Wyche Adds to Its Roster of World-Class Attorneys

GREENVILLE, SC (January 3, 2017) – Wyche, P.A. has added four new attorneys to the firm as it expands to meet growing client needs.  Michael Brearley, Camden Navarro Massingill, and Chris Schoen have joined Wyche as associates.  Chad LaBruyere has joined Wyche as an Of Counsel attorney, bringing 12 years of private practice and in-house…
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Jo Hackl Receives the Greenville County Bar Association’s Tommy Thomason Award

GREENVILLE, SC (November 21, 2016) – Wyche attorney Jo Hackl has been honored by the Greenville County Bar Association with the prestigious Tommy Thomason Award.  The award was established in 1993 to recognize the Greenville lawyer who best exemplifies compassion, unshakeable integrity, strong personal values, dedication to the community, humility, and diplomacy.  As the Greenville…
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Tenenbaum to join board of S.C. Institute of Medicine and Public Health

Columbia, SC (October 4, 2016) — Columbia attorney Inez Tenenbaum will join the board of directors of the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health, an independent entity that promotes nonpartisan solutions to health-care policy. The IMPH describes itself as “an informed, neutral, nonpartisan convener and provider of evidence-based information relevant to policy decisions…
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U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Recognizes Wyche as a 2017 “Best Law Firm”

GREENVILLE, SC (November 1, 2016) – Best Lawyers ® Wyche has been named a Tier 1 “Best Law Firm” in 18 practice areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2017.  The selection is based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys in each practice area,…
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John Moylan and Wyche Named The State’s Best

COLUMBIA, SC (October 23, 2016) – John Moylan has been named The State’s Best Attorney and Wyche, P.A. has been named The State’s Best Law Firm by The State newspaper.  Nominations are collected for the award and winners are determined based upon readers’ votes.  Only one attorney and one law firm in South Carolina are…
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Wyche Central to Bringing World-Class Hotel to the Heart of Greenville

GREENVILLE, SC (October 20, 2016) – Wyche, P.A. has agreed to sell its current location to The Kessler Collection in a deal that the law firm believes will add to its legacy of positively transforming the community.  The Kessler Collection will locate its artistically inspired Grand Bohemian Hotel Greenville where Wyche currently sits overlooking Falls…
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“Hospital wars: Palmetto Health to fight Sisters of Charity $50 million suit”

The State Palmetto Health hospital systems made it clear Friday it will fight the $50 million lawsuit brought against it earlier this week by Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals Legacy Corp. “Palmetto Health will vigorously defend the integrity of our organization and our people against this action,” the hospital said in a statement released Friday…
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Let’s Do a Word Association: Copyright … Copycat … Catwoman … Batman … Batmobile!

George Barris, the creator of the 1966 Batmobile and many other classic custom cars, died at the age of 89 last fall.  Barris and his brother opened Barris Kustoms in Los Angeles after World War II, and their unique and creative customizing work on cars brought them attention in the Southern California auto scene.  Success…
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DTSA, UTSA, SCTSA … What’s the Big Deal?

Wyche Inside IP By Wallace K. Lightsey   On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the “Defend Trade Secrets Act,” or “DTSA,” creating for the first time a federal civil remedy for trade secret misappropriation. In an era of increasingly contentious partisan politics, the DTSA received a level of bipartisan support in the…
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“Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you …” And here’s your birthday present: A lawsuit!

Wyche Inside IP By Wallace Lightsey According to the Guinness Book of Records, “Happy Birthday to You” is the most recognizable song in the English language.  Certainly it has to be one of the most, if not the most, frequently performed songs in history.  But did you know that there is a company that claims…
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Stairway to a Heavenly Defense Verdict, for Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Sorry, Justin Bieber!

Wyche Inside IP By Wallace Lightsey In June, a Los Angeles jury decided that Led Zeppelin did not commit copyright infringement in its rock classic, Stairway to Heaven, considered by many to be the greatest rock song ever recorded.  The song was accused of infringing a 1967 song called Taurus by the band Spirit, which had…
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Best Lawyers® Recognizes Wyche Attorneys Among the Best in America

GREENVILLE, SC (August 16, 2016) – Best Lawyers® has recognized 21 Wyche attorneys as The Best Lawyers in America© 2017.   Best Lawyers also named four Wyche attorneys “Lawyer of the Year.”  Jo Watson Hackl is the 2017 Greenville Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Cary Hall is the 2017 Greenville Business Organizations (including LLCs…
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Wyche Attorneys Named Among Greenville’s “Legal Elite”

