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Tennessee Lawmaker Pushes for Repeal of Bill that Disallows Armed Military Personnel at Recruitment Stations

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Tennessee Lawmaker Pushes for Repeal of Bill that Disallows Armed Military Personnel at Recruitment Stations

July 20, 2015; In the wake of the tragic shootings at a military support center in Chattanooga, TN, Rep. Scott DesJarlias of Tennessee seeks to repeal the ban on military personnel carrying firearms at recruitment stations and on base. The proposed legislation is titled "Enhancing Safety at Military Installation Act." The ban is the result of a combination of Pentagon policy and the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which prohibits the federal government from using military personnel for domestic law enforcement. In addition to Rep. DesJarlias's proposal, at least six state governors have called for National Guardsmen in their states to be armed in wake of the Chattanooga shooting.

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Small Victory for NYCAL Defendants!

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July 14, 2015; Even though the First Appellate Department unanimously affirmed in part NYS Supreme Court Sherry Klein Heitler’s Order entered on April 15, 2014 (“April Order”) that lifted the 18-year deferral on punitive damages in New York City Asbestos Litigation (“NYCAL”) actions, the First Appellate Department’s Decision also reversed and remanded a significant portion of the April Order. Therefore, the First Appellate Department’s Decision is a small victory for the NYCAL defense bar. The First Appellate Department held that a portion of the April Order that modifies punitive damages in the Case Management Order (“CMO”) violated NYCAL defendants’ due process rights. The First Appellate Department reversed the provision of the modified CMO, which granted the trial court the authority to decide if plaintiff may proceed with a punitive damage claim without affording the defendants an “opportunity to conduct discovery and establish a defense with respect to this damages claim.” 
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New York Court Orders Release of Firearm Registration Data; 3-D Firearm Designer Sues State Dept.

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 New York Court Orders Release of Firearm Registration Data 

May 8, 2015; Judge Thomas J. McNamara (NY Supreme – Albany County) has ruled that the New York State Police must release data regarding the registration of firearms that may qualify as “assault weapons” under the provisions of the NY SAFE Act. The case, Robinson v. Cuomo et al., was filed in 2014 by pro-firearm group Shooters Committee on Public Education (SCOPE) after the New York State Police refused to respond to FOIL requests for the information. Stephen Aldstadt, President of SCOPE, explained that the group “never asked for any personal identifying information in any of this. [They] are simply looking for the number of records and not any individual's name or particular firearm that is registered." A copy of Judge McNamara’s Order can be found here.

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Corporations Consider Registering Trademarks in Cuba as Trade Relations Expand

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April 28, 2015: As relations between the United States and Cuba continue to transform, corporations are beginning to realize the potential to expand their businesses into a country that once was off limits. Selling goods and services in Cuba means that corporations will want to have their brand name and products trademarked in Cuba as part of a brand protection strategy. Of note, Cuba has a different trademark system than the United States. The United States has a first to use trademark system whereby using the trademark gives the owner rights, even if the trademark is not formally registered. In contrast, Cuba utilizes a first to file system where priority stems from the applicant being the first to register the trademark with the Cuban trademark office. This system creates more of a race to submit applications and ensures that you are the first to file your mark.

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Equity Firm Offers Cash-Out for Remington Shares; Supreme Court Rules on Felon Firearm Transfers

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 Firm Offers Cash Out to Investors who Own Shares in Remington Outdoor

May 19, 2015; Private equity firm Cerberus Capital issued a letter to its investors on Friday, advising them that they are permitted to sell their stakes in Remington Outdoor (formerly known as Freedom Group). Investors now have thirty days to make a decision as to whether they want to sell their shares in the country’s oldest firearm manufacturer.  Despite its public commitment to sell Remington Outdoor following the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Cerberus itself has not yet done so, chiefly citing that it has not found an acceptable offer. Investors who decide to not sell their shares will have their shares transferred to a separate financial entity, as Cerberus is planning to remove Remington from its main private equity funds.

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Recent Claims in Sandy Hook Shooting Should Be Barred By Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

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January 2, 2015:  On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza murdered twenty-six people and injured an additional six people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Representatives of the estates of eight of the people he killed, and one person who was injured, filed a lawsuit in the Connecticut Superior Court on December 13, 2014.  Rather than suing Adam Lanza’s estate, however, they filed suit against the manufacturer, wholesale distributor and retail dealer who sold the Bushmaster XM15-E2S Modern Sporting Rifle that he used in the shooting.

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Spotlight on Asbestos Litigation

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March 5, 2015: The current New York asbestos litigation landscape is changing. There are approximately 3,101 active cases pending in New York City Asbestos Litigation (“NYCAL”), ongoing negotiations on the Case Management Order (“CMO”) which seeks to change the current New York City asbestos litigation procedures and a sharp increase in the number of asbestos-related commercials on television. One of the most significant changes is the inclusion of punitive damages as a viable remedy for plaintiffs. Since 1996, New York City asbestos litigation has been the only jurisdiction in New York State in which plaintiffs have been unable to recover punitive damages from defendants.

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