If you speak multiple languages you're probably familiar with the expression 'if you don't use it, you'll lose it.' My lack of Spanish speaking skills despite early immersion is a testament to that expression's truth. For owners of trademarks, the adage also holds true. A trademark that not is not in continuous use by its owner can be considered abandoned, and no longer given protection by the law.
In any case, jurisdictional issues can make or break a claim. Whether you're bringing a claim as an individual, or on behalf of your business, it is important to understand just how personal jurisdiction may shape your claims. We've discussed these issues briefly in the past, but last month the United States Supreme Court issued a decision we think illustrates just how nuanced and critical personal jurisdiction issues can be.
When workers' compensation claims turn into contentious litigation, sometimes the attorneys' fees can end up outweighing the total claim amount. Though this might cause you to wonder, what's the point of the fight, the fact is many workers' compensation statutes allow for successful claimants to recover reasonable attorneys fees incurred in engaging in litigation. Unless the court thoroughly explains why it feels the amount is unreasonable, it should not reduce the award amount.