Legal Links – August 14, 2015

August 14, 2015

On Fridays, we compile and post Legal Links, a list of legal news, reported cases, community events and topics of interest to Lancaster residents and readers of the Lancaster Law Blog.

1.  Just Alphabet It. Earlier this week, Google announced a major reorganization of the company, where it will be owned by a parent company called Alphabet. This article provides an overview of the announcement, its impact and some remaining unanswered questions: What We Know About Google’s Alphabet Soup. And What We Don’t.

Within one day of the announcement, BMW announced that it is examining whether Google infringed on its trademark rights associated with the domain and BMW’s subsidiary, Alphabet.

2.  How Many Unpaid Interns Does It Take to File a Lawsuit? In the case of the class-action suit just filed against Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the answer is 40. At least one of the Plaintiffs allege that she was required to work long hours and answer emails at 10 p.m. Most employees who are paid minimum wage wouldn’t be expected to be available to answer emails all night long so it seems unlikely this is a reasonable expectation of an unpaid intern.

Is your business considering using unpaid interns? Check out Fact Sheet #71 for some guidance on the federal Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division’s take on internship programs under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

3.  Mark Your Calendar. Mark your calendars! This weekend is the Mt. Gretna Art Show being held on Saturday, August 15th from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, August 16th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

You’re just in time to catch the last two Lawn Concerts at Nissley Vineyards and Winery, to be held Saturday, August 15th and Saturday, August 22nd starting at 6:00 pm.

Did you ever want to drink beer and do yoga at a minor league baseball stadium?  Join the Lancaster Barnstormers for beer and yoga on Saturday, August 15th and Saturday, September 19th at 9:30 am.  Register here.

The 2015 Whoopie Pie Festival will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn. The Festival will feature over 100 different whoopie pie flavors – I wonder if any are paleo?

4.  Are You Feeling Ok, Tom? A courtroom sketch of Tom Brady at the latest Deflategate hearing went viral yesterday on social media. Here’s a collection of some of the most creative photoshopped versions of the sketch: Tom Brady’s bizarre courtroom sketch destroyed the internet.  Our personal favorite? Tom Brady as Michael Jackson in Thriller.

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