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Updates & Events

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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Patent Prosecution Highway: Is It the Promised Expressway or Is It a Roadblock?

The IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway Program has been available to U.S. patent applicants for just over two years. It was implemented to permit cooperation between the five largest Patent Offices.

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WSJ Highlights 240 Website Accessibility Lawsuits Since 2015 – Top 4 Mistakes They Didn’t Mention

The Wall Street Journal ran a major story on November 1, 2016, describing the growing trend of lawsuits brought by a handful of plaintiff law firms representing blind individuals against hundreds of website operators including well-known names such as Foot Locker, Toys ‘R’ Us, Brooks Brothers and the NBA.

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Department of Labor’s New Rules Take Effect Very Soon

The two lawsuits filed in Texas federal court to enjoin implementation of the Department of Labor’s new salary requirements for exempt employees have not yet been decided. This means that the effective date of these new salary requirements is just around the corner. Are you ready?

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Fredrikson & Byron Represents Securian Financial Group in $142 Million Canadian Acquisition

Fredrikson & Byron acted as legal counsel to Securian Financial Group in its expansion into the Canadian market.  

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U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Ranks Fredrikson & Byron Among 2017 “Best Law Firms”

Fredrikson & Byron has been named a Tier 1 Metropolitan “Best Law Firm” in 28 practice areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®in 2017.

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Fredrikson & Byron Hires New Associates

Fredrikson & Byron announces the addition of four associates to the firm’s Minneapolis office.

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Benefit Plans: 2017 COLAs

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2017 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for retirement plans.  Some limits have increased, and some have remained the same.

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Time Off to Vote in Iowa

With the November 8 general election looming, employers should be reminded of Iowa’s voting right statute, Iowa Code § 49-109.

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Twin Cities Business Outstanding Directors Awards: Introductory Remarks by John Stout

On October 13, 2016, John Stout opened the Twin Cities Business Outstanding Directors Awards event by describing some of today’s most important governance themes.

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Attorney John Stout Elected a Fellow of the American College of Corporate Governance Counsel

Attorney John H. Stout was recently elected a Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel, an organization of leading corporate governance lawyers  including prominent general counsel and respected academics from the U.S. and Canada.

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