Susan Rogers Issues the July Washington Tax Newsletter

The announcement by Supreme Court Justice Kennedy that he will retire from the Court as of July 31st and the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Court will have a significant impact on the agenda for Congress this fall leading up to the mid-term elections. Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) plans to have the Senate move quickly […]
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07.06.18

Client Bulletin: California Enacts Sweeping Data Privacy Law

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).  The comprehensive law imposes some requirements that are similar to those of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which went into effect in May 2018.  CCPA, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020, will require companies across the […]
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07.05.18

Potomac Law Names New Partners

Potomac Law is pleased to announce that Jessica Chod and George Dolina have become Partners of the firm. Jessica Chod is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate group.  Ms. Chod has experience both as a corporate counsel of a multi-national corporation and as outside counsel.  Her practice focuses on general corporate and contract law matters, as […]
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06.27.18

Potomac Law Launches General Counsel Services Practice

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Potomac Law Group is pleased to announce the launch of its General Counsel Services Practice.  Offering skill in calibrating legal advice to business reality, the attorneys in the practice draw upon substantial in-house experience – in many cases at senior leadership levels – and years of tenure at the nation’s largest and […]
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06.11.18

Susan Rogers Issues the June Washington Tax Newsletter

Senate Majority Leader McConnell cancelled most of the Congressional August recess for the Senate in order to work on federal spending bills and pending confirmations, which will keep Democratic senators from campaigning in August for the mid-term elections. The House is unlikely to cancel their August recess. Click the image below to read more.
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05.25.18

Potomac Law Welcomes Jasmine F. Blackmeir

We are pleased to announce Jasmine Blackmeir has joined us as a Partner in the Firm’s Real Estate and Finance Practice Group. Ms. Blackmeir’s practice involves all facets of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, sales, mortgage and mezzanine financings, joint venture arrangements, and leasing transactions relating to office buildings, hotels, multifamily rental properties, commercial […]
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05.03.18

Susan Rogers Issues the May Washington Tax Newsletter

House and Senate Republican leaders are working on a plan to move appropriations bills quickly this year and avoid any drama over government spending prior to the fall mid-term elections. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that he will retire from Congress when the current legislative session officially ends in early 2019 (following the 2018 mid-term elections). […]
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04.29.18

PLG Partner Ayesha Khan Publishes Newsletter “Does the Americans with Disabilities Act Apply to Company Websites?”

Last year, Winn-Dixie lost an ADA-compliance lawsuit—- Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., 257 F. Supp. 3d 1340 (S.D.N.Y. 2017)—- because blind individuals, who use screen readers to navigate websites, could not effectively use the supermarket chain’s website. Winn-Dixie, which has appealed the ruling, is not alone. In the last year, litigants have filed hundreds of […]
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04.18.18

Susan Rogers Issues the April Washington Tax Newsletter

Prior to leaving for their Easter recess, Congressional leaders approved legislation called the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, which is an omnibus spending package that funds the federal government for the remainder of FY 2018.  Passage of this bill, which was signed into law by the President on March 23rd, ends the series of Continuing Resolutions […]
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04.11.18

Potomac Law Welcomes Reed P. Sexter

We are pleased to announce that Reed P. Sexter has joined us as a Partner in the Firm’s Real Estate and Finance Practice Group. Mr. Sexter has more than 20 years of commercial real estate and general business transactional law experience representing lenders, borrowers, developers, landlords and tenants. He concentrates his practice on real estate […]
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04.05.18

Client Bulletin: FCC Launches Rulemaking to Create Database(s) For Businesses to Avoid Calling Reassigned Numbers and Potentially Insulate Them from TCPA Liability

On March 23, 2018, the FCC initiated a new proposed rulemaking in its ongoing effort to combat robocalls, the biggest source of consumer complaints the FCC receives, by making available to business callers one or more comprehensive databases providing the current assignment of reassigned telephone numbers to avoid unintended calls by telemarketers to numbers that have been assigned to new subscribers. […]
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03.27.18

