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Sharon Wilcox Elected to the 2013-14 Officers of NALS

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates legal assistant Sharon Wilcox on her nomination to two elected positions for NALS, the Association of Legal Professionals, Nashville Chapter. Sharon was elected as the recording secretary and governor during the group’s annual membership meeting on Tuesday. Sharon joined the Bonelaw team in August 2011.

Congratulations on this great achievement, Sharon!

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Nashville Film Festival Begins -- Good Time to Consider Legal Issues in Film

Get ready for some great films, Nashville.  Running continuously since 1969, this year's Nashville Film Festival is slated for April 18-25, 2013.  This year's Festival will also celebrate Kurdish Films, presented in part by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

This is also a great time to consider legal issues in film.  For film-makers, these range from obtaining clearance to use music in films to protecting your script and your work through copyright, both pre-publication and after the movie has been shown to the public; from protecting the name of your film and merchandise through trademark to obtaining permission to model characters after actual people (the "right of publicity"); and from drafting contracts to obtain financing to negotiating distribution deals.  When these issues aren't dealt with on the front end, confusion ensues, feelings get hurt, and lawsuits get filed.

For some good free resources, check out the websites of Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville and FilmNashville.  For more tailored advice, talk with your attorney or one who focuses on entertainment legal issues.

Stop by this year's Film Festival for not only a movie but also one of the panels that explore some of these specific legal issues.  Get your tickets here.

 

Mike Norton’s Postage Stamp Collages on Display at Appalachian Center for Craft

Bone McAllester Norton president and attorney C. Michael Norton has a talent outside of practicing law: creating colorful collages from postage stamps. More than 10 of his collages are now on display at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tenn. A collector of stamps, Norton is able to utilize every color of the rainbow in the collages, which have a variety of designs and patterns. The exhibit will be on display May 28 – July 16, 2013.

For more information about the exhibit, click here.

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters.  Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Peg Leg Porker Slated for End of Month Opening in The Gulch

Bone McAllester Norton client Carey Bringle, a local pitmaster, will open a new barbecue restaurant on Gleaves Street, just off The Gulch, in late April. Bringle, known for appearances on Chopped Grill Masters and BBQ Pitmasters, as well as having the second best barbecue sauce in the country by Bon Appetit magazine, says Peg Leg Porker will focus on the barbecue items native to Tennessee. The menu will also feature beer and liquor. A 25-foot barbecue pit will sit on the restaurant’s outdoor patio.

For more, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

James Crumlin to Discuss Board Service and Fundraising in the "New Normal"

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James A. Crumlin will serve on a panel discussion regarding board service at the Center for Nonprofit Management’s Bridge to Excellence conference on Thursday, May 16 at Belmont University. The session, titled “Rethinking Board Service: Fundraising in the New Normal,” will feature examples of what makes board service successful in fundraising and in servicing the nonprofit organization and the community.

For more information on the conference, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters.  Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

James Crumlin Discusses How to Keep Employees’ Smartphone Use Out of Legal Jeopardy

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James A. Crumlin recently spoke with Visage Mobile on the relationship employers have with their employees’ smartphones. Because of the rise in court cases involving companies being sued when employees misbehave on mobile devices, attention on the topic is hot. As James explains, “. . .it might be your [the employee’s] device, but there is company information that is going to it and, because of that, the company is entitled to look at the device.”

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Paul Kruse Article about Google AdWords Published in Intellectual Property Journal

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Paul W. Kruse researched and co-wrote an article that has been published in a leading intellectual property journal. “Is Profiting from the Online Use of Another’s Property Unjust? The Use of Brand Names as Paid Search Keywords” appears in IDEA: The IP Law Review, Vol. 52, p. 131, 2013. The article sets out to answer whether Google’s profiting from the use of others’ brand in its AdWords program is unjust. Paul's co-authors were Daniel Gervais, PhD, FedEx research professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School; Martin L. Holmes, attorney with Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein L.L.P.; Glenn Purdue, managing member of Kraft Analytics, L.L.C; and Caprice L. Roberts, professor of law at Savannah Law School.

Congratulations on this great accomplishment, Paul!

