Trade Secrets

Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) of 2016

By: Christopher A. Cosper

Trade Secret Misappropriation Recourse and Whistleblower Protection New Legislation Impacting Business All businesses have intellectual property and trade secrets.  A company is in business because it is offering something of “value” which can be a number of things from product to process to promotion.  For example, proprietary software, product systems,…
Typeface Trademark

IP Protection of Typeface Logos

By: George G. Robertson

A current trend in design and marketing are simplified corporate logos or typeface logos.  Take Hull Barrett’s logo as an example: The words “Hull Barrett Attorneys” in the logo are a typeface and not an artistic element like the peach in the State of Georgia’s logo.  Due to this trend,…
overtime law

The Curtain is Rising on the New Overtime Rules

By: Aimee Pickett Sanders

Changes to the Overtime Rules are Here On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor announced the Final Rule defining and delimiting the changes in overtime exemption for Part 541 ("white collar workers").¹  The new regulations significantly impact white collar overtime rules by more than doubling the salary threshold that…
Emergency-Room-DEH-for-web

Interpretation of Georgia’s ER Statute

By: David E. Hudson

In a decision in November 2015, the Georgia Supreme Court has provided for a greater understanding of Georgia’s Emergency Room statute, O.C.G.A § 51-1-29.5.  That statute provides tort immunity arising out of emergency medical care unless the physician or other health care provider is shown by clear and convincing evidence…
Hull Barrett, Ivey Residential, and The Augusta Chronicle are partnering to raise 55,000 pounds of food for Golden Harvest Food Bank and to bring awareness to the food insecurity and hunger statistics. 3 companies, working together, have a real shot at making a difference. From April…

Partnership to Raise Food, Funds, and Awareness

By: Hull Barrett

Hull Barrett, Ivey Residential, and The Augusta Chronicle are teaming up to participate in Legal Food Frenzy. A company that is doing business in the community should also SERVE the community.  Hull Barrett realizes a mere monetary donation from the firm is not enough to make a real dent in…
form contract

So You Are Presented with a Form Contract?

By: David E. Hudson

What About It? When you or your company is presented with a form contract prepared by the other side in a transaction, red flags should go up. This is because the other side in the transaction has had its lawyers draft the form contract in order to maximize the interest…
open records

Open Records Noncompliance by Board of Regents

By: David E. Hudson

Schick v. Board of Regents, 334 Ga. App. 425 (Nov. 12, 2015) Starting in 2012, the editor of the Georgia Perimeter College student newspaper commenced open records requests for documents concerning a $25 million budget shortfall at the College and personnel layoffs. The request for document by Schick was expansive and…
Salary-Threshold-Increase

Doubling Down on Overtime Exemption

By: Aimee Pickett Sanders

Current Overtime Law The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that covered, nonexempt employees in the United States be paid at least the Federal minimum wage for each hour worked and receive overtime pay at one and one-half times the employee's regular rate of pay for all hours worked over…
Tax-Planning-For-Web-2

6 Smart Things To Do Before Year-End

By: Guest Writer

The end of 2015 is only a month and a half away.  Gene McManus of AP Wealth Management, LLC put together a list of 6 must do things to do before year-end for optimal tax planning purposes. 1. Harvest year-end investment losses. Determine positions in taxable investment accounts that have…
Meet-Jim-Ouellette

Meet Jim Ouellette

By: Hull Barrett

Jim Ouellette is Hull Barrett’s newest associate. Jim graduated from Notre Dame Law School and served as an Officer in the U.S. Navy for 21 years. After retirement from the JAG Corps as a Navy Commander, Jim joined Hull Barrett. Hull Barrett posted his professional bio here but also wanted…
Tax Strategy

Tax Strategies Beyond Year End Giving

By: William H. Tucker

In the first part of this series, we discussed year-end charitable giving and tax strategies that can accomplish both clients’ charitable goals and provide some significant tax benefits.  The focus of that article was immediate gifts given and received that provide current support to charitable organizations. But what if clients…