GREENVILLE, SC (August 3, 2016) – Greenville Business Magazine has recognized 17 Wyche attorneys as being among the area’s “Legal Elite”.  Additionally, the following Wyche attorneys have been recognized for receiving the top number of attorney votes in their fields: Mark Bakker (Labor & Employment), Rita Bolt Barker (Insurance), Cary Hall (Tax), Wallace Lightsey (Intellectual…
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“Scramble: Seven candidates for one open S.C. Supreme Court seat”

The State Five judges from across the state and two private attorneys are running for a vacancy on the five-member S.C. Supreme Court that will open up in January upon the retirement of Chief Justice Costa Pleicones. The two private attorneys are John Nichols and Matthew Richardson, both of Columbia. The judges seeking a seat…
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“Lawsuit forces better treatment for SC’s abused, neglected kids”

The State A negotiated settlement that parties said will better the lives of South Carolina’s vulnerable children was filed Friday in federal court. The settlement comes almost 18 months after Children’s Rights, a national child safety watchdog group, and the Columbia-based Appleseed Legal Justice Center filed a lawsuit on behalf of 11 children, alleging long-running…
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Chambers USA Recognizes Wyche as a Leading Law Firm

GREENVILLE, SC (May 27, 2016) – Chambers USA (“Chambers”) has recognized Wyche and 14 of its attorneys in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.  Wyche’s Corporate/M&A, Environment, Labor & Employment, Litigation, and Real Estate practices have been ranked among the best in South Carolina. The following Wyche attorneys have been…
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Twenty Wyche Attorneys Recognized by South Carolina Super Lawyers

GREENVILLE, SC (April 22, 2016) – Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers, has recognized 20 Wyche attorneys in its 2016 South Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine.  The magazine features attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. Super Lawyers highlights Wallace Lightsey as one of the top 10 lawyers in South Carolina.  Along with…
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Tommy Wyche Lives on in Music, Legacy

By Henry Parr As seen in the Greenville News January 17, 2016 This Saturday, Jan. 23, will be the first anniversary of Tommy Wyche’s death. Tommy is known for his significant contributions to the revitalization of Greenville and conservation of the Upstate, but many do not realize that Tommy was also an artist, a musician and an…
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Inez Tenenbaum joins board of Safe Kids Worldwide

COLUMBIA, SC (December 22, 2015) – Inez Tenenbaum has been named to the board of Safe Kids Worldwide, an international nonprofit working to prevent childhood injury, the number-one cause of death for children in the United States. Tenenbaum was the ninth Chairman for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, serving from June 2009 through November…
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U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Recognizes Wyche as a 2016 “Best Law Firm”

GREENVILLE, SC (November 2, 2015) – Wyche has been named a Tier 1 “Best Law Firm” in 18 practice areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2016.  The selection is based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys in each practice area, and review of…
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Tenenbaum, Tanner honored for leadership

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – University of South Carolina Athletic Director Ray Tanner and former state Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum are being honored for their leadership in South Carolina. The two are among three South Carolinians being honored on Tuesday in Columbia at the Fifth Annual Dick & Tunky Riley Legacy of Leaders event. The…
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Meliah Bowers Jefferson Named National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association

GREENVILLE, SC (October 1, 2015) – The American Heart Association (AHA) has selected Wyche attorney Meliah Bowers Jefferson as a national spokesperson for its “Go Red For Women” movement.  As an AHA national spokesperson, Jefferson will share her personal experience with battling heart disease to raise awareness of heart disease and to promote prevention through…
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Lawsuit: Gov. Haley, DSS agree to give more protection to foster children

By John Monk and Jamie Self The State Under pressure from a federal class action lawsuit, Gov. Nikki Haley and S.C. Department of Social Services Director Susan Alford have agreed to make major changes in how South Carolina’s foster children are protected by the state’s child-welfare agency. Numerous children have died or been abused in recent years…
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Wyche Attorneys Named The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

GREENVILLE, SC (August 17, 2015) – Best Lawyers® has recognized 23 Wyche attorneys as The Best Lawyers in America© 2016.   Best Lawyers also named three Wyche attorneys “Lawyer of the Year”.  Jo Watson Hackl is the 2016 Greenville Corporate Governance Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Wallace Lightsey is the 2016 Greenville Litigation – Intellectual Property “Lawyer of…
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S.C. Association for Justice Honors Matthew Richardson with the Matthew J. Perry Public Service Award

COLUMBIA, SC (August 12, 2015) – The South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ) has honored Wyche attorney Matthew Richardson with the Honorable Matthew J. Perry Public Service Award.  The Matthew J. Perry Public Service Award recognizes someone whose monumental sacrifice in the name of public service has, over the course of a career, made a…
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Wyche Attorneys Recognized as Greenville’s “Legal Elite”