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Bone McAllester Norton to Partner with Habitat for Humanity on Home Build

Bone McAllester Norton will be a partner with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville on a home build in the Park Preserve neighborhood of north Nashville later this month. Construction on the home began in late March and will conclude with the help of the firm’s attorneys and staff members on April 21, 2013. The firm is teaming up with Capital Bank, N.A., a longtime and respected client, on the build for Shatika Johnson-Scott, a widowed mother of six children.

“Our firm and all of our attorneys and staff members take great pride in using their passions to promote and execute change,” said Sam J. McAllester III, vice president and member of Bone McAllester Norton who also serves on the advisory board and finance committee for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville. “We are excited to partner with our friends at Capital Bank to provide not just a quality, affordable home but a better life of hope and opportunity to a deserving family in our community.”

Bone McAllester Norton supports a wide range of community programs and activities and strives to make our culture synonymous with good works for clients and the community. Giving back has always been a key part of what the firm does, so joining together with Habitat to provide a life-changing opportunity for others was something that made perfect sense, McAllester noted.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville is an ecumenical Christian ministry that provides the life-changing opportunity for people to purchase and own quality, affordable homes. Since it was established in 1985, Habitat of Greater Nashville has built or recycled more than 850 homes, over 600 locally, and served more than 2,000 family members including 1,325 children.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters.  Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Special Fraud Alert on Physician-Owned Distributorships

On March 24, 2013, the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a Special Fraud Alert addressing its concern about the proliferation of physician-owned distributorships (PODS). PODs are physician-owned entities that derive revenue from selling, or arranging for the sale of, implantable medical devices ordered by their physician-owners for use in procedures the physician-owners perform on their own patients at hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs). During the last several years, there has been a lot of discussion in the healthcare community about whether or not PODs violate the Anti-Kickback Statue, but until now, there has been little guidance from either CMS or the OIG.

In the Special Fraud Alert, the OIG reiterates its longstanding position that “the opportunity for a referring physician to earn a profit, including through an investment in an entity for which he or she generates business, could constitute illegal remuneration under the anti-kickback statute.” In addition, the OIG concludes that PODs are “inherently suspect under the anti-kickback statute.” The Special Fraud Alert provides a list of characteristics making any POD suspect which leaves open the possibility that a POD without any of the listed characteristics would not violate Anti-Kickback Statute.

The listed characteristics are all familiar red flags which have been cited many times by the OIG as indicative of a potentially abusive physician investment or arrangement. Although the OIG does not go so far as to make PODs a per se violation of the Anti-Kickback statute, the language of the Special Fraud Alert is strong. The OIG restates its longstanding guidance “that the opportunity for a referring physician to earn a profit, including through an investment in an entity for which he or she generates business, could constitute illegal remuneration under the Anti-Kickback Statute. The Anti-Kickback Statute is violated if even one purpose of the remuneration is to induce such referrals.”

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Second Wind Coffee Bar to Open in SoBro This Summer

Bone McAllester Norton client Luke McKee will open a new coffee bar in Nashville's Encore condominium tower in June. Second Wind Coffee Bar will feature artisanal coffee, teas and espressos as well as baked goods and hot paninis during the day; at night, the bar will serve local beers and wines by the glass. It will be located in the front space of the high-rise.

For more, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Larry Bridgesmith Quoted on Law.com about the Role Technology Can Play in the Future of Law Firms

Bone McAllester Norton’s Larry W. Bridgesmith served on a panel discussion with Fordham University School of Law this week—an event that drew nearly 50 attorneys and students. The panelists, Daniel Martin Katz, assistant professor of law at Michigan State University; Silvia Hodge, director of research services and legal analytics at TyMetrix and a Fordham adjunct professor; and Bridgesmith, discussed the importance of law firms using technology to reduce costs.

Bridgesmith said, “200 corporations buy 80 percent of legal services, and 90 percent of the population cannot afford legal services.”

Law.com included a detailed account of this discussion, posted here.

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters.   Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

 

Arnold Myint’s blvd. Gets Style Blueprint Review

Bone McAllester Norton client Arnold Myint recently opened his new Belmont Boulevard restaurant, blvd., and since, he has been getting rave reviews about the bistro and bar. Food writer Kay West reviewed blvd. in a Style Blueprint post.

