Law firm Burr & Forman says a member of its financial services litigation group has relocated to Nashville from Birmingham to work with area clients. Zachary Miller has been with the firm since September 2008 and has been listed as a rising star by Alabama Super Lawyers each year since 2011. His move to Music City brings up to eight Burr's local team, which has seen several other attorneys come and go so far this year.
The makers of Popcorn Sutton whiskey have agreed to change the appearance of their bottle to settle a lawsuit filed by the owners of the Jack Daniel's brand. The latter had said that the bottle design Popcorn Sutton began using in 2012 was too similar to Jack Daniel's iconic look.
Phil Lynch, Brown-Forman spokesperson, said: “Brown-Forman and Jack Daniel’s Properties are pleased that an amicable settlement was reached and that Popcorn Sutton has agreed to change to a new bottle. “The agreement calls for Popcorn Sutton to stop using the offending packaging by July 1, but consumers may see this existing packaging for awhile as it sells through the retail trade before being replaced by the new bottle.”
Amid their late-session surge in activity, state lawmakers this week passed a bill reforming several aspects of workplace-related litigation. Among other things, the changes cap compensatory damages that can be awarded — aligning state statutes with their federal counterparts — and streamlines the path for whistleblower claims. Baker Donelson attorneys Ben Bodzy and Larry Eastwood, who drafted most of the legislation, have a summary here.
Under the new legislation, an employee may only proceed under the statutory claim, which requires the employee to prove that the alleged whistleblowing was the "sole cause" of the termination. This effectuates the legislature's "sole cause" standard already incorporated into the TPPA, and it prevents employees from invoking the common law's lower causation standard. The effect of this legislation will be to facilitate the defense of questionable whistleblower claims.
SEE ALSO: The bill summary from The General Assembly's website
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