The attorneys at Morningstar Law Group are leaders who are frequently asked to share their legal insights and expertise. Here is a sampling of the wisdom our attorneys are sharing at industry conferences, in published articles, and at continuing legal education events.
Understanding Book Publishing Agreements: Territory
July 2, 2021
What Are Martians Reading This Season? Does your publisher sell books on Mars or license rights on Venus? If not, then “throughout the universe,” which we see from time to time as the defined territory in publishing agreements, is not appropriate. Perhaps the publisher simply does not want to risk being left without a toehold […]
How Long Should a Book Publishing Agreement Endure?
June 23, 2021
This is the 2nd article in a series intended to introduce readers to publishing agreements. Click HERE for Mitch’s 1st installment. Authors don’t live to see their copyrights expire. By law those rights endure 70 years postmortem and frequently pass unheralded through their owners’ estates to uninformed or indifferent heirs. Yet every day publishers negotiate […]
New to Publishing Agreements? What You Need to Know.
June 18, 2021
In a world before self-publishing—and still today—authors with the ability to write but not the wherewithal to print and sell books in commercial quantities engaged publishers to do so. Publishers in turn undertook to manufacture and distribute books—and maybe sublicense rights to create derivative works—looking to the resulting revenues to compensate themselves for their risks […]
Employment Law Alert: ARPA Requires Employers to Pay 100% of COBRA for Certain Employees
April 2, 2021
As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”), signed into law on March 11, 2021, beginning April 1, 2021 employers will be required to pay 100% of the COBRA continuation premium for group health plan coverage for certain employees and their qualified beneficiaries for up to six (6) months. Who Qualifies for The COBRA […]
John Kivus Creates Force Majeure Clause & Contract Amendment Template for ShootProof
March 30, 2021
ShootProof is an online company whose the mission is “to be the global leader in software, e-commerce, education, and productivity solutions that empower every photographer to create, grow, and manage the business of their dreams.” One of the resources provided by the company is a contract tool that delivers lawyer-drafted templates. In response to the pandemic, […]
Morningstar Law Group's Richard Caira Contributes to Financial Times Article on Data Regulation
March 11, 2021
Richard Caira, a partner in our firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice group, was recently interviewed by Financial Times for their article on the increasing demand for legal services, both advisory and litigation, brought about by the growing regulations on data privacy. Richard was well positioned to contribute having over 20 years of experience advising […]
Morningstar Law Group's Mack Paul Looks at 2021
March 11, 2021
Mack Paul, a partner in our firm’s Real Estate and Land Use practice group, joined two other local business leaders in an interview with Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) regarding their business outlook for 2021. Asked “Based on the information you have now, how do you see your company performing in 2021? What do you think […]
PPP Program Alert: New Paycheck Protection Program Guidelines Permit Escrow Option to Close M&A Transactions Without Prior SBA Approval
October 26, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies with Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans that are considering mergers, acquisitions, or sales of their businesses have been working with lenders and advisors to best structure “change of ownership” transactions to comply with restrictions on these loans. Unfortunately, very little guidance has been available until now regarding how to […]
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert: Employers Need to Evaluate Risks Associated with Employee Social Security Payroll Tax Deferral
September 4, 2020
As you may have heard, President Trump issued an executive order a few weeks ago allowing employers to defer (delay) certain payroll tax withholdings that would otherwise be due on wages paid in September – December 2020 pay periods (a link to the Order is below). It is important to understand that this is a […]
Why Would a Writer Need an Attorney?
July 24, 2020
The answer to this question and more was shared by attorney Mitch Tuchman at the recent virtual event hosted by the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Sharing his expansive knowledge and deep experience in publishing and copyright law, Mitch has spoken to this group on numerous occassions. Well-received, the organizers of the event shared “Our writers clearly […]