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September 9, 2020

FormanWatkins Welcomes New Associate to Jackson Office

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is excited to welcome Molly McNair to our Jackson office! Molly McNair enjoys being a lawyer because it is a job that makes her a life-long learner. She believes that every task set before her is a gift and an opportunity to strive for excellence, which makes her a faithful advocate for her clients. With the ability to step away from the minute details and see the big picture, Molly uses her efficiency and focus skills to help her clients navigate the legal system with confidence. Molly believes that a lawyer should be a subject matter expert in every case, so her clients can always expect her to be thoughtful about her decisions and creative with her solutions. Finally, as an animal-lover and family-woman, Molly is passionate and tenacious, and her clients can feel secure as she fights to represent their interests using knowledge, compassion, and purpose. Molly graduated summa cum laude from Mississippi College School of Law where she was Editor-in-Chief for the Mississippi College Law Review, a recipient of the Hearin Full Tuition Scholarship, Senator of the Law Student Bar Association, and a recipient of the Best Paper Award in Civil Procedure I, Torts II, Evidence, Property, Trial Practice, Civil Rights, Ethics, and Constitutional Law Seminar.  Prior to joining FormanWatkins, Molly was an Extern to Justice Josiah D. Coleman in the Mississippi Supreme Court, an Extern to Chief District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III in the United States District Court for the Southern District […]

September 1, 2020

Oregon Ct. of Appeals Affirms Grant of New Trial for Firm Client

On August 26, 2020, the Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s grant of a new trial to our client, finding that plaintiff’s counsel engaged in misconduct by failing to produce asbestos bankruptcy trust affidavits that proved alternative asbestos exposures, and that plaintiff’s counsel’s misconduct “materially affected” our client’s rights at trial.  In 2015, after a Multnomah County jury returned a verdict against three premises defendants, FormanWatkins discovered that plaintiff’s counsel failed to produce exculpatory evidence during discovery.  FormanWatkins successfully moved for a new trial based upon plaintiff’s failure to produce evidence of alternative exposures that impaired our client’s ability to defend itself at trial.  Plaintiff appealed the trial court’s order granting a new trial.  The decision of the Oregon Court of Appeals is a significant victory for asbestos defendants and affirms the importance of obtaining bankruptcy trust submissions in asbestos exposure cases. FormanWatkins attorneys Joshua Metcalf, Nick Giallourakis, and Ruth Maron Huskey were integrally involved in both the trial and the appeal.

August 27, 2020

FormanWatkins Welcomes New Associates to New Orleans Office

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is excited to welcome Jordan Nixon and Taylor Delrie Waxley to our New Orleans office! Jordan Nixon became a lawyer to solve problems. Following advice to always “Find the way around the hurdle,” Jordan uses her problem-solving skills to always look for solutions in places that might not be obvious. Her ability to pull apart the pieces of a complicated issue and rearrange them to create innovative solutions for her clients is what makes her an invaluable attorney. Clients can expect a strong advocacy from Jordan, as she is inspired and energized by those working around her and works tirelessly with her colleagues and clients to collect and implement only the best ideas. With the energy of camaraderie and teamwork around her and the alluring power of complicated issues driving her, Jordan is a lawyer with whom no client can go wrong. Jordan graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University Law School, where she received the Order of the Coif, the Dean’s Medal, the CALI Award (Obligations II), and a Civil Law Certificate. When Taylor Waxley was a child doing her homework, her parents would always encourage her to use all methods of finding an answer before coming to them for help. This small push to exhaust all methods of finding a solution fueled Taylor’s work ethic through the rest of her education and various work experiences before law school. Now, as a compassionate, hard-working attorney, Taylor enjoys the ability to help others with issues […]

August 26, 2020

“Y’all Politics” Publishes Article by Ritchie

Mississippi political news site Y’all Politics published a short article written by FormanWatkins attorney Spencer Ritchie on the difference between “voting by mail” and voting by absentee ballot.

August 20, 2020

FormanWatkins Attorneys Recognized in 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers®

We are pleased to announce that 32 FormanWatkins attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.  Of those 32 attorneys, 13 were recognized as Ones to Watch.  The Ones to Watch awards are recognitions given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence. 

July 16, 2020

Miller Awarded Common Future Bridge Fellowship

FormanWatkins is proud to announce Julian Miller has been awarded a Common Future Bridge Fellowship based on his work co-founding the non-profit organization, Delta Fresh Foods Initiative, that focuses on building community food systems as a means of economic justice and public health in the Mississippi Delta.

June 30, 2020

Trademark Law Update: Supreme Court Decides Fate of Booking.com’s Trademark Applications

By: Josh Leggett That was quicker than expected.  The Supreme Court issued its slip opinion in the matter of United States Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com on June 30, 2020.[i]  Justice Ginsburg wrote the opinion for the Court, and Roberts, Alito, Sotomayor, Kagan, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh joined.  Justice Sotomayor wrote a concurring opinion, and Justice Breyer filed a dissenting opinion. To begin with the conclusion, the Court held that Booking.com was entitled to trademark protection.  In making its decision, the Court focused on whether Booking.com “taken as a whole, signifies to consumers the class of online hotel-reservation services.”  If so, then it is a generic term not entitled to protection.[ii]  Part of the Court’s opinion relates back to Chief Justice Roberts’ concern at oral argument wherein he inquired as to whether similar sites, such as  “Travelocity,” were considered to be a “Booking.com.”[iii]   According to the Court, because consumers do not view it this way, as was determined by the lower courts, the case should be resolved.[iv] However, the Court does not conclude its opinion so quickly and addresses the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (“USPTO”) argument that combining a generic term such as “Booking” with a generic top level domain like “.com” results in a  generic pairing, with some exceptions.  Importantly, the Court points out that the USPTO’s own practice does not follow such a rule, and, in fact, existing registered trademarks would be subject to cancellation if such a rule were enforced.[v]   The Court declines to adopt […]

June 29, 2020

FormanWatkins New Orleans Office Honored as a 2020 Top Workplaces

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by The Times-Picayune and The New Orleans Advocate.  The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party anonymous survey that uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization, including alignment, execution, and connection.

June 24, 2020

Trademark Law Update

On May 4, 2020, the United States Supreme Court made an unprecedented move and broadcast an oral argument live for the first time.[i] The case pits the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) against Booking.com.[ii] The matter is before the Supreme Court as a result of the USPTO’s denial of Booking.com’s trademark applications. Lately, the average number of days between oral argument and getting to an opinion is around 90 days. So, we are expecting an opinion potentially in early August 2020. While we wait, here is a brief overview of the case.

June 18, 2020

A Message from Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP

The gravity of the events over the past weeks resulting from the unjustified killing of George Floyd weighs heavily on our collective hearts and minds.  We hold in the highest regard the civil rights that should and must be afforded to everyone.  As business leaders, and as individuals, we bear a responsibility to speak out and act against injustice. We stand in solidarity with those who are protesting throughout the world to ensure the realization of the inalienable rights held by all global citizens without regard to the color of their skin.  We are proud of those in the FormanWatkins family who have individually spoken out for change. To our African-American and diverse colleagues, clients and community, FormanWatkins reaffirms its commitment to the core values of diversity and inclusion.  We acknowledge that a public statement, such as this one, is only one of many acts necessary to live up to those values.  We promise to continue to listen, speak and act in support of those values.