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Recent News and Events

Fredrikson & Byron strives to provide clients current business developments and legal updates. See the list below for our most recent updates and events.

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Benefit Plans: 2013 COLAs

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2013 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for retirement plans. Most of the limits related to retirement plans are increased.

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LOUISIANA MAN FREED AFTER 15 YEARS ON DEATH ROW: Fredrikson & Byron Pro Bono Team Helps Gain His Freedom

For more than 25 years, Fredrikson & Byron has been representing men on death row in Louisiana. Shortly after its first death row client was executed in 1999, the firm stepped up to take the case of Damon Thibodeaux and more recently, the case of Michael Wearry, both of whom claim innocence of the crimes for which they were convicted and sentenced to death.

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MISO Queue Reform Update

On March 30, 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the Commission) issued an order conditionally accepting the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator’s Tariff revisions in Docket No. ER12-309, effective January 1, 2012. MISO proposed the revisions to help further its policy of “first ready first served.” MISO believes that the Tariff changes, which modify its generator interconnection procedures (GIP), will help clear the backlog of projects in the queue and better enable projects that are ready to move forward to do so.

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Living Under the H-1B Cap – Alternative Visa Options and Strategies for Employing Foreign Nationals in the U.S. 

The H-1B visa is commonly known as the “workhorse” of U.S. work visas as U.S. companies rely on it more than any other visa to employ foreign workers in the U.S. The H-1B visa is available to employers who want to hire a professional foreign national worker with at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (or its equivalent in work experience) for a job which requires a degree in that field (also known as a specialty occupation) and the employer can demonstrate that it will be paying at least the prevailing wage to the foreign employee.

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Doing Business in Brazil

Everyone who has followed events in Brazil over the years has heard year after year that the country was on the verge of emerging as an international economic powerhouse. While it took a while for Brazil to finally emerge, it is certainly the case today that it has arrived, and U.S. manufacturers looking for new markets can no longer have serious aspirations in Latin America without having a Brazil strategy. Why is Brazil so important to U.S. businesses looking for markets for their products? Look at its current standing in the world:

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America Invents Act

The most significant revamping of United States patent law in the last 50 years was enacted on September 16, 2011, with President Obama’s signature of the America Invents Act. The Act, which will be implemented over the next 18 months, changes the procedures for obtaining new patents and provides new tools for challenging existing patents. Small businesses need to understand the changing patent laws to adequately manage their intellectual property rights and liabilities. Some of the most important changes to the patent laws are examined below.

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Benefit Plans: 2012 COLAs

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2012 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for retirement plans. Most of the limits related to retirement plans are increased.

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Fredrikson & Byron to Receive National Pro Bono Award for Death Row Defense Work

The American Bar Association (ABA) Death Penalty Representation Project (DPRP) recently announced that Fredrikson & Byron is one of three law firms nationally that will be awarded its annual Exceptional Service Award at the Project’s 25th anniversary dinner in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

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Fredrikson & Byron Ranked as a Top U.S. Trademark Firm in 2010

Fredrikson & Byron was recently ranked 33rd by Corporation Service Company (CSC) and World Trademark Review in its Top 100 list of U.S. trademark services firms for 2010. The report, appearing in the August/September issue of World Trademark Review, was prepared using public trademark filings data from the United States Patent and Trademark Office and reviewed by CSC’s seasoned team of trademark professionals. Go to CSC’s web site to view the results. This is the sixth straight year in which Fredrikson & Byron has been ranked among the top 100 U.S. trademark firms in the annual report.

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NLRB Poster on Employee Rights Now Available for Download

As we reported previously in our September FredNEWS, effective November 14, 2011 most employers will be required to post a Notice advising employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

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