February 7th, 2017
On March 3, 2017, Salish Seas Expeditions will be hosting a 20 Years of Discovery Seafood Bash. NBF attorney Pegeen Mulhern has recently joined the board of directors of this 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation that offers science programs to middle school and high school students throughout Puget Sound. Salish Seas’ mission is to inspire youth to connect with the marine environment through boat-based scientific inquiry and hands-on learning, instilling curiosity, confidence, and critical thinking. Salish Sea Expeditions does this by offering students in grades 5-12 a unique combination of powerful place-based learning and hands on exploration. For more information visit their website at www.salish.org.
We hope that you might join Pegeen and other Salish supporters at the Seafood Bash as Salish celebrates 20 years of meaningful learning expeditions and the impact those experiences have had on students from our region and beyond. Not only will the event be an opportunity to look back on 20 years of programs, but it will also be an opportunity to share Salish’s vision for the next 20 years and learn some of the ways the organization is growing to meet the critical need for meaningful STEM and maritime education.
One very exciting announcement is Salish’s recent purchase of the Elettra III, an 85-foot steel hulled motor vessel originally commissioned by the Marconi Marine Company as a maritime technology demonstration vessel. Salish is working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard as they re-fit the Elettra III to be licensed as a USCG Subchapter T Small Passenger Vessel. In addition to updating the vessel for compliance and safety, Salish is outfitting the vessel with the highest quality scientific and educational instrumentation, creating fully-networked classroom and lab spaces, and deployment arrangements. This vessel will be an important platform for marine science and maritime training in Puget Sound.
The details on the Seafood Bash are as follows:
When: Friday, March 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Where: Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)
860 Terry Ave N, Seattle WA, 98109
Tickets: $150 ($70 tax-deductible)
If you would like to join the celebration please contact Pegeen Mulhern at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 27th, 2017
NBF hosted its 9th annual Mardi Gras Party at the J&M Cafe in Seattle on January 26, 2017 in conjunction with the Marine Insurance Association of Seattle (MIAS) week of activities. The event was exceedingly well attended and fun.
January 16th, 2017
NBF attorney Chris Nicoll authored an article entitled “WDTL Amicus Committee Tackles Personal Jurisdiction,” for the Winter 2016 Defense News published by the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association. (See pages 9-10, 12 of linked .pdf)
January 13th, 2017
NBF is pleased to announce an important victory for its client in an intellectual property matter. In Hempton v. Pond5, Inc., No. 3:15-CV-05696-BJR, 2016 WL 6217113 (W.D. Wash. Oct. 25, 2016), reconsideration denied, No. 3:15-CV-05696-BJR, 2017 WL 132453 (W.D. Wash. Jan. 13, 2017), plaintiff Gordon Hempton sued Pond5, Inc. for copyright infringement. Pond5 operates a website that allows artists and other media owners to upload digital media such as video, images, music and sound effects, and customers to download the media by purchasing a license that allows its use. Hempton, a nature sound recordist, alleged that his work was stolen and illegally uploaded to the Pond5 website. He alleged that Pond5 was liable for copyright violation for hosting the material on its website and issuing licenses to it. He claimed that he had sustained significant damages. He filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
NBF attorneys Larry Altenbrun and Curt Feig defended the lawsuit on behalf of Pond5. They filed a motion for summary judgment seeking dismissal under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DCMA”), which creates certain safe harbors for service providers who satisfy certain statutory requirements, including the removal of infringing content upon notice. In a detailed decision from Judge Rothstein, the court granted Pond5’s motion and held that it was entitled to protections under the DMCA. The decision includes important discussions about several elements of the DMCA safe harbor defense.
The Hempton v. Pond5 matter is another successful example of Nicoll Black & Feig’s growing intellectual property practice. We are regularly appointed, by companies and their insurers, to defend companies and individuals accused of various intellectual property violations.
December 20th, 2016
In December, 2016, NBF attorneys Chris Nicoll and Noah Jaffe prepared and filed two amicus curiae briefs with the Washington Supreme Court on behalf of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association. The first was filed in Noll v. Special Electric Co., No. 91998-4, and concerns the proper test for specific personal jurisdiction in a case involving a manufacturer of a component product that was marketed in Washington by the manufacturer of the end product. The case focuses on whether a component part manufacturer can be subject to jurisdiction in a state where its product ended up even if the component manufacturer was unaware that the end product manufacturer was marketing the product in the forum state. Chris and Noah teamed up again to author and file an amicus brief for the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association in Swank v. Valley Christian School, No. 90733-1, analyzing in detail the case against exercising specific personal jurisdiction over an Idaho doctor sued in Washington for care he rendered to an Idaho patient in Idaho, but who later traveled to Washington where he was injured and died. Both cases provided NBF with an opportunity to add to the debate about specific personal jurisdiction that has been reignited by recent decisions of the United States Supreme Court.
December 2nd, 2016
NBF attorney Chris Nicoll attended the 132nd Annual Dinner of the Association of Marine Underwriters of San Francisco and also attended various related events in the Bay area.
October 28th, 2016
NBF Attorney Nina Mitchell presented to the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA). Her presentation was titled: Injured Workers on the Waterfront; Highlights of the United States Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.
October 27th, 2016
NBF attorney Pegeen Mulhern made a presentation on Marina Emergency Preparedness and Casualty Responses at the 16th Annual Northwest Marina & Boatyard Conference.
October 11th, 2016
NBF attorney Chris Nicoll wrote a brief article on recent developments in personal jurisdiction for an upcoming issue of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association Newsletter.
October 4th, 2016
NBF supported and NBF attorney Chris Reilly attended and participated in the Thomas Miller (Americas) Inc. Play for Pink Charity Golf Outing benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. It was a great cause and first class event. No bystanders were injured by any of the errant balls that briefly grazed Chris’s clubs …