GREENVILLE, SC (August 5, 2015) – Greenville Business Magazine has recognized 22 Wyche attorneys as being among the area’s “Legal Elite”.  Additionally, the following Wyche attorneys have been recognized for receiving the top number of attorney votes in their fields: Mark Bakker (Labor and Employment), Melinda Davis Lux (Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions), Natalie Russell Dunham…
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Who Owns Social Media Accounts

Wyche Inside IP By Terrell W. Mills There is no question about the growing importance of social media to businesses’ marketing strategies.  Communications about a business are generally more effective and, therefore, more valuable, when coming from an individual and not a corporate account.  As a result, promotion of businesses often comes from personal accounts. …
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In Other Jeff Dunham News . . . Cybersquatting

Wyche Inside IP By Troy A. Tessier The Lanham Act, which provides federal trademark protection, also includes certain cyberpiracy prevention provisions designed to protect people and companies from the wrongful registration and use of internet domain names that deserve trademark protection.  Congress passed the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, 15 U.S.C. §1125(d), in 1999.  Under its…
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Don’t Mess With Walter the Dummy

Wyche Inside IP By Troy A. Tessier Jeff Dunham and Walter, a dummy character Jeff uses in his popular standup act, now have a new venue – federal court.  According to a complaint filed in federal court in California (Case No. 2:15-cv-05092), Anthony Horn is accused of knocking off the popular character of Walter and…
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National Bar Association Selects Meliah Bowers Jefferson for 40 Under 40 Award

GREENVILLE, SC (July 1, 2015) – The National Bar Association has chosen Wyche attorney Meliah Bowers Jefferson as one of the recipients of its 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates Award. The award recognizes the nation’s top lawyers under age 40 who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, including innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and…
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Wyche, P.A. Supports the Call to Remove the Confederate Battle Flag from the Grounds of South Carolina’s State Capitol

GREENVILLE, SC (June 23, 2015) – Wyche, P.A. joins and supports the chorus of voices calling for the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the grounds of our State Capitol.  It is beyond dispute that this flag is offensive and hurtful to legions of South Carolinians.  As such, that flag has no place on…
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Tally Parham Casey Chosen for the Liberty Fellowship

COLUMBIA, SC (June 17, 2015) – Wyche attorney Tally Parham Casey has been selected to participate in the Liberty Fellowship Class of 2017.  The Liberty Fellowship is a leadership initiative founded by Anna Kate and Hayne Hipp, Wofford College, and The Aspen Institute. Participants are chosen from across South Carolina based on their proven leadership…
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Chambers USA Recognizes Wyche as One of South Carolina’s Leading Law Firms

GREENVILLE, SC (May 20, 2015) – Chambers USA (“Chambers”) has recognized Wyche and 14 of its attorney in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.  Wyche’s Corporate/M&A, Environmental, Labor & Employment, Litigation, and Real Estate practices have been ranked among the best in South Carolina. The following Wyche attorneys have been…
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South Carolina Super Lawyers Recognizes 20 Wyche Attorneys

GREENVILLE, SC (April 23, 2015) – Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers, has recognized 20 Wyche attorneys in its 2015 South Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine.  The magazine features attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law.  Super Lawyers highlights Wallace Lightsey as one of the top 10 lawyers in South Carolina.  Along…
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Transforming the Fair Use Analysis – Seventh Circuit Criticizes “Transformative Use”

Wyche Inside IP By Troy A. Tessier Under the Copyright Act, “fair use” is a defense to a copyright infringement claim. According to the statute, the determination of fair use depends on four main factors: The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit…
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Wyche Corporate Connection: February 2015

A stockholder in a merger cannot be required to sign a release post-merger in order to receive the merger consideration. The Delaware Chancery Court recently examined a corporate merger that conditioned receipt of the merger consideration on the target stockholders signing a letter of transmittal releasing all claims against the acquirer.  The merger agreement itself…
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Four Wyche Attorneys Named Among “Greenville’s 50 Most Influential People” by Greenville Business Magazine

GREENVILLE, SC – Wyche attorneys Wallace Lightsey, Henry Parr, Matthew Richardson, and Troy Tessier have been named among “Greenville’s 50 Most Influential People” by Greenville Business Magazine.  The list highlights those who have made a significant impact shaping Greenville’s business and community landscape. Greenville Business Magazine recognized Lightsey, Parr, Richardson, and Tessier for their roles…
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South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Names Wallace Lightsey a 2015 Leadership in Law Honoree