Client Bulletin: Upcoming Annual FCC Filing Deadlines for Common Carriers, Voice over Internet Protocol Providers, and Submarine Cable Licensees

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a number of upcoming annual deadlines applicable to carriers and other service providers.  The filings outlined here are typically due on either March 31 or April 1 annually, however, under Commission rules, when a filing deadline occurs on a weekend, the deadline is moved to the next business day. Accordingly, the […]
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03.21.18

Client Bulletin: DC Circuit Largely Rejects FCC’s Declaratory Ruling Expanding Potential TCPA Liability for Autodialed Calls and Texts

On Friday, March 16th, nearly 18 months after hearing oral argument in October 2016, the DC Circuit released its long-awaited opinion resolving a number of challenges to the FCC’s 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order (30 FCC Rcd 7961, FCC 15-72, found here) interpreting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (“TCPA”) (“Order”). Specifically, the Court set […]
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03.14.18

Potomac Law Welcomes Viresh Patel

We are pleased to announce that Viresh R. Patel has joined us as a Counsel in our Patent group. Mr. Patel’s practice includes drafting and prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications in the electrical, mechanical, medical device, computer, software, and business method arts. He also has experience with appeals, reexamination proceedings, and post-grant proceedings before […]
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03.12.18

Potomac Law Welcomes Barry S. Goldsmith

We are pleased to announce that Barry S. Goldsmith has joined the firm as a Partner in our Patent group. Mr. Goldsmith’s practice focuses on patent matters in a wide variety of electrical/computer engineering disciplines including computer software and hardware, integrated circuit designs, computer processor architectures, semiconductor processing, cellular and land-based telecommunication systems, smartphone features, […]
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03.01.18

Katherine Barker Marshall Named Partner

Potomac Law is pleased to announce that Katherine Barker Marshall has become a Partner of the firm in the Communications, Media and Entertainment, Technology & IP Transactions, and Privacy & Cybersecurity groups. Ms. Marshall routinely advises wireless carriers, wireline carriers, infrastructure companies, emerging technology companies, satellite companies, and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) providers on […]
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03.01.18

Susan Rogers Issues the March Washington Tax Newsletter

The President delivered his first State of the Union address on January 30th with comments focusing on immigration reform and infrastructure spending.  The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (“Budget Act”), which was approved by Congress and signed into law by the President in early February, is a two-year budget agreement that sets defense and non-defense spending levels […]
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02.14.18

Client Bulletin: Reminder – Upcoming Federal Filing Deadlines for Carriers, VolP Providers, and Broadband Providers

The Federal Communications Commission has a number of regulatory filing deadlines in the coming weeks that affect carriers, interconnected and non-interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers, and broadband providers. CPNI Certificates On June 29, 2017, the FCC reinstated its rules regarding the filing of Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) (See FCC 17-82). The rules […]
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02.01.18

Susan Rogers Issues the February Washington Tax Newsletter

Congress returned in January to face a full agenda of issues that must be addressed in 2018 but which will certainly be affected by the politics of the year with mid-term elections in the fall providing an opportunity for Democrats to take control of either the House or Senate – or both.  The successful completion […]
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01.30.18

PLG Trademark Partner Janet Satterthwaite Honored for Both Prosecution and Enforcement by World Trademark Review (WTR)

Potomac Law Group is pleased to announce that Janet F. Satterthwaite, for the sixth year in a row, was named in WTR 1000 2018 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, the industry’s definitive publication.  This year Ms. Satterthwaite was ranked Silver, up from previous years, in both Prosecution and Enforcement.  Out of the 125 lawyers ranked in the Washington, […]
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01.25.18

Potomac Law Welcomes Ken Fagin

We are pleased to announce that Ken Fagin has joined us as a Counsel in our Patent Practice. For over 25 years, Mr. Fagin has worked with a vast array of mechanical, electromechanical, electrical engineering, and various other technologies. He has served as one of a select few remaining U.S. counsel handling prosecution on behalf […]
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01.19.18

