Author Archive | Zachary Cohen

Zachary D. Cohen

MLB Strikes Out in Acquiring Twins.com

By on October 22, 2015

October—the month of seasonal changes, crunching leaves, artificial pumpkin flavoring, and, for sports fans, the October Classic. As survivors of the never-ending major league baseball regular season battle for World Series contention, many fans purchase tickets, merchandise, and check scores through their team’s web page. For the most part, professional sports domain names are intuitive. […]

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Zachary D. Cohen

USPTO Reducing Electronic Filing Fees

By on January 2, 2015

It is about to get a little cheaper to register or renew a trademark at the federal level, provided you do it electronically.  Last month, the USPTO announced a reduction in trademark fees for applications and renewal in the Federal Register.  The full information can be seen at this link. Beginning January 17, 2015, the […]

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A Copyright Best Practices Reminder: Get it in Writing

By on June 12, 2014

“Get it in writing” is a common refrain from lawyers. Not getting it in writing is a mistake I have seen too many clients make. When an individual or company engages an independent contractor or consultant to create something for them, they think that they own “it” in its entirety merely because they have commissioned […]

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FTC Settlement with Debt Collector over Text Messages

By on October 30, 2013

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) extracted a $1 million settlement from a debt collector who used text messaging to attempt to collect debts in an allegedly unlawful manner.  The FTC charged a California-based debt collector who owned two debt collection companies—National Attorney Collection Services, Inc. and National Attorney Services LLC—with violations of the […]

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Consistency in Language to Debtors is Important

By on June 4, 2013

A recent decision of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals highlights the importance of consistency in correspondence from a debt collection agency to debtors.  The case involved the language in a collection notice that was sent to a debtor regarding monies owed for medical expenses.  See Caprio v. Healthcare Revenue Recovery Group, LLC, 709 F.3d […]

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Trustees as Debt Collectors

By on February 26, 2013

Does a trustee foreclosing on a property pursuant to deed of trust qualify as a debt collector under the FDCPA?  Recently the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, addressed this issue in deciding a motion to dismiss in Townsend v. Federal National Mortgage Association, et al., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18588 (W.D. […]

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CFPB’S Collection of Consumer Complaints on Debt Collectors

By on February 11, 2013

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) recently announced that it would begin taking complaints from consumers regarding debt collectors in the second quarter of 2013.  This follows the commencement of the CFPB’s program to supervise debt collectors at the beginning of this year.  As mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFPB’s complaint system will […]

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