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We add content to PLI PLUS every month to ensure our subscribers have access to the most up-to-date and relevant secondary source legal documents. Renowned legal experts regularly update our acclaimed Treatises/Practice Guides, Course Handbooks, Answer Books, Transcripts, and Forms to reflect recent changes and developments in the law.

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Treatise Update: Fragomen on Immigration Fundamentals: A Guide to Law and Practice (Fifth Edition)

Fragomen on Immigration Fundamentals: A Guide to Law and Practice provides in-depth coverage of the rules, policies, and procedures related to key facets of immigration law in the United States. This includes employment-based and family-based immigration, other avenues for permanent residence, temporary (“nonimmigrant”) admissions for business, study, work, and other purposes, naturalization of foreign-born persons and acquisition of citizenship at birth, refugee and asylum law and other humanitarian protections under U.S. law, the denial of admission and removal of foreign nationals on security- and criminal-related grounds (and other statutory grounds), and the administrative and judicial review of unfavorable immigration determinations.

The new release includes updates to the following chapters:

  • Chapter 2 covers the new procedures pertaining to permanent labor certifications (PERM) that went into effect on June 1, 2023.
  • Chapter 5 discusses the new organizational account system for H-1B filings, under which multiple individuals within an organization and their immigration counsel can collaborate on and prepare registrations and petition filings.
  • Chapter 6 explains the USCIS guidance issued in September 2023 which establishes that asylum applicants must bring an interpreter to their interview if they are not fluent in English or wish to proceed with their interview in a language other than English.
  • Chapter 7 discusses a Texas law, S.B. 4, set to take effect in March 2024, which would create state offenses related to unlawful entry and unlawful presence which would allow Texas to arrest migrants suspected of crossing the Texas-Mexico border without authorization. In February 2024, a federal district court issued a preliminary injunction placing the law on temporary hold.

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Treatise Update: Substantial Similarity in Copyright Law

Substantial Similarity in Copyright Law focuses on the pivotal subject of substantial similarity and helps plaintiff and defense attorneys evaluate and advocate copyright infringement claims. The book illustrates how substantial similarity tests apply to specific kinds of copyrightable material—from fiction to computer programs, and from sound recordings to architectural works­. Practitioners will learn how courts address substantial similarity at each stage of litigation from motion practice to trial, and when they can leverage expert witnesses to strengthen their claims or discredit their adversary.

Highlights from the new release include updates to the following chapters:

  • Chapter 2 discusses unprotectable material and “thin copyright”.
  • Chapter 3 provides updated discussion of the Ninth Circuit’s substantial similarity test and  when dismissal on grounds of substantial similarity is appropriate.
  • Chapter 9 examines Gray v. Hudson, where the Ninth Circuit affirmed that an eight-note ostinato was not copyrightable.
  • Chapter 13 covers Structured Asset Sales, LLC v. Sheeran, the first case that expressly rejects an infringement claim based on a combination of individually unprotectable elements on grounds of numerosity.

The release provides new illustrations of the matters in issue in these cases:

  • Cub Club Inv. v. Apple Inc. (racially diverse emojis) (see new Appendix A.1.T)
  • Morford v. Cattelan (banana duct-taped to a wall) (see new Appendix A.2.L)
  • teamLab Inc. v. Museum of Dream Space, LLC (interactive, digital, audiovisual museum displays designed to immerse visitors in the vastness of the universe) (see new Appendix A.2.M)
  • ACT, Inc. v. Worldwide Interactive Network, Inc. (description of skills to be learned) (see new Appendix A.3.H)
  • Hanagami v. Epic Games Inc. (choreography) (see new Appendix A.3.I)
  • Unicolors, Inc. v. H&M Hennes & Mauritz, L.P. (sweater) (see new Appendix A.9.W)
  • Advanta-STAR Auto. Research Corp. of Am. v. DealerCMO, Inc. (automobile comparison database) (see new Appendix A.9.X)
  • Klauber Bros., Inc. v. M.J.C.L.K., LLC (fabric designs) (see new Appendix A.9.Y)
  • Hayden v. Koons (serpent platform sculpture) (see new Appendix A.11.U)

In addition, the Table of Cases, the Defendant-Plaintiff Table, and the Index have been updated.