Potomac Law Welcomes Knicole Emanuel

We are pleased to announce that Knicole C. Emanuel has joined us as a Partner in the Health Care practice group. For more than 18 years, Ms. Emanuel has maintained a litigation practice, concentrating on Medicare and Medicaid litigation, health care regulatory compliance, administrative law and regulatory law.  She understands the intricate Medicare and Medicaid […]
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01.03.18

Susan Rogers Issues the January Washington Tax Newsletter

Congress returns in January to face several challenging issues with pressing deadlines, including funding the federal government for the rest of FY 2018, raising the debt limit, extensions of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a disaster relief bill, bipartisan legislation to stabilize Obamacare, and a legislative solution for […]
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12.29.17

Client Bulletin: FCC’s Deregulatory Restoring Internet Freedom Order Prioritizes Transparency Disclosures by Broadband Providers

By Douglas G. Bonner and Katherine Barker Marshall The FCC’s much ballyhooed December 14, 2017 reversal of its 2015 Title II classification of broadband Internet access services (“BIAS”) (“Title II Order”) means a much lighter FCC regulatory touch consistent with the current FCC Commission’s view that it has limited statutory authority to regulate the Internet.  […]
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12.05.17

Susan Rogers Issues the December Washington Tax Newsletter

Congress faces a full agenda in December before the planned adjournment for the holidays including funding the government beyond the current Continuing Resolution expiration date, completion of comprehensive tax reform legislation, renewal of a children’s health program, and work on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Click the image below to read more.
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11.15.17

Client Bulletin: Are You Ready For the GDPR?

By Douglas G. Bonner and Jeff Kosseff. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) becomes legally effective on May 25, 2018, only six months from now. The GDPR replaces the EU Data Protection Directive (“Directive”) regulating the collection and use of personal data of EU residents. It has greater extraterritorial reach than the Directive, which […]
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11.01.17

Potomac Law Named a “Best Law Firm” by US News & World Report

Potomac Law is proud to announce that it has been recognized in the 2018 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s and Best Lawyers list of “Best Law Firms.”  Potomac Law partners Richard P. McHugh and Sotiris (“Ted”) Planzos were also honored by The Best Lawyers in America© 2018.  Firms included in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence […]
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10.10.17

Potomac Law Welcomes Douglas Bonner

We are pleased to announce that Douglas Bonner has joined the firm as a Partner in the Telecommunications, Privacy and Cybersecurity, and Media, Entertainment, and Communications practice groups. Mr. Bonner has more than 25 years of experience representing wireline and wireless providers, cable TV, VoIP and broadcast companies in regulatory matters before the FCC, FTC, […]
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10.06.17

Susan Rogers Issues the October Washington Tax Newsletter

Unlike the September Congressional work period during which Congress faced a number of pressing deadlines, the October work period will have tax reform as its focus as Members of Congress work to achieve a key legislative success before the end of the year. In September, the President struck a deal with Congressional Democratic leaders which […]
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09.22.17

Client Bulletin: FCC Proposes Consolidated, Uniform Formal Complaint Rules

By Douglas G. Bonner. On September 18, 2017, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) seeking comment on what it calls a “uniform set” of procedural rules for certain formal complaint proceedings delegated to the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau for handling by its Market Disputes Resolution Division (MDRD) and Telecommunications Consumers Division (TCD). The […]
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09.09.17

PLG Scores Win in Products-Liability Case Before Georgia Court of Appeals

The Georgia Court of Appeals has unanimously ruled for PLG client LG Electronics in Cash v. LG Electronics, a products-liability suit brought by survivors of a Dacula, GA house fire that killed two of their family members. The fire originated in an area of the family’s living room that included several items, including an LG […]
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09.07.17

Susan Rogers Issues the September Washington Tax Newsletter

Congress returns on September 5th to face a full schedule with some pressing time deadlines.  The statutory debt limit ceiling must be raised by the end of September and deadlines for FY 2018 appropriations legislation on September 30th must be met, as well as reauthorizations for the Federal Aviation Administration, flood insurance, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and user fees […]
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08.17.17