GREENVILLE, SC – Wyche attorney Wallace Lightsey has been named a 2015 Leadership in Law Honoree by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly.  The award recognizes legal professionals from across South Carolina who have achieved success in their law practice, made contributions to society, and had an impact on the legal profession.  Lightsey is one of just…
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“Haley, DSS target of federal lawsuit; ‘dangerous deficiencies’ in state care cited”

The State A federal class action lawsuit was filed Monday against Gov. Nikki Haley and the Department of Social Services, saying a lack of heath care and other basic services is endangering children in the child welfare system. The complaint alleges Haley and DSS are responsible for drastic foster home shortages, excessive caseloads for agency…
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Wyche Hosts 100 Percent Panel to Create Stronger Businesses and Communities

GREENVILLE, SC (January 9, 2015) – Greenville-based law firm Wyche sponsored a panel discussion on Thursday, January 8th to explore how South Carolina can harness 100% of its citizens’ talents. The “100 Percent” panel comprised community leaders Nancy Whitworth – Director of Economic Development for the City of Greenville; Dick Wilkerson Chairman & President (Retired)…
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Wyche at Work: December 2014 Employment Update

Prepared by Mark Bakker December 2014 Local EEOC Lawsuit Activity EEOC Settles with Hospital in North Carolina The EEOC announced in late November that it had extracted an $85,000 settlement from Angel Medical Center, Inc. in Franklin, NC following a charge of disability discrimination. The EEOC brought a lawsuit against the hospital following a charge…
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Amos Workman Receives the Greenville County Bar Association’s Tommy Thomason Award

GREENVILLE, SC – Wyche attorney Amos Workman has been honored by the Greenville County Bar Association with the prestigious Tommy Thomason Award. The award was established in 1993 to recognize the Greenville lawyer who best exemplifies compassion, unshakeable integrity, strong personal values, dedication to the community, humility, and diplomacy. As the Greenville County Bar Association’s…
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Wyche Receives the Greenville Chamber ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award

GREENVILLE, SC – Wyche has been honored by the Greenville Chamber with the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award® for 2014. The award recognizes organizations with initiatives dedicated to creating cultures that encourage women employees to achieve their full leadership potential, and that give back to the larger community of women. “Wyche’s unique culture represents the true…
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Wyche Names Meliah Bowers Jefferson Shareholder

Greenville, SC – Wyche is pleased to announce that Meliah Bowers Jefferson has been named a shareholder of the firm. Jefferson focuses her practice at Wyche on complex commercial litigation, intellectual property law, and insurance coverage matters. She is on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Women Lawyer’s Association and serves on the…
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U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Recognizes Wyche as a 2015 “Best Law Firm”

Greenville, SC – Wyche has been named a Greenville Tier 1 “Best Law Firm” in 17 practice areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2015.  The selection is based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys in each practice area, and review of additional information…
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Meliah Bowers Jefferson Named One of Greenville’s “Best and Brightest 35 and Under”

GREENVILLE, SC – Meliah Bowers Jefferson, an attorney at Wyche, P.A., has been recognized as one of Greenville’s “Best and Brightest 35 and Under” by Southern First and Greenville Business Magazine.  The list highlights young Greenville leaders for accomplishments in their careers and their commitment to making a difference in the community.  Candidates are nominated…
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Wyche Attorneys Named The Best Lawyers in America©

GREENVILLE, SC – Best Lawyers® has recognized 21 Wyche attorneys as The Best Lawyers in America© 2015.   Best Lawyers also named five Wyche attorneys “Lawyer of the Year”. Eric Amstutz is the 2015 Greenville Corporate Governance Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Melinda Davis Lux is the 2015 Greenville Mergers and Acquisitions Law “Lawyer of…
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Leadership Greenville Selects Wade Kolb for Class 41

GREENVILLE, SC – Wyche attorney Wade Kolb has been selected for Leadership Greenville, Class 41. Leadership Greenville is a program designed and facilitated by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce to develop informed, committed, and qualified leaders for Greenville County. Participants are selected based upon their involvement in the community and their ability to achieve high…
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Wyche Attorneys Recognized as “Legal Elite” for the Third Year in a Row

GREENVILLE, SC – Greenville Business Magazine has recognized 17 Wyche attorneys as being among the area’s “Legal Elite”. For the third year in a row, Wyche placed more attorneys on the list than any other firm in the Upstate. These Wyche attorneys have been recognized as Greenville’s “Legal Elite”: Eric Amstutz – Corporate Law, Mergers…
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Elementary, My Dear Watson?

