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  • Smoke-Tainted Grapes Yield Knotty Coverage Dispute In CA

    California wildfires, particularly those that hit Napa and Sonoma counties in 2017, smoke-damaged acres of grapes that were destined for wine-making. For some growers, attempts to collect on insurance policies are running into resistance. The issues are...

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  • Japan Going Whole-Hog To Coal, And A Lawsuit Looms

    Still reeling from the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, Japan is moving ahead with plans for construction of as many as 22 new coal-fired power plants. The proposals have generated unusual pushback in Japan, and residents of...

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  • AI and ML Patents By the Numbers

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted 14,838 patents that mentioned artificial intelligence or machine learning in 2019, roughly double the issuance in 2018, writes Al AuYeung, an IP attorney at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. The average...

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  • Contraceptive Rights v. The Little Sisters of the Poor, Round 2

    Kevin C. Walsh, professor of law at the University of Richmond, writes that The Little Sisters of the Poor are headed back to the Supreme Court, where they will win a victory that “could end up benefiting...

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  • BAM! This Suit Has Been “Litigated At Nauseum,” Says POW! Entertainment

    POW! Entertainment says the suit challenging its ownership of the late comic book creator Stan Lee’s intellectual property and likeness rights is “grossly selfish,” and the issue has been “vociferously litigated and relitigated ad nauseam.” Lee co-created...

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  • McLawsuit Was Considered, But Cooler Heads Prevailed

    The Oxford English Dictionary began including the term “McJob” in 2001, citing usages as early as 1986, and defining it as “an unstimulating, low-paid job with few prospects, especially one created by the expansion of the service...

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  • Privacy Is What We Do

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai addressed antitrust concerns about his company at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “With our scale rightfully comes scrutiny,” he acknowledged, and said the hundreds of startups Google invests in every year...

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  • Harvard’s Sanctions of Single-Gender Groups Loses Round One

    Harvard is scheduled to begin sanctioning single-gender final clubs and Greek organizations from holding campus leadership positions, varsity team athletic captaincies and from receiving College endorsement for prestigious fellowships, beginning with the class of 2021. In response,...

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  • Sponsor of Bill to Deter Frivolous Lawsuits is a Serial Litigant

    Rep. Devin Nunes of California co-sponsored a bill called the Discouraging Frivolous Lawsuits Act, a laudable goal, but it seems the legislation is aimed solely at plaintiffs who don’t like the way the Clean Water Act is...

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  • Real Money to Peanuts In An Instant

    A Maryland man who sued a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary for failing to warn that boys using its antipsychotic drug Risperdal could grow breasts has seen the $8 billion verdict he won slashed to $6.8 million by...

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