Two PLG Attorneys Selected as The Best Lawyers in America 2018

We are pleased to announce that partners Richard McHugh and Sotiris “Ted” Planzos​ have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018.  Rich McHugh is a partner in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation​ practice group and Ted Planzos is a partner in the White Collar Defense & Investigations and Litigation practice groups. Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive […]
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08.02.17

Susan Rogers Issues the August Washington Tax Newsletter

The House and Senate were scheduled to start their several week August recess on July 28th, but Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) announced that the Senate will extend the legislative work period into mid-August to allow time to focus on health care reform, nominations, and other legislative priorities, although the failure of the health care […]
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07.10.17

Client Bulletin: Federal Trade Commission Updates Compliance Guidelines On Collecting Information Online From Children Under 13

By William Baker. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) restricts the collection by online services of personal information from children under the age of 13.  Enacted in 1998 with the initial purpose of deterring predators from contacting children through online chat rooms, COPPA as applied now restricts many categories of information collection, including targeting […]
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07.07.17

Susan Rogers Issues the July Washington Tax Newsletter

At the end of June, Congress left Washington to return home for a week-long July 4th recess with no progress on the FY 2018 budget, the debt ceiling limit, health care reform, or tax reform.   The Senate continued to focus on health care reform in an effort to move on from that issue to tax reform, but leadership was unable […]
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06.19.17

Client Bulletin: Time Running Out For Online Service Providers To Preserve Their DMCA “Safe Harbor” Protection

By William Baker. Internet websites, mobile apps, social media, and similar services are reminded to file an electronic designation of agent with the U.S. Copyright Office by December 1, 2017.  This is necessary to qualify for the “safe harbor” under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) that protects online service providers from monetary liability based […]
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06.07.17

Potomac Law Welcomes Melinda A. Sossamon

We are pleased to announce that Melinda A. Sossamon has joined us as a Partner in our Intellectual Property and Corporate practice areas. Ms. Sossamon is a Partner who counsels on a wide range of intellectual property issues and corporate and commercial transactions, as well as provides outsourced general counsel services. She brings more than […]
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06.06.17

Susan Rogers Issues the June Washington Tax Newsletter

The agenda and legislative schedule facing Congress in the months ahead continues to present significant challenges with uncertainty as to whether any major legislation can be passed in the near future.  There is divided opinion in Washington about whether the firing of FBI Director Comey and the related investigations of Russian contacts with Trump campaign personnel will make […]
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06.02.17

Janet Satterthwaite Ranked in Chambers USA 2017

We are pleased to announce that our Trademark Partner Janet Satterthwaite has been ranked again in the prestigious Chambers USA 2017 guide.  This is the third consecutive year that she has been accorded this honor; she is one of only sixteen lawyers in the Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets category in Washington DC to receive […]
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05.23.17

Client Bulletin: New Guidance Suggests that Companies Revisit their Password Policies

By Jeff Kosseff Companies should review their policies on the passwords required to access their information systems to ensure that they comply with evolving federal standards. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is revising Special Publication 800-63B, Digital Identity Guidelines for authentication. Although the NIST guidelines are drafted primarily for federal government agencies, […]
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05.18.17

Arbitration Agreements and Black Swans: Supreme Court Strikes Down Kentucky’s Clear Statement Rule as an Impermissible Impediment to Arbitration

By John R. Snyder On May 15 the Supreme Court yet again reasserted the preeminence of the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) over state courts’ efforts to concoct end runs around its dictates. In Kindred Nursing Centers LP v. Clark, No. 16-32, the Court held the Kentucky Supreme Court had “flouted the FAA’s command to place […]
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05.11.17

Potomac Law Welcomes R. Frederic Henschel

We are pleased to announce that Rouget Frederic (Ric) Henschel has joined the firm as a Partner in the Intellectual Property group. Dr. Henschel’s practice focuses on counseling clients in patent matters, representing clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), litigation, and licensing. His experience includes technologies such as biotechnology, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and […]
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05.03.17

