RPL Partner Nicole Page Provides Tips to Women on Negotiating

RPL Partner Nicole Page writes on women and negotiation in an article for Go Girl Finance entitled, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Get – Tips on Negotiating for Yourself.”  Click here to read more.

RPL Congratulates The Women’s City Club Of New York On Their Successful 2014 Civic Spirit Awards And Their Impressive Selected Honorees

RPL congratulates Marianne J. Legato, MD, Professor Emerita of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University School of Medicine and Founder of The Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine;  Susan Avarde, Head of Global Branding, Citigroup Inc.;  and Ana L. Oliveria, President and CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation, all of whom were honored by the Women’s City Club of New York (“WCC”) at this year’s 2014 Civic Spirit Awards ceremony.  The Civic Spirit Awards are given out at the WCC’s annual Gala, which honors New York’s most innovative and visionary leaders.

RPL is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Civic Spirit Awards.

photo (2)    Niki and Ellen Gala

Pictured above from left to right, Heidi Reavis, RPL Partner and Chairwoman of the Board of the Women’s City Club;  Ellen Keenan-O’Malley, RPL Foreign Law Clerk, Co-Chair of the Women’s City Club Young Professionals and Co-Chair of the WCC Membership Committee;  Niki Cubides, RPL Attorney and former Chair of the Education Committee of the Women’s City Club.


ALL ABOUT ANN Premieres at 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

RPL is thrilled to announce the premiere of the feature documentary ALL ABOUT ANN at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18.  The film is about the late Governor Ann Richards, who in 1991, became the first elected female governor of Texas.  The film is also scheduled to premiere on HBO on April 28 at 9PM.

RPL attorneys Nicole Page, and Niki Cubides provided legal services in connection with the documentary.

RPL Attorneys Jeffrey L. Blankstein and Alice K. Jump Hosting a NFWFWF Presentation on the impact of DOMA

RPL attorneys Jeffrey L. Blankstein and Alice K. Jump are hosting a presentation in conjunction with North Fork Women for Women Fund (NFWFWF) entitled “DOMA – A Year Later.”  The presentation is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Peconic Recreation Center.  The presentation will discuss the effect of the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor in connection with estate, tax and pension questions relating to same sex partners and spouses, as well as addressing the conflicts that arise between states that recognize same sex marriage and those that don’t. For further details please click here.

RPL Partner Deena R. Merlen to Speak at CLE Program on Entertainment Law and Employment Law

RPL Partner Deena R. Merlen, who practices in both New York and Connecticut, will be speaking at a CLE program in Stamford, Connecticut titled: “When Hollywood Comes To Connecticut: Tax Benefits For Producers and the Potential Cost Of Unpaid Interns and Misclassified Freelancers.”

Other speakers include Ed Ruggiero, Tax Credit Administrator at the Connecticut Office of Film, Television & Digital Media, Kevin Segalla, the CEO/founder of the Connecticut Film Center and CFC Capital Holdings LLCDanette Bottelson of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (“WWE”), and Mary A. Gambardella of Wiggin and Dana LLP in Stamford.

The Connecticut Film Center operates 252,000 square feet of production facilities in Connecticut.  Over the past seven years, the CT Film Center has been responsible for bringing approximately $800 million of motion picture and television production into Connecticut and housing over 50 productions including Revolutionary Road, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Old Dogs, Showtime’s The Big C, All My Children, One Life to Live, and People’s Court.   CFC Capital Holdings LLC, a leading supplier of tax incentive based financing throughout the United States, has over the past five years financed over $400 million in film and digital media tax credits, as well as green building, renewable energy, historic, low-income housing, and brownfield tax incentives. CFC’s real estate holdings include over 1.5 million square feet of commercial space, primarily catering to sports and entertainment, including the world headquarters for NBC Sports Network in Stamford, state-of-the-art indoor sports facility Chelsea Piers Connecticut, NHL Network, and WWE’s production center in Norwalk, Connecticut.

WWE, which is headquartered in Stamford, has programming broadcast in more than 150 countries and 30 languages, reaching more than 650 million homes worldwide.  WWE also produces a diverse slate of feature films through WWE Studios, such as “The Call” with Halle Berry and David Otunga, and “Dead Man Down” with Colin Farrell and Wade Barrett.

This exciting breakfast program will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 am on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the offices of the Fairfield County Bar Association, 970 Summer Street, Stamford, Connecticut. For further details, please contact Ms. Merlen at (212) 763-4160 or dmerlen@rpl-law.com.   To register, please click HERE.   (Note:  Information on financial assistance with the registration fee is available by contacting Ms. Merlen.)



