We are proud to say that we have performed a whopping 130 hours of FREE legal work on behalf of our pro bono clients since last year. That’s over double the recommended yearly amount by the State of Maryland! Adding up the fees and costs, that’s over $45,000 of legal help given away for free to those in need!
Epic went ahead and sued a man by the name of Thomas Hannah for breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, and civil conspiracy. They are seeking injunctive relief, compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorney’s fees. Thomas Hannah was a contractor that provided QA (Quality Assurance) services for Epic by playing unreleased builds of the game and reporting back about various bugs and data. Thomas Hannah also signed an NDA (Nondisclosure Agreement) agreeing not to reveal any confidential information he would receive as a part of his QA services. However, Hannah allegedly breached the NDA by leaking spoilers to another man (Adam DiMarco) who then posted the spoilers and leaked the future of Fortnite on Reddit for upcoming seasons.
Perhaps the government will continue blocking this settlement, but to what end? They can try, but it's unreasonable to think they'll be able to block every site, message board, or user uploading the blueprints. I can't imagine them cracking down in any way that would really be effective. Internet sharing moves at such a rapid pace that it would be a near impossible task. A bigger concern is if they moved to ban or restrict 3D printers. They provide so much good for the world and it would be a shame for them to meet their death because someone used the technology in a destructive way. From replacement body parts to building shelters after a natural disaster, 3D printing is a marvelous thing.
MGM points to the SAFETY Act*, which stands for Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002. The SAFETY Act was put in place shortly after 9/11 and allows for companies who provide services to help prevent and respond to situations like the mass shooting to apply for certification by the Department of Homeland Security. Certification allows the company to be immune from liability claims in federal court. MGM hired Contemporary Services Corporation, a company whose services have been certified by the Department of Homeland Security under the SAFETY Act. MGM believes that because they paid for these certified services, they should be immune to civil liability claims as well.
The 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act just saved consumers a ton of headaches in 2018 and the future. Next time one of your devices breaks and you have to send it in, don't worry about those stickers they always tell you not to peel off. A few months ago, the FTC sent out warnings to some companies that were violating the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act by requiring buyers of their products (who wanted to use the warranty) to do things like keep their warranty stickers on or not use their devices with third party accessories. They were given a deadline to change their policies or face "law enforcement action." The deadline is up.
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This is the final guest blog post from Dr. Dave as a part of Wisdom Wednesdays (for now). Although Wisdom Wednesdays is taking time off for the summer, SAV Law Firm Blog may still post occasional updates of pieces throughout the summer so keep checking back or subscribe to our mailing list to stay in the know.
Welcome back to Wisdom Wednesdays at SAV Law Firm Blog! Continuing the trend of easy to swallow information, guest blogging, and appealing to engineers with an interest in law, we have a glossary of terms that are important must-knows for any engineer. Regardless of whether you are going through an encounter with the law, these terms will help you understand the documents you and your team are signing when taking on a project. We wanted to post these early on during the life of our blog so that these terms could be referenced in future works without being worried that a reader may not know the meaning. We hope that you enjoy learning this "legal jargon" and also hope your return whenever you need to reference important terms.
Today marks the beginning of our weekly blog segment, Wisdom Wednesdays! Wisdom Wednesdays are going to be used to educate people about the law in an easy-to-approach manner. Because we are primarily a construction law and contract law firm, it would only be appropriate to start with a construction law topic: Delay Damages. Today's work is written by Dr. Kirty Dave.