Wyche Inside IP By Troy A. Tessier There are a total of 60 Sherlock Holmes stories or novels published by Arthur Conan Doyle between 1887 and 1927.  Of those, only ten stories remain protected by copyright – the copyrights in all the others have expired. Leslie Klinger wanted to create an anthology of stories inspired…
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The Laches Defense in Copyright Cases – A Puncher’s Chance?

Wyche Inside IP By Troy A. Tessier Jake LaMotta was a world middleweight boxing champion who fought several epic battles with Sugar Ray Robinson in the 1940s and 1950s, and the subject of a popular movie, Raging Bull, in which LaMotta was portrayed by Robert DeNiro.  In 1950, LaMotta was involved in Ring Magazine’s Fight…
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Washington Redskins Trademark Decision

Wyche Inside IP By Terrell W. Mills The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) cancelled six Washington Redskin football team trademark registrations that included the word REDSKIN on June 18, 2014.  The TTAB concluded that the word REDSKIN was derogatory to Native Americans at the time…
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New Technology, Same Old Infringement

Wyche Inside IP By Troy A. Tessier Aereo, Inc. (“Aereo”) provided a monthly service allowing subscribers to select broadcast television programming available over the airwaves to be captured by an individual, subscriber-specific antenna, copied to an individual, subscriber-specific hard drive folder, and then streamed to that subscriber for viewing on a slight delay.  This new…
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Working it out

By Phillip Bantz South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Back in the 1990s a group of bar leaders in Greenville County started talking about a place where low-income litigants could mediate their disputes without having to pay high-priced private mediators. The group’s discussions resulted in the Upstate Mediation Center, a not-for-profit organization that over the last 15…
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Jonathan Cote Joins Wyche

GREENVILLE, SC – Jonathan Cote has joined Wyche as an associate, focusing his practice on transactional matters, including corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, and health care. Prior to joining Wyche, Cote was an associate at Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia where he focused primarily on health care matters. He also held an internship with…
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Chambers USA Recognizes Wyche as One of the Country’s Leading Law Firms

GREENVILLE, SC – Wyche has earned high rankings in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (“Chambers”). Chambers recognizes Wyche for its work in Litigation, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Labor & Employment, Real Estate, and Environment. Chambers also identifies 13 Wyche attorneys as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas based on in-depth client and peer…
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The NLRA’s Increased Role in the Non-Unionized Workplace

As seen in the South Carolina Bar’s Employment & Labor Law Newsletter, May 2014 Introduction to the National Labor Relations Act The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), among other things, grants employees the right to unionize, collectively bargain and engage in concerted activity for their mutual aid and protection.  See 29 U.S.C. 157. These rights…
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Inez Tenenbaum Receives Best Friend Award from Kids in Danger

Article from Kids in Danger Each year, KID commemorates our progress, honors the memory of Danny Keysar and other victims of unsafe children’s products, and highlights the contributions of our Best Friend — someone who has helped keep children safe. KID is delighted to present our 2014 Best Friend Award to Inez Tenenbaum, former CPSC…
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South Carolina Super Lawyers Recognizes 17 Wyche Attorneys

GREENVILLE, SC – Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers, has recognized 17 Wyche attorneys in its 2014 South Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine. The magazine features attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. Super Lawyers highlights Wallace Lightsey as one of the top 10 lawyers in South Carolina. Along with Lightsey, Wyche…
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Jo Hackl Selected for Riley Institute at Furman Diversity Leaders Initiative’s 17th Class

GREENVILLE, SC – Wyche attorney Jo Hackl is one of 41 leaders from across the Upstate and surrounding areas selected to participate in the 17th Upstate class of the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI). “Our Fellows represent our diverse state, including diversity of profession, experience and community. Where these established leaders are…
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US Justice Department Joins False Claims Act Lawsuit against For-Profit Hospital Chain & Ex- CEO for ER Admissions Scheme

Whistleblower lawsuit alleges that HMA, its former CEO Gary Newsome, and ER contractor EmCare induced and coerced ER doctors to admit more patients Columbia, SC – The U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) has intervened in a qui tam (whistleblower) False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that Health Management Associates, Inc. (HMA), the nation’s third-largest for-profit hospital…
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Henry Parr Chosen for the American Arbitration Association Appellate Panel

GREENVILLE, SC – Wyche attorney Henry Parr has been chosen to serve on the new American Arbitration Association (AAA) Appellate Panel. The AAA formed this panel in connection with its new Optional Appellate Arbitration Rules. Parr was selected based on his experience as an arbitrator, as well as his appellate experience. Parr serves on the…
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Ted Gentry Elected Chair of Wyche Executive Committee