RPL Partner Deena R. Merlen to Lead International Trademark Association Roundtable

RPL Partner Deena R. Merlen is moderating an International Trademark Association (“INTA”) Roundtable titled, Trademark Litigation A-Z.

Thousands of trademark infringement lawsuits are litigated in federal district courts every year.  In 2013, an average of 269 federal trademark infringement lawsuits were filed each month in this country.  Typical costs for trademark suits can range anywhere from $300,000 to $1.5 million up through trial.

Join us to discuss and learn about issues to consider when bringing or defending trademark litigation.  The INTA Roundtable, which includes lunch, will be from 12:00 to 2:00 pm on Friday, March 28, 2014 in the “courtroom” of the Stamford Innovation Center at 175 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT.  You do not need to be an INTA member to register but will need to set up a user name and password, which you can obtain HERE.  For further information on the INTA Roundtable on March 28, please contact Ms. Merlen at 212-763-4100 or by email at dmerlen@rpl-law.com.

For further information on INTA, please visit www.inta.org.  INTA’s member organizations represent some 30,000 trademark professionals from 190 countries and include brand owners from major corporations as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises, law firms and nonprofits, government agency members, and individual professor and student members.



RPL Partner Nicole Page to Moderate NYWIFT Panel

RPL Partner Nicole Page will be participating on and moderating a panel hosted by New York Women In Film and Television entitled Non-Fiction Television Through the Lens of Women Industry Leaders.” The panel is scheduled for Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 6:30p.m. and addresses the state of the non-fiction TV industry through the perspective of women industry leaders.


Second Circuit Holds that EEOC Filing Does Not Toll Statute of Limitations for State Law Tort Claims

This Article was written by Alice K. Jump, a Partner in the Firm

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has recently held that filing a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) does not toll the statute of limitations for state law tort claims.  In Castagna v. Luceno,  No. 13-0796-CV, 2014 WL 840964 (2d Cir. March 4, 2014), the Second Circuit joined other Circuit Courts in determining that, as a matter of federal law, the filing of an EEOC charge does not toll the statute of limitations period for state law claims, even when the claims arise from the same “nucleus of facts” as the federal discrimination claim.

In Castagna, the plaintiff worked as an accountant and receptionist for  the defendants from 2005 until July 2008, when she resigned after her supervisor allegedly screamed, swore and shoved a computer monitor at her.  Following her resignation, the plaintiff filed a charge with the EEOC alleging discrimination based on sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”).  Plaintiff received her right to sue letter in August 2009 and, in  November 2009, filed suit against her employer and her supervisor in federal district court in New York.  Plaintiff asserted claims of hostile work environment and constructive discharge in violation of Title VII and the New York State Human Rights Law.  In addition to these statutory claims,  plaintiff asserted state common law claims for intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault and battery, all of which were subject to a one year statute of limitations in accordance with CPLR § 215(3).

In affirming the lower court’s dismissal of the state law claims, the Second Circuit pointed to rulings in the Seventh and Ninth Circuits and decisions by the “vast majority” of district courts in the Second Circuit, all of which rejected the tolling argument.  The Court also relied on the Supreme Court’s decision in Johnson v. Railway Express Agency, Inc., 421 U.S. 454 (1975), which held that a filing with the EEOC under Title VII does not toll the statute of limitations under a separate federal statute, 42. U.S.C. § 1981.  In sum, the Castagna court declared that “there is no basis for concluding that a civil rights claimant should be entitled to delay filing any state court claims during the EEOC’s consideration of a charge of discrimination.”

While the Castagna decision clarifies the issue under federal law, it did leave open the question of whether there were any state law grounds for tolling the limitations period.  In light of the Second Circuit’s ruling, however, parties should assume that an EEOC filing will not stop the clock from ticking on plaintiff’s state law tort claims.

This article is intended only as a general discussion of these issues. It is not considered to be legal advice or relied upon. We would be pleased to consider providing additional details or advice about specific situations. For additional information on this topic,  please feel free to contact Alice Jump who regularly counsels and litigates for clients in the employment, financial services, partnership  and real estate areas.

RPL Attorneys Neil Parent and Niki Cubides Host Presentation on Equity Crowdfunding

RPL Attorneys Neil Parent and Niki Cubides, in conjunction with Social Media Week, hosted a presentation on, “Equity Crowdfunding: Democratizing Funding through Social Media” on February 19, 2014.  The presentation focused on providing startup entrepreneurs and content creators with insights regarding the proposed rules of Title III of the JOBS Act, commonly referred to as the “equity crowdfunding exemption.”Social Media Week Event

RPL Associate Niki Cubides to Attend SXSW Film Festival

RPL Associate Niki Cubides is attending South By Southwest (“SXSW”) Music, Film
and Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

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