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Checklist of Cyber Legal Preparedness

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Treatise Update: Friedman on Leases (6th Edition)

Friedman on Leases clarifies and analyzes the full range of lease provisions and conceivable landlord-tenant situations to give you unsurpassed practical instruction on how to negotiate and draft airtight agreements that protect your clients’ rights and minimize their liability exposure.

Packed with numerous case decisions with commentary and valuable sample lease clauses and agreements, practitioners will be able to draft, negotiate, and amend every essential document involved in commercial leasing, modify lease provisions for the full variety of landlord-tenant arrangements, anticipate and resolve problematic transaction developments, avoid drafting errors,  deal with difficult issues specific to assignments, subletting, renewals, take-over leases, percentage leases, and other challenging aspects of commercial leasing.

The new release includes the following updates:

  • Chapter 2 discusses Florida’s recently enacted legislation that restricts non-citizens who are domiciled either in China or other specified “countries of interest” from purchasing or acquiring any interest in real property in the state.
  • Chapter 3 dives into express parking rights, including the latest case development.
  • Chapter 4 provides an updated discussion on the possible right of bankruptcy trustee to terminate tenant’s lease rights, including the latest case developments.
  • Chapter 5 covers tenant’s obligation to pay associated interest, penalties, and costs imposed due to tenant’s non-payment of real estate taxes, and includes a clause making clear tenant’s liability for such obligations.
  • Chapter 6 provides commentary on implied duties of continuous operation.

The Table of Cases and Index have also been updated.

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Treatise Update: Hillman on Commercial Loan Documentation (6th Edition)

Hillman on Commercial Loan Documentation offers practical guidance on how to document transactions in ways that secure lenders’ interests, minimize their risks, and protect them from liability. Packed with time-saving sample forms and sample drafting language, this book allows you to craft more quickly and confidently the full range of relevant documents, including loan agreements, security agreements, financing statements, pledges, guaranties, and opinion letters. This book also illustrates how to create loan closing checklists that ensure every key step is taken to get solid deals done and how to draft agreements that protect lenders from environmental risks, resolve conflicts with creditors, and allow lenders to capitalize on lucrative financing opportunities.

The new release includes the following updates:

  • Revised § 20:2.1, Evidence of Property Insurance, explains that an ordinary “loss payee” clause may not protect the lender against the borrower’s arson, insurance fraud, or negligence.
  • Revised § 24:2.1, The Debtor Changes Its Name, explains that under the federal REAL ID regulations, an individual’s driver’s license must include the debtor’s full middle name, not just a middle initial, possibly making a filing “seriously misleading.”
  • New § 24:9, Changes in the Means of Perfection, examines the 2022 Code amendments adding control to the perfection techniques for controllable electronic records, controllable accounts, controllable payment intangibles, and electronic money.

The following forms have also been updated:

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What’s New on PLI PLUS?

We add content to PLI PLUS every month to ensure our subscribers have access to the most up-to-date and relevant secondary source legal documents. Renowned legal experts regularly update our acclaimed Treatises/Practice Guides, Course Handbooks, Answer Books, Transcripts, and Forms to reflect recent changes and developments in the law.

Click here to see what we added in June 2024!

Treatise Update: Kane on Trademark: A Practitioner’s Guide (Seventh Edition)

Kane on Trademark is a comprehensive resource on trademark law and tactics.  It includes lists of cases on both sides of all major trademark issues, full-color illustrations of previously litigated marks, sample forms, and step-by-step checklists. This book provides court-tested practical suggestions, including how to spot potential conflicts and save searching time and expense with effective shortcuts, overcome common descriptiveness rejections, update or amend registrations based on changes in the mark and prepare witnesses for depositions.

The new release includes updates to the following chapters:

  • Chapter 2 reviews a case from the First Circuit in which the green, white, and pink color scheme of candy was deemed functional by helping to identify the watermelon flavor of the candy.
  • Chapter 10 includes a case from the Eleventh Circuit on Article III standing in the context of false advertising. This chapter also explains the pitfalls in failing to review the relevant circuit precedent regarding presumptions in the context of false advertising claims.
  • Chapter 11 discusses federal (INFORM act) and state law related to content moderation on social media designed to deter the sale of, among other things, counterfeit merchandise. The state laws are facing First Amendment challenges.
  • Chapter 12 covers post-Jack Daniel’s decisions, including the key Ninth Circuit decision in Punchbowl, Inc. v. AJ Press, LLC, which scales back application of Rogers when an expressive mark is used as a mark. It also reviews recent developments and arguments about the right to repair.

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