ProfNet Experts Available on Insurance Policies, Trademark Disputes, Crowd Funding

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May 09, 2013, 10:05 ET from ProfNet

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  • Sudden Storms a Wake-Up Call
  • Trademark Dispute Over 'RG3'
  • Capitalizing on Crowd Funding


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  • Part-Time Reporter – Courthouse News Service (WV)
  • Reporter – The Deming (NM)


  • ASJA Recap: The Art of Sourcing
  • A Day in the Life of a Boston Globe Journalist
  • Grammar Hammer: I Could Care Less



Sudden Storms a Wake-Up Call
Phillip Sanov
Attorney and Head of Bad Faith Insurance Practice Group
The Lanier Law Firm in Houston
"Recent surprise hailstorms and flash floods provide a stark reminder that the severe storm season is upon us, and home and business owners should be prepared. Now is the time to make sure insurance policies are up to date, and to document the condition of homes, offices and belongings. Too often, we see insurance companies that deny, delay or vastly underpay legitimate claims, often citing 'pre-existing' conditions. Take photos and videos of structures and personal property as proof of ownership and existing conditions. But remember that those pictures do no good if they too are lost in a storm, so be sure to store them online or at a friend's or relative's house."
Media Contact: Alan Bentrup, 

Trademark Dispute Over 'RG3'
Bill Munck
Intellectual Property Attorney
Munck Wilson Mandala LLP in Dallas
"The ongoing trademark dispute between Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and the motorcycle service company Research Group 3 over use of 'RG3' could end up as a case study in how overlapping intellectual property can coexist peacefully. Multiple parties can use the same mark, but they have to use it in different ways. They can do so through the use of a cross-use agreement to avoid confusion. The motorcycle parts supplier definitely has a different customer base. Research Group 3's big concern is that the firm's customers know who they are. RG3 – the football player – has the potential to become like Michael Jordan where everything was 'Mike.' So, the motorcycle service firm has a legitimate concern that Griffin is going to become the more well-known RG3, if he isn't already."
Media Contact: Dave Moore,

Capitalizing on Crowd Funding
Holt Foster
Thompson & Knight of Dallas
"The use of crowd funding websites such as Kickstarter and RocketHub grew by more than 80 percent last year as small businesses and entrepreneurs increasingly look online to raise money, and with the Securities and Exchange Commission poised to exempt qualified transactions from securities registration, the $2.7 billion crowd funding market is expected to grow even more dramatically. The federal JOBS Act is a potential game changer, allowing businesses to sell up to $1 million in securities annually to individuals who don't meet the current regulatory requirements for income and net worth. These changes will allow small investors to actually gain equity in companies with good concepts and, if certain reporting obligations are met, allow companies to avoid the expense and time needed to comply with existing securities laws."
Media Contact: Barry Pound,



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