Susan Rogers Issues the May Washington Tax Newsletter

The White House and Congress continue to face a full legislative agenda including budget deadlines, tax reform, health care reform, and House and Senate intelligence committee hearings on Russian involvement in the 2016 election. The White House released a one-page fact sheet outlining principles for comprehensive tax reform, but did not include legislative language or technical explanations of the […]
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04.03.17

Susan Rogers Issues the April Washington Tax Newsletter

Congress and the White House continue to manage a full legislative agenda including health care reform, budget deadlines, tax reform, House and Senate intelligence committee hearings on Russian involvement in the 2016 election, and confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee. The current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires on April 28th, and Congress will have to address […]
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04.01.17

Potomac Law Partner Janet Satterthwaite Quoted In Associated Press Article On President Trump’s Chinese Trademarks

Potomac Law Partner Janet Satterthwaite was quoted by the Associated Press on President Trump being granted Chinese trademarks.  The article was picked up by dozens of other publications and tv stations and can be found here. Ms. Satterthwaite is an internationally-recognized trademark attorney with over thirty years of experience in all aspects of global trademark prosecution and strategic counseling as […]
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03.21.17

Another Court Victory: PLG Charity Basketball Squad Takes Top Honors at DC Tourney

Potomac Law’s basketball team participated in the 4th Annual SOUL Corporate Basketball Challenge this past weekend in Washington DC, winning both the 3-point shoot-out competition and the overall tournament with a perfect 7-0 record.   The team defeated PricewaterhouseCoopers in the final to claim the title.  SOUL (Student-Athletes Organized to Understand Leadership) is a sports-based youth […]
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03.20.17

Client Bulletin: New York Financial Cybersecurity Regulations Take Effect This Month

On March 1, the New York Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) cybersecurity regulations took effect. Although the regulations only cover banks, insurance companies, and other financial services companies that are regulated by DFS, the new rules could affect companies that provide services to DFS-regulated organizations. Among the key requirements of the new rules for regulated […]
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03.06.17

Susan Rogers Issues the March Washington Tax Newsletter

Congress faces a full legislative agenda for the spring including budget deadlines, health care reform, and tax reform.  The White House and House leaders have called for tax reform by the August recess, while the Senate appears to be on a slower pace for completion of a comprehensive tax package. President Trump addressed Congress on February 28th, presenting […]
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03.02.17

PLG Scores Fourth Circuit Win

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today unanimously affirmed a decision in favor of a Saudi family wrongfully accused of violating a federal trafficking statute. PLG had obtained summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, where the court rejected a domestic employee’s claim brought under the […]
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02.24.17

Potomac Law Welcomes John R. Snyder

We are pleased to announce that John R. Snyder has joined the firm as a Partner in the Litigation, Administrative & Regulatory, Appellate & Critical Motions, and Arbitration practice groups. John Snyder has more than thirty years of experience as a litigator and regulatory attorney with a focus on commercial and financial litigation, including defense […]
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02.20.17

PLG Partner Ayesha Khan quoted in The Washington Post

PLG Partner Ayesha Khan is quoted in a Washington Post article on U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Read the article here. Ms. Khan is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Appellate practice groups. She has served as counsel in thirty-five U.S. Supreme Court cases, more than one hundred federal appellate proceedings, scores of […]
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02.13.17

Potomac Law Welcomes Todd S. Bontemps

We are pleased to announce that Todd S. Bontemps has joined the firm as a Partner in the Intellectual Property group. Mr. Bontemps brings more than twenty years of experience in his field with particular expertise in intellectual property protection and strategic branding, both domestically and internationally. His practice is focused on trademark, copyright, domain […]
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02.06.17

Janet Sattherthwaite Honored Once Again by World Trademark Review (WTR)

