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Constitutional Law

SCOTUS Ruling on “Slants” Trademark Leads to More Offensive Filings

Back on June 19, a unanimous Supreme Court struck down a law prohibiting the registering of “disparaging” trademarks, in a case dealing with an Asian-American band called “The Slants.” The ruling also ended the appeal filed by the Washington Redskins which had been denied a trademark for their name under the same provision. The Court […]

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Constitutional Law Intellectual Property Litigation

SCOTUS Ends Forum Shopping in Patent Cases

Well the docket of the Eastern Texas Federal District Court is going to get much lighter in the coming months and years. In a unanimous 8-0 decision, in a case titled TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, the Supreme Court held that a person or entity claiming patent infringement must bring the […]

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Intellectual Property Trademark Law

SCOTUS to Decide If “Scandalous” “Immoral” Terms Can Be Trademarked

In a case that presents a crossfire of First Amendment and intellectual property issues, the Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a case involving an Asian-American band that calls itself “the Slants.” The Slants had been denied a trademark for their name by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) under a Federal law that […]

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Employment Law

New NYC Law Makes Written Contracts Mandatory for Freelancers

Every holiday season, many NY City companies employ freelancers to fill a variety of roles for when the business gets swamped. Well starting in 2017, those businesses will need to comply with a new law that goes into effect May 15 2017 in the five boroughs of New York City. The law, appropriately named “The […]

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Criminal Law Employment Law

Jared’s Ex-Wife Sues Subway for Not Telling Her He Was a Pedophile

Kathleen McLaughlin, the ex-wife of convicted Subway pitchman Jared Fogle filed a lawsuit Monday in Indiana State Court contending she would never have married Fogle if the company had reported his sexual interest in children. The suit alleges that Subway’s parent company was warned about Fogle’s behavior at least three times but did not report […]

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Constitutional Law Litigation

In Fear of Trump Libel Suit, ABA Stops Article Labeling Him “Libel Bully”

The Media Law Committee of the American Bar Association commissioned a study to analyze GOP Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump’s history of using lawsuits to stifle criticism. The study was commissioned after Trump issued a series of declarations that he was going to sue several news outlets critical of him. The study was done by […]

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Litigation

Judge Dismisses Suit Against Starbucks Over Iced Drinks

A lawsuit brought against Starbucks in Federal Court in California over the amount of liquid in their iced drinks has been dismissed by the court as baseless. A plaintiff claiming to be a Starbucks consumer brought a class action lawsuit against the coffee giant alleging that its iced drinks contain less liquid in it than […]

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Litigation

Ay Caramba! Fed Judge Rules Trump Must Stand Trial Over “Trump U” Fraud Case

It’s not what The Donald waned to hear I’m sure. Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel — the same judge who Trump accused of being biased against him due to the Indiana native’s Mexican ancestry and Trump’s controversial positions on border security — is ordering Trump to stand trial in a Federal civil case field against him […]

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Intellectual Property Litigation

$1 Billion Lawsuit Against Getty Images Shows Effects of Trolling

Acclaimed photographer Carol Highsmith has filed a Federal lawsuit alleging violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act against Getty Images and other parties for their attempt to charge her and others for the use of her own photos. Ms. Highsmith has been praised by the Library of Congress for her donation of thousands and thousands […]