GREENVILLE, SC – Ted Gentry has been elected Chair of Wyche’s Executive Committee by the firm’s membership. As Chair of the Executive Committee, Mr. Gentry will be responsible for the firm’s overall leadership and direction. He succeeds Wallace Lightsey who served as Chair of the Executive Committee for the past 6 years. “Ted has earned…
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Wyche Attorney Jo Hackl Receives the Community Foundation of Greenville’s Ruth Alexander Nicholson Award

GREENVILLE, SC – Wyche attorney Jo Hackl has been honored by the Community Foundation of Greenville with the Ruth Alexander Nicholson Award for 2013. The annual award recognizes a person who has made significant contributions to the Greenville community through volunteer work for the Community Foundation or to one of its projects, programs, or areas…
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U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Recognizes Wyche as a 2014 “Best Law Firm”

GREENVILLE, SC – Wyche has been named a Greenville Tier 1 “Best Law Firm” in 17 practice areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2014. The selection is based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys in each practice area, and review of additional information…
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Consumer Safety Chief Leaves a Small Agency With Bigger Powers

Article from New York Times Washington, DC (November 29, 2013) — When Inez M. Tenenbaum took over the Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2009, she found an agency in turmoil and uncertain of its mission to ensure that tens of thousands of products on American store shelves did not present a danger to buyers. By…
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Wade S. Kolb III named one of Greenville’s “Best and Brightest 35 and Under”

GREENVILLE, SC – Wyche attorney Wade S. Kolb III has been recognized as one of Greenville’s “Best and Brightest 35 and Under” by Southern First and Greenville Business Magazine. The list highlights young Greenville leaders for accomplishment in their careers and commitment to making a difference in the community. Honorees are selected through a thorough…
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Twenty-two Wyche Attorneys recognized as 2014 Best Lawyers in America©

GREENVILLE, SC – Twenty-two Wyche attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Additionally, Best Lawyers® named three Wyche attorneys “Lawyer of the Year”. Eric Graben was named the Best Lawyers 2014 Greenville Securities/Capital Markets Law “Lawyer of the…
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Seventeen Wyche Attorneys Recognized as “Legal Elite” by Greenville Business Magazine

GREENVILLE, SC – Greenville Business Magazine has recognized seventeen Wyche attorneys as the area’s “Legal Elite”. This marks the second year in a row that Wyche placed more attorneys on the list than any other firm in the Upstate. The magazine collected nominations from Greenville-area attorneys to determine the best lawyers in twenty practice areas.…
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Tommy Wyche to be the Greenville Drive’s 2013 Green Day Honoree

GREENVILLE, SC – Tommy Wyche will be the 2013 Green Day Honoree at the Greenville Drive game on August 6th at Fluor Field. Mr. Wyche is being honored for his dedication to conservation efforts in the Upstate and his commitment to revitalizing the City of Greenville. The Greenville Drive will celebrate Mr. Wyche’s impact on…
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Tommy Wyche is the 2013 Green Day Honoree

Tommy Wyche will be recognized as the 2013 Green Day Honoree at the Greenville Drive game on August 6th at Fluor Field.  Tommy is being honored for his dedication to conservation efforts in the Upstate and his commitment to revitalizing the city of Greenville. He was instrumental in turning Greenville’s Main Street into a thriving…
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Guest Blogger: Jenni Asman from Palmetto Green Schools Initiative

Although some South Carolina school buildings have received negative attention for their poor conditions, as featured in Bud Ferrillo’s 2006 documentary, “Corridor of Shame,” the Palmetto Green Schools Initiative is making progress in solving the problem of aging and energy inefficient schools. In 2007, South Carolina passed the Energy Efficiency and Construction Act, which mandates that…
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Wyche Achieves High Rankings in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

GREENVILLE, SC – Once again, Wyche has earned high rankings in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (“Chambers”). Chambers recognizes Wyche for its work in Litigation, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Labor & Employment, and Real Estate. Ten Wyche attorneys are identified as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas based on in-depth client and peer…
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Wyche Receives CREW Upstate South Carolina’s “Outstanding Leadership Organization Award”

GREENVILLE, SC – Wyche has been honored by the Upstate South Carolina chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) with its “Outstanding Leadership Organization Award” for 2013. The award recognizes organizations in the community that are leaders in advancing the success of women in the commercial real estate industry. “Wyche won this award because it…
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Meliah Bowers Jefferson Returns to Wyche

GREENVILLE, SC – Meliah Bowers Jefferson has rejoined Wyche after serving as law clerk to The Honorable J. Michelle Childs, United States District Judge. Ms. Jefferson focuses her practice on litigation and appellate work. Prior to her clerkship with Judge Childs, Ms. Jefferson was an associate at Wyche. She began her career serving as law…
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South Carolina Super Lawyers selects Wyche’s Henry Parr for 2013 magazine cover and recognizes sixteen Wyche attorneys

