Comparative advertising has been around for years. Remember the Pepsi Challenge? It shifted the cola landscape after decades of Coke holding the #1 spot. Comparative advertising campaigns like the legendary one waged by PepsiCo can be highly effective, but they’re not without legal risk.  “Comparative advertising is a very tricky area,” says Anthony Davis, a…

  While federal COVID vaccine mandates are tied up in the courts, many businesses are left wondering how to update their company’s vaccine policies as they head into 2022. “A lot of business owners feel like they’re left in limbo,” says Christopher Santomassimo, founding partner at Santomassimo Davis LLP | Outside General Counsel Solutions®, a New Jersey-based firm…

Effective on May 7, 2022, New York employers must begin providing notice to new employees when they “monitor or otherwise intercept” an employee’s telephone conversations, emails, internet access, or internet usage. While this law does not prohibit the monitoring of employee communications or other device-related monitoring, it does require advanced notice combined with acknowledgments from…

OGC Solutions Legal Alert: How to Recover After a Ransomware Attack Here’s a sobering thought: Ransomware attacks have doubled since the first half of 2021 as bad actors continue to find new ways to dodge security layers. Cybersecurity experts say it’s inevitable that most companies will face a ransomware attack at some point.  While corporate…

The Clock Is Ticking: 3 Steps To Take The Moment You Fall Victim To A Ransomware Attack “We’ve been breached.”  Those are three words no business leader wants to hear from the IT department. But make no mistake: Ransomware attacks are on the rise and have hit organizations of all types and sizes – from…

Safeguard Your Company From a Ransomware Attack With a Strong Cyber Insurance Policy “My company doesn’t need a cyber insurance policy.” That’s a statement Alexander Anglim, a partner at Santomassimo Davis LLP Outside General Counsel™ Solutions, a New Jersey-based firm with offices in New Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York, hears far too often from clients. Anglim estimates that roughly 30 percent…

Outside General Counsel™ Solutions Legal Alert: 3 Tips On How To Protect Your Company From Ransomware Attacks At the beginning of July, software service provider Kaseya reported some shocking news that made headlines throughout the globe: It was attacked by hackers who embedded malware into the company’s network, allowing them to carry out ransomware attacks…

Buyer Beware: Know The Difference Between Outside General Counsel vs. Outside General Counsel ™ Solutions In the market for outside general counsel? You’re not alone. Many small- and mid-size businesses opt for outside general counsel, rather than in-house attorneys, to manage their legal needs. But not all law firms that provide outside general counsel services…

Marijuana In the Workplace: Managing Risk Amidst The Changing Landscape Feeling confused about how to create and enforce policies against marijuana use among employees? “Welcome to the club,” says Christopher Santomassimo, a partner at Santomassimo Davis LLP Outside General Counsel™ Solutions, a New Jersey-based firm with offices in New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York. “A lot of employers have been so…

Employers May Be Obligated To Pay 100% Of COBRA Premiums Pursuant To Stimulus Bill The newly enacted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the “ARP”) requires certain employers to offer free COBRA between April 1, 2021, and September 30, 2021, to eligible employees who lost their jobs and for their covered relatives that will allow…

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