UPCOMING MSBA PANEL: MINNESOTA SMALL CELL RIGHT OF WAY LEGISLATION: PAVING THE WAY TOWARD 5G

December 01, 2017

The Minnesota Legislature enacted substantial changes to Minnesota's telecommunications right-of-way statute last session to streamline right-of-way access for small cell wireless providers deploying small and micro cell technology. The wireless industry promises this technology, when deployed, will enable 5G wireless services, the next generation of wireless voice and broadband service.  Local governments and cable service providers had concerns about the legislation.  At this panel you will hear from representatives of the major stakeholders, including Tony Mendoza, that participated in negotiating and lobbying the legislation, and receive an update on 5G deployment activity in Minnesota.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Noon

Dorsey & Whitney, LLP

Minneapolis Office, Seattle Room

 

Lunch will be provided.  Non-lawyers are welcome.

DID YOU KNOW MINNESOTA ALREADY HAS AN INTERNET PRIVACY STATUTE?

September 21, 2017

​The last Minnesota legislative session saw a flurry of bills introduced pertaining to internet privacy.  The activity was a reaction to the repeal of FCC broadband privacy rules by Congress in January.   But in addition to numerous existing federal privacy protections unaffected by the repeal of the FCC rules, did you know that the Minnesota Legislature had long ago already moved to protect the internet privacy of Minnesotans?  Read more about Minnesota's existing internet privacy law by clicking on the link below.

COPYRIGHT PROTECTION OF SHORT PHRASES – IT’S ALL ABOUT ORIGINALITY

September 12, 2017

Which one of these phrases is not like the other?  1.  "Clap your hands!"  2. “Everyday I’m hustlin’’’ or 3. “E.T. phone home!”  First, let’s explain why all of the three above phrases have in common.  They were all subjects of copyright infringement lawsuits claiming that the use of these short phrases infringed on previous works.  To find out why one of these phrases is different, click below to read the entire article.

PRN ALUMNI FOUNDATION HOSTS KICK-OFF BENEFIT

September 11, 2017

​Mendoza Law is very honored to serve as pro bono counsel to the PRN Alumni Foundation, a new non-profit organization dedicated to continuing the philanthropic interests of Prince, namely youth arts education, urban farming and sustainability, and supporting PRN alumni in crisis. The organization has been formed by former employees of Prince and Paisley Park.  PRN hosted its first events Sep 7-9 in conjunction with the 30th anniversary celebration of the inception of Paisley Park. The weekend kicked off with a party Thursday night at the Machine Shop featuring Grammy Award nominated band, King. On Saturday they offered a program at the Capri Theater, "Stories from Inside the Park" where people who worked with and really knew Prince shared memories and stories. There were lots of stories about the formation and operation of Paisley Park, Prince's recording process, his innovation, and style. All proceeds benefitted PRN. Stay tuned for more upcoming events!

MINNESOTA SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS GOVERNOR DAYTON’S LINE ITEM VETO OF LEGISLATURE FUNDING

September 08, 2017

The Minnesota Supreme Court today ruled that Governor Mark Dayton’s line item veto of the Minnesota Legislature’s funding was constitutional.  Click on the link below for a summary and a copy of the decision.

FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF NON-PROFIT OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS IN TROUBLED TIMES

August 22, 2017

​It is inevitable that in the life of a non-profit organization periods of internal disagreement and dissension will occur.  Responsible governance during these periods is crucial to the health and even the survival of the organization.  Non-profit officers and directors charged with governance during these times are well advised to familiarize or re-familiarize themselves with the fiduciary responsibilities owed to their organizations.

A SUMMARY OF MINNESOTA’S DATA BREACH NOTIFICATION STATUTE

August 08, 2017

There is no federal or uniform law governing data breach notifications.  Therefore, 48 states have separate data breach notification laws, with South Dakota and Alabama being the only states that do not.   This article summarizes the Minnesota data breach notification statute.

NEW ARTICLE: WATCH YOUR STEP! RESTRICTIONS ON TRUSTS AS S-CORPORATION SHAREHOLDERS

July 27, 2017

​Changes in circumstances relating to S Corporation stock held by a trust can pose risks to a corporation’s Subchapter S election, and must be scrutinized carefully.  This article discusses the policy behind restrictions on S Corporation shareholders and the types of trusts that are eligible to hold S Corporation stock.

OUR SUMMER NEWSLETTER IS OUT!

July 11, 2017

Read our recent published articles and the latest news on Mendoza Law.  A link to our Summer 2017 newsletter is below.

MINNESOTA TELECOMMUNICATIONS LEGISLATION PASSED IN 2017

June 27, 2017

It was a busy year for the telecommunications industry at the Minnesota Legislature this year.  The Legislature considered many telecommunications related bills, including Voice over Internet Protocol regulatory reform, internet privacy, broadband funding, streamlined right-of-way access for small cell wireless technology, and expansion of the state sales tax exemption on telecommunications capital equipment.  Below is a summary of significant laws enacted.

WILL THE BLURRED LINES APPEAL BLUR THE STANDARD FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT FOR A MUSICAL COMPOSITION?

June 20, 2017

In March 2015, a jury awarded the Estate of Marvin Gaye $7.3 million in damages, finding that the song “Blurred Lines” by Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke infringed on the Marvin Gaye song “Got to Give it Up.”  Williams and Thicke argue that the district court erred by submitting jury instructions that allowed the jury to improperly base their verdict on a finding of “subconscious copying."  The verdict has caused great anxiety among songwriters.

JUST PUBLISHED IN MARCH 2017 ISSA JOURNAL - WHEN BABY MONITORS BECOME WEAPONS

March 13, 2017

Emily Duke and Tony Mendoza  explore the legal framework of the virus vulnerabilities associated with the Internet of Things, such as the October 2016 Mirai cyber attack.  The attack infected tens of millions of Internet-connected devices like cameras, baby monitors, home routers, and gaming systems. The attack caused sustained outages on major websites including PayPal, Twitter, The New York Times, GitHub, Spotify and others.

WHY YOUR NONPROFIT NEEDS A DATA RETENTION POLICY

February 01, 2017

Developing a policy early in an organization’s history can save the organization a lot of time compared to an organization that waits until after it has grown into a more substantial organization, or worse yet if it waits until disaster has already struck.

ETHICAL HACKER MARY FRANTZ AND CYBER LAWYER EMILY DUKE PRESENT TO MIDWAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

January 27, 2017

Members of the Midway Chamber witnessed a live demonstration from ethical hacker, Mary Frantz, of EK Partners.  Ms. Frantz reviewed common hacking tools and methods, including a discussion of recon scanning, social engineering, the dark web market, password management, phishing scams, and open port scans.  Emily Duke presented on "10 Easy Wins"  - easy to implement strategies to harden business IT networks.  Copies of their presentations can be found by clicking on the link below.

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