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Tech News Q&A

As a member of the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC), the Giordano Firm contributes a Legal Q&A column to the TechNews magazine. The Q&A covers topics across various legal areas that may be of interest to this audience. Our goal is to provide sound legal advice and effective strategies to resolve business issues. Each month, this page will include additional information relevant to the question asked in the TechNews Legal Q&A.

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Is an arbitration provision in your employee handbook enforceable?
Click here to see the March Q&A.
The recent New Jersey Appellate Division decision in Morgan v. Raymours Furniture... Read More

Ari G. Burd and Jeri L. Abrams are members of the firm's Labor & Employment Department.

Due to changes in technology, the product/service I sell has changed over time. Can I keep/amend my existing trademark registration or do I have to file a new application?
Click here to see the October Q&A.
The USPTO announced a new pilot program pursuant to which it will allow trademark registrations to be amended where the trademark owner now sells different products from those covered by the original registration due to evolving technology... Read More

Kurt E. Anderson is a shareholder in Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla’s Intellectual Property & Technology Department.

I am interested in utilizing LEED certified green building technology; however I am concerned with the associated costs. Is LEED certified green building economically viable?
Click here to see the August/September Q&A.
While development in accordance with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System may carry some additional up-front costs... Read More

Justin H. Lubas is a shareholder in Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla’s Land Use & Development Department.

Can New Jersey employers require pre-employment drug testing of job applicants?
Click here to see the July Q&A.
Unlike many states, New Jersey has few regulations regarding the drug testing of job applicants. A private employer may require pre-employment drug testing... Read More

Ari Burd is a shareholder in Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla’s Labor & Employment Department.

I know that we all love our smartphones, but does the cellular company really need to install a cellular tower near my property?
Click here to see the June Q&A.
New Jersey ranks among the top states in the country for high-speed data coverage. However, many New Jersey homeowners and businesses consider taking legal action when cellular... Read More

Evan P. Zimmerman is an attorney at Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla and member of the firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology and Land Use & Development Departments.

What implications does the recent decision in the “Blurred Lines” case have on software developers?
Click here to see the May Q&A.
Recently, a federal jury found that the song “Blurred Lines” (by Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and Clifford Harris, Jr.) was substantially similar to the song Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up,”... Read More

Kurt E Anderson is a shareholder at Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla and Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology Department.

Has the January Fire at the Avalon Apartment Complex in Edgewater Had an Effect on Fire Safety Regulations in New Jersey?
Click here to see the April Q&A.
On January 21, 2015, a fire ripped through The Avalon at Edgewater apartments. In the wake of the fire, increases in the requirements for fire sprinkler systems for buildings may be on the horizon... Read More

Michael A. Bruno and Timothy J. DeHaut are attorneys at Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla and member of the firm’s Real Estate, Redevelopment & Planned Real Estate Development Department.

Are Employers in New Jersey Required to Compensate Employees for Snow Days?
Click here to see the March Q&A.
In the event that a business closes for a snow day, employers have to ask themselves, which of their workers are entitled to be paid... Read More

Ari Burd is an attorney at Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla and member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Department.






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