Angelo Mazza Quoted in Vox Media on Covid-19 Counterfeiters

IP Partner Angelo Mazza was quoted in the Vox Media article, “Coronavirus scammers are flooding social media with fake cures and tests.” The article explores the demand for products fueled by the Covid-19 pandemic such at-home testing kits and the new risk caused by online opportunists selling counterfeit products on social media platforms, e-commerce marketplaces and the dark web.

The article highlights Angelo’s recent brief on Covid-19 counterfeits. In the article, Angelo advises on best practices for recognizing counterfeits, noting that “weird spellings and formatting of words are a strong hint that a seller isn’t authorized. The apparent typos might actually be attempts to evade screening algorithms set up by the…platform.”

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Angelo counsels clients in developing brand protection and enforcement strategies, and works extensively with law enforcement on intellectual property-related crimes. He has trained over 60,000 law enforcement officials including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations and local departments.

Robert Tracy and Maja Szumarska Discuss Dress Code Discrimination in New York Law Journal

Robert Tracy and Maja Szumarska co-authored the article “Are dress codes and grooming policies a source of potential liability for employers?” for the New York Law Journal’s Fashion Law issue published on August 26, 2019. Recently, state and local governments have passed new laws and increased enforcement of existing laws to protect employees from discrimination based on race or gender identity or expression in the workplace. In the article, they review the new guidance and discuss best practices for employers to update their dress and grooming policies and practices.

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Maja Szumarska focuses on brand protection and enforcement. She represents many prominent brands in litigation matters involving trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement claims and enforcement actions in federal court. Maja is an experienced litigator and has represented companies in various industries in commercial disputes in federal and state courts. She frequently litigates labor and employment law matters involving discrimination and harassment, retaliation, restrictive covenants and wage and hour claims.

Robert Tracy is Chair of Gibney’s Labor and Employment Group. He practices management-side labor and employment law and business litigation. Bob keeps clients informed of changing employment laws and develops strategic employment policies to avoid litigation, maintain a healthy work culture and minimize risk. He has conducted seminars on employment issues including ADA, FMLA, sexual harassment and union avoidance.

Bob Tracy Talks with Women’s Wear Daily about Workplace Antidiscrimination and Personal Expression

Labor and Employment Partner Bob Tracy was quoted in the Women’s Wear Daily article “On Staff: Fashion Works Through Braids and Identity.” The article explores steps that the New York City Commission on Human Rights has taken to identify potentially discriminatory practices involving grooming standards and dress codes.

Bob notes the importance of fashion companies reviewing their practices and policies on personal grooming standards and dress codes in light of the rent enforcement guidance from New York City applying the city’s law against racial discrimination to workplace restrictions on some hair styles and textures as well as prior enforcement guidance from New York City applying gender discrimination law to dress codes that may adhere to gender specific stereotyping.

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Bob practices management-side labor and employment law and business litigation and advises fashion companies on employment issues. Focused on proactive communication, he keeps clients informed of changing employment laws and develops strategic employment policies to avoid litigation, maintain a healthy work culture and minimize risk.

Houman Afshar Quoted in Bloomberg BNA on Trump Immigration Order

Immigration Partner Houman Afshar was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA article “How Hard Will Trump’s Immigration Order Hit Businesses?” on January 31, 2017. The article addresses how U.S. companies are responding to President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 immigration executive order which included a ban on entry for nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.  Houman noted that the “situation is very volatile, very fluid, and it seems to be changing every couple of hours” and that it’s created a challenge for corporate America. The article addresses how the travel ban is impacting U.S. business and the uncertainty at the moment with how it is being implemented.