GREENVILLE, SC – Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers, has chosen Wyche’s Henry Parr for the cover of its 2013 South Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine, which features attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. In addition to selecting Henry Parr for the 2013 cover feature, the magazine named Wallace Lightsey to…
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SC Supreme Court rules for Richland County on penny tax

The State The March 22, 2013 edition of The State features an article entitled “SC Supreme Court rules for Richland County on penny tax” written by Dawn Hinshaw. Hinshaw writes that “A unanimous state Supreme Court has denied an anti-tax group’s protest of Richland County’s results of the Nov. 6 penny sales-tax referendum, paving the…
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Wyche Lawyer Jo Hackl Receives ATHENA Leadership Award at Greenville Chamber Annual Meeting

The Greenville Chamber Website The Greenville Chamber held its 124th Annual Meeting, presented by TD Bank, on Thursday, February 21, 2013, at TD Convention Center. The event featured keynote speaker David Seaton, Chairman and CEO of Fluor Corporation (see bio below). Also addressing attendees were Chamber President and CEO Ben Haskew and 2012 Board Chair…
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Restaurant owner fends off chain’s $4 million counterclaim

By David Donovan South Carolina Lawyers Weekly A Greenville restaurateur and owner of No Regrets Properties presumably has no regrets after a jury awarded him a verdict of over $64,000 against a national restaurant franchisor and rejected the national company’s $4 million counterclaim against him. Richard Godley agreed to set up a franchise of Indigo…
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Wyche Attorney Rita Bolt Barker Wins National Environmental Advocacy Award

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Wyche attorney Rita Bolt Barker is one of only 12 lawyers across the country to receive the prestigious “Distinguished Environmental Advocacy Award” from the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER). The award recognizes the contributions of lawyers to the development of law, policy and programs in the…
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“Top-tier Leaders Lend Experience, Expertise to Liberty Fellows”

Liberty Fellowship Website The Liberty Fellowship Program issued a press release on January 15, 2013 entitled “Top-tier Leaders Lend Experience, Expertise to Liberty Fellows” announcing the senior advisors for their Class of 2014. Two Wyche attorneys, Jo Watson Hackl and Matthew Richardson, both former Liberty Fellows, have been selected to serve as advisors. The full…
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Wyche Corporate Lawyers Wrapped Up 2012 with a Flurry of Deal Closings Collectively Valued at Over $650 Million

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Wyche corporate lawyers wrapped up 2012 with a flurry of deal closings including six acquisitions, four corporate financing deals, one merger, and the sale of one client’s business. The total value of these transactions is over $650 Million. “Wyche has an uncommonly deep and experienced bench of corporate lawyers for a…
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Rep. Vick, Sen. Pinckney election protests denied

The State The November 27, 2012 edition of The State features an article entitled “Rep. Vick, Sen. Pinckney election protests denied” written by Jeffrey Collins. Collins writes that “The South Carolina Election Commission turned aside protests Tuesday over Democratic State Rep. Ted Vick’s re-election in Chesterfield County and Democratic Sen. Clementa Pinckney’s re-election in the…
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Wyche Named Official Climate Challenge Partner by the American Bar Association and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The American Bar Association (ABA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently named Wyche, P.A. an official “Climate Challenge Partner.” This distinction is given to law firms that have taken steps to become better environmental and energy stewards. “Wyche has a long history of leading preservation and conservation efforts, so of…
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Wyche receives prestigious YMCA Red Triangle Award

Greer Today The November 9 edition of Greer Today featured an article entitled “”Wyche receives prestigious YMCA Red Triangle Award.” The article highlights that Wyche attorney, Tommy Wyche, received on November 8, 2012 the YMCA Red Triangle Award, joining a select group of 20 previous winners since the Greenville YMCA opened in 1876. Red Triangle…
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Wyche Recognized as a Top Tier Law Firm in 2013 “Best Law Firm” Rankings by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers®

GREENVILLE, S.C. – U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers have released the 2013 “Best Law Firms” rankings and Wyche once again received stellar rankings across a broad range of practice areas. These rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys…
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City of Greenville Dedicates Riverplace Bell Tower and Carillon to Tommy Wyche

GTV-15, the City of Greenville Television On September 6, 2012, the City of Greenville posted a video on GTV-15, the city’s YouTube channel, showing the ceremony which took place on August 23, 2012 to dedicate the new Riverplace Bell Tower and Carillon to Tommy Wyche. Mayor Knox White was joined by representatives from Hughes Development…
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More Wyche Lawyers Recognized as Best Lawyers in America® Than Ever Before