For more, click here.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Stephen Zralek Quoted in the Tennessean on Importance of Protecting Foreign-Born Citizens from Discrimination in Election Policies

Today, the Davidson County Election Commission voted to rescind a decision to review the citizenship status of newly registered voters born outside the country, noting that doing so would violate the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen J. Zralek serves as a member of the steering committee of Nashville for All of Us and said, “We agree that only U.S. citizens should vote, but this proposal was an insult to U.S. citizens who weren’t born here.”

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters.   Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

District Court Rejects Physician’s Whistleblower Suit Against Hospital

By Anne Sumpter Arney

It will be no surprise to the healthcare community that the relationship between doctors and hospitals is not always a friendly one. Nonetheless, physicians and hospitals seldom seek to resolve their disputes in the court room. This reluctance of physicians to resort to litigation to resolve their disputes is one of the things that makes a recent Tennessee case brought by a physician against University Medical Center (UMC) in Lebanon, Tennessee particularly interesting. In United States ex rel. Dennis v. Health Management Assocs., Inc., a physician on the hospital’s medical staff brought a qui tam, or whistle blower, suit against UMC, claiming that the hospital had violated the False Claims Act.   A qui tam lawsuit is not simply a claim by an individual who believes a contract has been breached or that rights have been damaged but is, rather, a claim that a federal law has been violated.  The individual who brings a qui tam lawsuit seeks to have the Office of Inspector General (or another governmental agency) join in the whistle blower’s suit and pursue damages on behalf of the government. If the government intervenes, the individual who brought the qui tam, in this case the physician, is entitled to receive a portion of the damages recovered by the enforcement action.  The recovery in qui tam actions can be substantial, and these cases are often brought by former employees of a healthcare provider but not usually physicians.

In this case, the physician claimed UMC had submitted claims to government insurers, such as Medicare, for services that had been provided in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law. The Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law generally prohibit the payment for referrals of patients if the services are paid for by a government insurance program such as Medicare. Most hospitals carefully structure their recruitment arrangements to fall within an exception and not violate these laws. UMC appears to have had a typical recruiting agreement in which a hospital recruits a physician to an underserved area by underwriting a portion of their salary and expenses during the first years of practice. As is standard in most recruiting agreements, UMC required, among other things, that the recruited physician become a member of its medical staff.

In the lawsuit, the physician claimed, in part, that UMC’s recruiting agreements were a way for the hospital to pay the physician for referral because they required a recruited physician to maintain active staff membership at the hospital.  Further, as is also usual at most hospitals, in order to maintain his position on the medical staff, the physician was required to admit a certain number of patients to the hospital.

The physician’s claim against UMC was not successful, and on January 14, 2013, the District Court dismissed the suit with prejudice, finding that the claim did not give specific facts to find a False Claims Act violation. In rejecting the physician’s complaint, the District Court said “the only arena in which the relator (the physician) offers allegations of any specificity whatsoever, concern his own recruitment agreement with UMC.”   The Court recognized that the requirements of the recruitment arrangement at issue were not only standard practice but also specifically allowed under the law. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has determined that in the context of recruitment a hospital may require, as a condition for receiving benefits, that the practitioner maintain staff privileges at the recruiting hospital. It is also a common practice for hospitals to classify their medical staff based in part on the number of admissions to the hospital per year.

The District Court’s conclusion is not as surprising. It is surprising that the qui tam lawsuit was brought by the physician and that the physician himself was party to the same recruiting agreement with UMC that was the basis for his lawsuit.  If the UMC recruitment agreement had been found to be a violation of the law, as a party to the recruitment agreement, the physician would himself have been guilty of violating the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters.   Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

New HIPPA Rule Requires Changes to Privacy Practices

By Anne Sumpter Arney

Since 2002, HIPAA has required physician’s offices as well as other healthcare providers to provide their patients with a Notice of Privacy Practices.  These notices are now familiar to everyone who is part of the healthcare industry, including patients.  Although they may differ slightly, they are substantially the same because the form and content is primarily dictated by the Privacy Rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

On January 17 of this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the new final rules under HIPAA, which strengthen its privacy and security protections. This new final rule changed several aspects of the privacy and security rules in ways that will directly affect physicians, including modifying what must be included in your Notice of Privacy Practices. In addition to the information already required, a provider’s Notice of Privacy Practices must now include the following additional statements and information:

  • If a provider plans to use or disclose protected health information for fundraising, a statement that the provider may contact them to raise funds and that the individual has the right to opt out of receiving these fundraising communications.