For the fifth year in a row, Ms. Satterthwaite was named in WTR 1000 2017 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, the industry’s preeminent publication. The WTR conducts extensive research over many months to determine the leading national and international trademark practitioners from around the globe. Ms. Satterthwaite was recognized for her prosecution, strategy, and enforcement work. […]
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02.02.17

Susan Rogers Issues the February Washington Tax Newsletter

Congressional Republicans held an annual retreat to discuss their agenda for 2017 including a “Two Hundred Day” plan.   President Trump joined the retreat and encouraged an aggressive agenda on health care, tax reform and new trade deals. Speaker Ryan has commented that the “Two Hundred Day Plan” may eventually take the entire year to complete, although he plans to have […]
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01.22.17

Potomac Law Names New Partners

Potomac Law is pleased to announce that Teresa A. Alutto Schmidt and Iris Wong have become Partners of the firm. Teresa (“Reese”) A. Alutto-Schmidt Reese Alutto-Schmidt is a Partner in the White Collar Defense & Investigations and Litigation practice groups, with deep experience in internal investigations, government enforcement litigation, and motions practice in state and federal courts.  She received her J.D. from the American University, Washington […]
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01.14.17

Potomac Law Welcomes Jeff Kosseff

We are pleased to announce that Jeff Kosseff has joined us as Counsel in the firm’s Privacy and Cybersecurity and Media, Entertainment, and Communications practice groups. Mr. Kosseff brings experience counseling clients, ranging from start-ups to some of the world’s largest companies, on emerging privacy and cybersecurity legal issues.  He is the author of the […]
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01.12.17

Susan Rogers Issues the January Washington Tax Newsletter

President-elect Trump will take office on January 20, 2017.  Congress convened on January 3, 2017.  Based on comments from the Republican leadership and President-elect Trump, it is expected that the Congressional agenda in the early months of 2017 will include repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), tax reform, and changes to environmental regulations, as well as confirmation hearings […]
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01.06.17

Client Bulletin: NIST Releases Cybersecurity Recovery Guidelines

By: Jeff Kosseff, Counsel in Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group. Companies, nonprofits, and other organizations should develop comprehensive plans to recover from cybersecurity incidents such as data breaches and ransomware, according to new guidance issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Guide for Cybersecurity Event Recovery, NIST Special Publication 800-184, is not a legally […]
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12.13.16

Potomac Law Welcomes Richard P. McHugh

We are pleased to announce that Richard P. McHugh has joined us as a Partner in our Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits practice group. Mr. McHugh is a specialist in all areas of employee benefits law, including qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, incentive compensation programs, ESOPs and health and welfare benefit plans, with considerable experience […]
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12.07.16

Susan Rogers Issues the December Washington Tax Newsletter

On November 8th, Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States.  During the transition period until inauguration day on January 20, 2017, he is working to assemble a team of advisors and cabinet members.  The key appointee for the agenda on tax reform will be Trump’s pick for Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, […]
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12.06.16

Potomac Law Welcomes Katherine Barker Marshall

We are pleased to announce that Katherine Barker Marshall has joined our firm as Counsel in our Media, Entertainment & Communications and Technology & IP Transactions practice groups. Ms. Marshall advises wireless carriers, wireline carriers, infrastructure companies, emerging technology companies, satellite companies, and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) providers on local, state, and federal regulatory and transactional issues. Specifically, Ms. Marshall […]
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11.29.16

Client Bulletin: New Federal Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals

By: Timothy Bergin, Partner in Litigation and Antitrust practice groups. On October 20, 2016, the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) jointly issued Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals (“Guidance”).  An accompanying press release by the Antitrust Division states that executives and managers “may face jail time” and, along […]
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11.28.16

Client Bulletin: Federal Court Ruling Blocks Overtime Rule Changes

By: Wendy Fischman, Partner in Employment and Corporate practice groups. In May 2016, the Department of Labor issued a new “Final Rule” drastically changing the calculation for when and how employees may be exempted from the federal law requiring overtime pay.  The Final Rule was set to become effective on December 1, 2016. Late yesterday, […]
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