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Wyche is pleased to announce that 22 Wyche lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America® (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys…
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“The Timeless Ambition of Tommy Wyche”

The Greenville Business Magazine The August 2012 edition of The Greenville Business Magazine featured an article written by Brandy Woods Snow entitled “The Timeless Ambition of Tommy Wyche.” The full piece is included below, republished with permission from the magazine. Lawyer. Photographer. Author. Inventor. Musician. Champion tennis player. Conservationist. Supporter of the arts. Son, husband,…
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The Greenville Business Magazine Recognizes More Wyche Lawyers as “Legal Elite” Than Any Other Firm

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Greenville Business Magazine has recognized fifteen Wyche attorneys as the area’s “Legal Elite,” more than any other firm in the Upstate. In its first-ever survey, the magazine sent emails to 850 Greenville-area lawyers and asked them who, in their opinions, were the best lawyers in 20 practice areas. A total of 95…
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Client and Peer Reviews Encourage High Rankings for Wyche in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Wyche, P.A. is once again recognized in every practice area listed for the state of South Carolina in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (“Chambers”). These practice areas are Litigation, Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions, Labor & Employment, and Real Estate. In addition, nine Wyche attorneys were singled out…
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Berger Group of Companies’ Acquisition of Ranger International Services Group, Inc. Receives Three “Deal of the Year” Awards

GREENVILLE, S.C. – At the 2nd Annual Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) New York Champion’s Awards event held at Sotheby’s New York, the acquisition of Ranger International Services Group, Inc. (now known as Louis Berger Services, Inc.) by the Berger Group of Companies took home three separate “Deal of the Year” awards. Wyche represented Ranger…
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Court rules against Florence County treasurer

Scnow.com Scnow.com, part of The Morning News, featured an article on April 19, 2012 entitled “Court rules against Florence County treasurer” written by John Sweeney. Sweeney writes that “The war between the Florence County Council and Florence County treasurer may be winding down after the issuance of a court order saying the treasurer effectively broke…
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Court Sides with Wyche Lawyers and Rejects Elected Official’s Challenges to County Council’s Constitutional Authority

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Wyche attorneys John Moylan and Matthew Richardson represented Florence County Council in two lawsuits brought by the Florence County Treasurer, Dean C. Fowler, Jr., that raised constitutional challenges to the authority of County Council. In an Order signed this week, the Court sided with Wyche and Florence County Council, ruling in favor…
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Thirteen Wyche Attorneys Recognized by South Carolina Super Lawyers; Wallace Lightsey Named One of Top Twenty Five

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Thirteen Wyche attorneys were recognized in 2012 by South Carolina Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have obtained a high degree of peer recognition and professional accomplishment. Wallace Lightsey, Chair of Wyche’s Executive Committee, received special recognition as one of South Carolina’s top…
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Jo Watson Hackl: Stellar Leader

An Interview with Jo Watson Hackl, as seen on the blog, Nerdy Chicks Rule Nerdy Chicks Rule is a blog launched by Kami Kinard which celebrates the accomplishments of females who aren’t afraid to use brain power. On the blog, Kinard features weekly interviews with “cool nerdy chicks” and our very own Jo Watson Hackl…
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Wyche Attorneys Secure a $1.4 Million Verdict for Frank Betz Associates, Inc. in Architectural Works Copyright Infringement Case

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Wyche attorneys Wallace K. Lightsey and Troy A. Tessier secured a $1.4 million verdict for Frank Betz Associates, Inc. (“Betz”) in an architectural works copyright infringement case against Signature Homes, Inc., Brian Burns, and Signature Partnership, LLC. This verdict, one of the largest ever for an architectural works copyright case, was announced…
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Greenville defense contractor sold

The Greenville News The February 3, 2012 edition of The Greenville News features an article entitled “Greenville defense contractor sold,” highlighting Ranger International Services Group, Inc.’s recent acquisition by the Berger Group of Companies. Ranger, a Greenville-based defense contractor providing aviation, logistics, and engineering services at various sites around the world, is now a subsidiary…
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Ranger International Buyout Recognized as Deal of the Decade by The M&A Advisor Magazine

Marketwatch.com Marketwatch.com, part of The Wall Street Digital Network, included an article on January 11, 2012, recognizing Ranger International Services Group, a private equity consolidator specializing in technical services, for its recent award from The M&A Advisor magazine for its acquisition of US Logistics. The merger of US Logistics into Ranger International was deemed one…
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