Monthly Archives: January 2013

PLI MP3s and MP4s Qualify as Participatory Credit in CA

Good news for our California attorneys! PLI has recently received confirmation from the California State Bar that our MP3s and MP4s qualify for participatory credit under the Bar’s MCLE rules. They had previously been classified as self-study.  As such, all certificates issued to attorneys in California for MP3s and MP4s now indicate participatory credit.  Librarians, let your California-based lawyers know!

New Edition of Art Law

PLI recently published the Fourth Edition of our acclaimed ART LAW treatise.

Widely acknowledged as the cornerstone reference for visual art professionals and their attorneys since it was first published in 1989, ART LAW provides unsurpassed legal, business, financial, tax, and estate planning information and guidance for this major sector of the creative arts.

Written by two of America’s foremost art law authorities and stocked with more timesaving forms, checklists, charts, and procedural guides than ever before, the new Fourth Edition of ART LAW enables you to:

  • Draft effective agreements clearly defining the rights and obligations of the parties involved, whether they’re artists, dealers, collectors, investors, appraisers, museums, or auction houses
  • Create tax-advantaged strategies for collectors and artists — with the help of detailed coverage of complete and partial inter vivos charitable transfers, noncharitable transfers, deductions of expenses when selling collections, outright bequests of artwork, and income tax deductions for expenses when creating art
  • Minimize the legal exposure of clients — by helping collectors avoid valuation errors, dealers avoid conflicts of interest, artists avoid copyright infringement, and art experts avoid liabilities when rendering opinions about art

Just published, the new Fourth Edition has been completely updated to reflect the most recent legal developments and business trends and includes new material in each chapter as well as a new stand-alone chapter on Holocaust-looted art.

ART LAW includes a host of step-by-step, field-tested checklists and a vast storehouse of adaptable model agreements involving collectors and dealers, artists and dealers, and dealers and dealers, as well as forms for appraisals, property exchanges, tax-free exchanges, loans and promised gifts from artists’ estates, dealings with auction houses, private and public  commissions, and museum donations.

Distilling an immense body of law into two practical, transaction-oriented volumes, the new Fourth Edition of ART LAW is required reading for anyone who buys, sells, collects, appraises, authenticates, exhibits, restores, creates, invests, or advises in the visual art world.

If you’d like to order our new edition of ART LAW, please email the Library Relations Help Desk or call 877-900-5291.


PLI Course Handbooks Published in December 2012

Listed below are the PLI Course Handbooks that were published in December 2012:

Commercial Law and Practice

Corporate Law and Practice

Health Law Series

Intellectual Property

Litigation and Administrative Practice

Real Estate Law and Practice

Tax Law and Estate Planning

If you have any questions or would like to order a title, please email the Library Relations Help Desk or call 877-900-5291.

Discover PLUS Course Handbook Archive

Following any great product launch there will always be remaining items on the wish list. Since the successful launch of Discover PLUS, we’ve received many requests for access to PLI Course Handbooks published from 1984 – 2008. Adding this Course Handbook archive to Discover PLUS remains our top priority and should be available soon. In the interim, PLUS subscribers can send any requests for archival materials our way—please include the title, the year in which the book or chapter was published, and any other citation information—and we’ll do our best to obtain those for you ASAP.

Send archive requests to or call 877-900-5291.

Financial Institutions Answer Book 2013

In December, PLI published Financial Institutions Answer Book 2013.

Reflecting the many statutory and regulatory changes made since the beginning of the recent economic downturn, the newly published Financial Institutions Answer Book 2013 provides, in a handy Q&A format, a comprehensive overview of the complex federal requirements regulating financial institutions in the United States. Every aspect of a financial institution’s life cycle is covered, from understanding the differences in regulation based on what type of charter is chosen, through ongoing capital and deposit activities requirements and major changes in corporate control, to the cessation of entity activity through merger, acquisition or entity failure.

Financial Institutions Answer Book 2013 covers the entire spectrum of financial institution regulation, including:

  • Regulating the creation of branch offices
  • Corporate governance
  • Executive compensation
  • Deposit insurance requirements
  • Insider and affiliate transactions
  • Anti-money laundering and U.S. trade sanctions
  • Examination and audit
  • Privacy and data security.

Written by leading practitioners in this complex area, Financial Institutions Answer Book 2013 is an up-to-date guide to this fast-changing area of the law. It provides an excellent desk reference for the experienced practitioner, as well as a comprehensive introduction for the attorney new to the practice area.

If you have any questions or would like to order a copy of this title, please contact PLI’s Library Relations Department (877-900-5291;

December 2012 Treatises Updates

In December 2012, the following PLI Treatises were updated:

If you are on standing order for any of the above titles, these releases have already been shipped. If you would like to place an order, please email or call 877-900-5291.

Free One-Hour Briefing on the America Invents Act

January 17, 2013, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (E.S.T.)

John J. Calvert of the United States Patent and Trademark Office and James H. Patterson, principal at Patterson Thuente Christensen Pedersen, P.A. in Minneapolis will discuss the formation, implementation and future plans for the America Invents Acts (AIA) pro bono program.

The AIA requires that the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) work with local intellectual property (IP) organizations across the country in establishing pro bono patent application services for inventors and small businesses. Since the passage of this bill, four pro bono programs have begun offering services. At least 13 additional programs are in the planning stages. As these programs expand, more inventors and small businesses who qualify will potentially be able to receive pro bono assistance from qualified patent attorneys in filing patent applications. The overarching goal is to make the patent system affordable to those who do not have the financial resources to hire an attorney and to also ensure that no meritorious invention goes lacking for protection due to financial burden.

It is the intention of the program that patents should be issued to individuals and small businesses that can make contributions to society and have the potential to create jobs. This goal will only be obtained through the involvement of organizations that assist in the creation or growth of new businesses. To this end, each pro bono program is run through a local or state IP law association and utilizes a non-profit organization as the administrative body.

The program discussion will center around the following:
• A brief history of the start of the pro bono pilot program
• An overview of the AIA pro bono program
• What qualifications are looked at for entry into the program
• The National Clearinghouse and how does it connect to the regional pro bono programs
• What regional programs are in the works
• How to find additional information
• What plans are in the work for future expansion

Don’t miss this important Free Briefing–register today!