  • If the provider maintains “psychotherapy notes,” a statement that the psychotherapy notes will only be used and disclosed with the individual’s authorization.

  • A statement that the patient has the right to restrict the disclosure of information to their insurer if they are paying out of pocket, in full for the care.

  • A statement that the sale of protected health information without the express written authorization of the individual is prohibited, as well as the other uses and disclosures for which the rule expressly requires the individual's authorization (i.e., marketing and disclosure of psychotherapy notes, as appropriate).

  • A statement that the covered entity has a duty to notify affected individuals of a breach of unsecured protected health information.


The other changes required by the new final rule will be addressed in future issues of the Physicians’ Legal Update.  A covered entity has until September 23, 2013 to update their Notice of Privacy Practices and to comply with the other requirements of the new rule.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters.   Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

 

The Black Abbey Brewing Company Selects South Nashville Space as Plans for Production Begin

The Black Abbey Brewing Company, a Nashville-based craft brewer specializing in Belgian-inspired ales, has selected an 11,000 square-foot facility off Sidco Drive in South Nashville as its home, which will include brewing equipment, a tasting room and retail outlet. Construction is expected to begin this week, with hopes of production beginning by September. The Bone McAllester Norton client uses the tagline “Created. Not Made.”

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

David Anthony to Lead Creditor Rights 101 Webcast for Tennessee Bar Association

Bone McAllester Norton’s David Anthony will teach a CLE webcast for the Tennessee Bar Association. The course, “Creditor Rights 101: 10 Collection Strategies Every Lawyer Should Know,” will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, and will cover essential collection concepts under Tennessee creditor rights laws. The discussion will include:

  • Pre-lawsuit considerations

  • Statute of limitations issues

  • Jurisdiction and venue selection

  • Judgment enforcement options

  • Basic bankruptcy issues

  • Common roadblocks to collecting money


This webcast will count for one hour of CLE. For more and to register, click here.

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Copyright Termination Update with Stephanie Taylor

Bone McAllester Norton’s Stephanie Taylor will serve as a panelist at the Music Startup Academy’s Entertainment & Technology Law Conference at Belmont University in Nashville. The panelists will give an update on copyright termination. Serving alongside Stephanie will be Charlie Sanders from Songwriters Guild of America and Christian Horsnell from Milom Horsnell Crowe Rose Kelley PLC, moderated by Duff Berschbeck from Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

This conference is in conjunction with Belmont University, The Copyright Forum, the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) and digitalmusic.org.

Friday, April 5, 2013

1:30 – 6 p.m.

Belmont University

1900 Belmont Blvd.

Nashville, TN 27212

Click here to register

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters.   Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Stacey Garrett Chosen among 2013 Most Powerful Women

Congratulations to our own Stacey A. Garrett, who has been chosen as one of the Nashville Post’s Most Powerful Women in 2013. She will be honored at a luncheon and panel discussion on Wednesday, May 15 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

We are proud of you and your accomplishments, Stacey!

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

All is Fair (Use) in Love and Copyright with Stephen Zralek

Bone McAllester Norton’s Stephen Zralek will speak at the March 20th meeting of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville on All is Fair (Use) in Love and Copyright. In his presentation, Stephen will look at several close cases and let attendees judge for themselves as to whether the infringement should be permitted under Fair Use defense. The presentation is interactive, comparing side-by-side examples of original works with later works where the original author claims infringement. Examples include a comparison of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind and The Wind Done Gone by Nashville author Alice Randall; a comparison of the original Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” song and 2 Live Crew’s version of it; and a comparison of more recent works created by contemporary photographer Patrick Cariou and appropriation artist Richard Prince. The presentation will explore recent decisions from within the Sixth Circuit and around the country, examining the four factors that courts examine when determining fair use.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Noon – 1:15 p.m.

Back 40 at Emma

9 Lea Avenue

Nashville, TN 37210

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.