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  • Why Justice Thomas Sided With The Liberals In A Consumer Case

    On May 28, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Home Depot v. Jackson, and in an unusual configuration Justice Clarence Thomas joined with the liberals, writing the majority opinion. Justice Alito wrote the dissent. The matter...

    • Posted 2 weeks ago
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  • Deal Lawyers Take Note: Allies In Aborted Acquisition Find Their Diligence Wasn’t Privileged

    A third party, claiming it has been maligned, sued the two partners and said it wanted to see their communications leading up to their decision to back out.

    • Posted 2 weeks ago
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  • IP Watchdog Hammers Judge In Qualcomm Case

    Writing in IP Watchdog, James Edwards says federal district Judge Lucy Koh deserves a prize for the worst ever botch of an antitrust case involving patents. His reference is to her ruling in favor of the Federal...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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  • Major Ruling Re Trademark Licenses In Bankruptcy

    In an 8-1 decision handed down on May 20, the Supreme Court reversed the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals and ruled that a debtor-licensor’s rejection of a trademark license agreement does not terminate the rights of the...

    • Posted 4 weeks ago
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  • Houston School District Must Pay $9.2 Million In Copyright Suit

    The Houston Independent School District, the largest in Texas and one of the largest in the U.S., has lost a copyright infringement lawsuit and must pay $9.2 million to a Texas company that produces study guides. A...

    • Posted 4 weeks ago
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  • State Pirates Footage of Pirate’s Ship, Claims Immunity

    In the 1990s cinematographer Rick Allen shot footage of researchers salvaging the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, which ran aground off Beaufort, North Carolina in 1718. Allen registered his work with the U.S. Copyright Office. In...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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  • Sixth Circuit: Chalking Tires Violates Fourth Amendment

    The plaintiff was a woman who tires had been chalked fifteen times over a period of about three years. The district court had allowed her contention that the act of chalking was a search, but...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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  • Rare Supreme Court Victory for SEC

    In a ruling that will cheer the plaintiffs’ bar, the US Supreme Court in Lorenzo v. SEC  ruled that intentionally misleading investors was actionable even if the violator simply disseminated the misleading statements. The SEC found that...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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  • Judge Flags Celebrity Divorce Firm For Excessive Fees

    A law firm known for representing wealthy clients in divorce proceedings was chastised for excessive fees, in a high-profile case in Chicago. In its representation of Cancer Treatment Centers of America founder and investment banker Richard Stephenson,...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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  • A “Chilling Caution” On Expectation Of Privilege, From A Blackberry Case

    The market analyst’s report was bad news for BlackBerry, coming shortly after the company released an updated smartphone in 2013. The report said that following the rollout of the product there had been by an extraordinarily high...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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