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Dairy Queen sues W.B. Mason over ‘Blizzard’ name

Fox News | October 19, 2021

This coverage provides an overview of the W.B. Mason and Dairy Queen trial underway in Minnesota, in which DQ alleges that W.B. Mason’s house brand of BLIZZARD spring water infringes and dilutes DQ’s BLIZZARD mark. Intellectual Property practice co-leader Jason Kravitz, of the Boston office, is leading the W.B. Mason trial team, which also includes Intellectual Property counsel Gina McCreadie and associate Leslie Hartford, and Complex Commercial Disputes resident attorney Melanie Dempster, all of the Boston office.

Dairy Queen goes to court over Blizzard name

Star Tribune | October 19, 2021

This coverage provides an overview of the W.B. Mason and Dairy Queen trial underway in Minnesota, in which DQ alleges that W.B. Mason’s house brand of BLIZZARD spring water infringes and dilutes DQ’s BLIZZARD mark. Intellectual Property practice co-leader Jason Kravitz, of the Boston office, is leading the W.B. Mason trial team, which also includes Intellectual Property counsel Gina McCreadie and associate Leslie Hartford, and Complex Commercial Disputes resident attorney Melanie Dempster, all of the Boston office.

Former schoolhouse evolves into affordable housing in Greater Boston

Connect Media | October 19, 2021

This article covers the groundbreaking for a Boston-area affordable housing project, mentioning our firm for advising the developers on the predevelopment, acquisition, permitting, and construction financing. The NP team included Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Paul Bouton, late partner Ruth Silman, senior associate Julie Hancock Stande, and associate Ali Walendziak, all of the Boston office.

Hudson Yards rides upgrades into $542 million sale

The Bond Buyer | October 15, 2021

This article focuses on New York City development Hudson Yards and its upcoming offering of Series 2022A fixed-rate revenue green bonds. Our firm is mentioned as co-bond counsel for the work by Project Finance & Public Finance team leader and New York City partner Ken Lind.

Ex-Boeing pilot charged in probe of 737 MAX crashes is scapegoat, lawyer says

The Wall Street Journal | October 15, 2021

This article, on a former Boeing employee charged with misleading regulators in connection with two deadly crashes, quotes Washington, DC Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Lytle about how the optics of the charges could potentially raise sympathy among jurors.

What more can law firms do for LGBTQ+ Equality

World Trademark Review | October 14, 2021

This article, which features diversity and inclusion initiatives among law firms honored by Human Rights Watch in 2021 as “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality,” highlights NP as an industry leader in this space. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director Rekha Chiruvolu is quoted on the importance of creating a mission statement and fostering a culture of open communication.

U.S. pastors, advocacy groups mobilize against COVID-19 vaccine mandates

Reuters | October 14, 2021

This article on the large-scale efforts of religious and advocacy groups to challenge COVID-19 vaccine mandates quotes Rochester Labor & Employment partner Kim Harding on the recent rapid increase in religious exemption requests, which have historically been rare.

Judges vaccine religious exemption ruling comes as good news for some NY health care workers

Spectrum News | October 12, 2021

This article, focusing on a federal judge’s ruling upholding the religious exemption to New York State’s vaccine requirement for health care workers, quotes Rochester Labor & Employment partner Kim Harding on what is required of employees to qualify for the exemption and the process for employers to vet these accommodations.

Notable Hispanic leaders & executives

Crain’s New York Business | October 11, 2021

Chief Diversity Officer and Long Island Complex Commercial Disputes partner Joe Ortego is profiled for being named as one of the diverse professionals who are shaping companies and institutions in the New York metropolitan area, while helping to mentor and elevate other diverse professionals.

Multifamily housing experts weigh in on Newsom housing bills

Spectrum News SoCal | October 08, 2021

This article analyzing California Governor Gavin Newsom’s recently signed housing-related bills quotes Los Angeles Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Bryan LeRoy, co-leader of the firm’s Environment & Land Use team, on the uncertainty of how cities will implement the legislation, as well as how it could impact housing affordability in the short term as the price of land increases. Bryan notes that these recent bills are just one piece of a much bigger puzzle.

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