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Three Stripes and You’re Out: adidas Seeks to Protect its Mark

On March 17, 2017, athletic apparel giant, adidas, filed suit against Juicy Couture, Inc. asserting trademark infringement and unfair competition claims. The case is styled adidas America Inc. et al. v. Juicy Couture Inc., Case Number…more

Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Clarifies Copyright Eligibility for Useful Articles

While much of the legal press may be speculating about the future of the Supreme Court’s Chevron test, yesterday the Court considered a very different kind of “chevron”—a design on a cheerleader uniform. In Star Athletica LLC v…more

Michigan Treasury Issues Revised Interpretation of Unitary Business Groups Following LaBelle Decision

On February 28, 2017, the Michigan Department of Treasury issued guidance in response to the Supreme Court's denial of Treasury's application to appeal LaBelle Management, Inc v Michigan Department of Treasury, 315 Mich App 23 (2016)…more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules WARN Claimants/Workers Must Get Priority Over Other Unsecured Creditors In Bankruptcy

Seyfarth Synopsis: A bankruptcy court overseeing an employer’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding allowed the employer to pay certain unsecured creditors before paying Worker Adjustment And Retraining Notification Act (“WARN”) creditors…more

EU Threatens to Bring Shipping Within Its Emissions Trading Scheme Unless the IMO Sets a Target for Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Last week the top EU climate official, Jos Delbeke, issued a challenge to the International Maritime Organization (the IMO) to adopt an ambitious target for reduction of emissions as part of the IMO’s planned 2018 strategy on reduction…more

Deadline for Plan Sponsors to Submit Qualification Amendments with the Puerto Rico Treasury is Fast Approaching

Employers that sponsor an employee retirement plan in Puerto Rico must review plan amendments and/or restatements adopted during 2016 to determine whether they need to submit their plan documents to the Puerto Rico Department of the…more

Behaviour and Compliance in organisations – Occasional paper 24

The principal approach taken by the FCA towards ensuring firm compliance has largely been based on a detection and punishment approach. However, a new study conducted by the FCA suggests this can be complemented by changing the ways in…more

Does the First Sale Doctrine Protect the Reselling of Genuine Goods that Include Non-Genuine Replacement Parts with the Original Trademark Retained? C.D.Cal Denied the Application of First Sale Doctrine as Defense in a Trademark Infringement Claim

Rolex Watch USA., INC. v. Krishan Agarwal, 2012 WL 12886444 (C.D. Cal. 2012) - TAKEAWAY - The First Sale Doctrine in Trademark Law will provide only limited protection to resellers of luxury products who have refurbished or…more

Washington Continues to Consider a Carbon Tax and Defends Clean Air Rule

This is the first installment in the West Coast Carbon Policy Update — Three Part Series, which will examine carbon policies along the West Coast in Washington, Oregon, and California. While federal efforts to reduce greenhouse…more

In re Ethicon: Connecting Seemingly Unrelated Dots May Support An Obviousness Conclusion

Composition claims are often rejected as obvious over the combinations of prior art referenced, that separately claim the ingredients of the claimed combination. Moreover, often the disclosure of the claimed ingredients is in the…more

U.S. Supreme Court Limits Laches Defense in Patent Cases

In SCA Hygiene Products AB et al. v. First Quality Baby Products LLC et al., the United States Supreme Court held that laches cannot be invoked as a defense against a claim for patent infringement damages brought within U.S.C §286’s…more

Fourth Money Laundering Directive (MLD4)

The MLD4 will amend and replace the Third Money Laundering Directive (MLD3) on 26 June 2017. This is the date by which all member states are required to bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to…more

A Ninth Circuit Blueprint for a RICO Class Action

Takeaway: Civil RICO claims usually present complex issues. As civil causes of action predicated on violations of criminal law, a RICO plaintiff must prove (1) conduct (2) of an enterprise (3) through a pattern (4) of racketeering…more

Oregon Attorney General Announces $545,000 Settlement with Retailer

The Oregon AG recently announced a $545,000 settlement with the Vitamin Shoppe over allegations that the store violated Oregon state law by selling dietary supplements containing ingredients that FDA has deemed unsafe or unlawful. The…more

Foreign Filing License in a Jiffy

Foreign filing licenses are pretty routine: file an application and (assuming the application is not marked by a security screener) with the filing receipt or another USPTO official notice, there will be an indication that a foreign…more

U.S. Supreme Court Eliminates Defense Of Laches In Patent Infringement Cases

On March 21, 2017, in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolah Et al. v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, Et al. (Case No. 16-927), the U.S. Supreme Court eliminated laches — an equitable doctrine barring suits after unreasonable delays — as a…more

Specimen Showing Display of a Trademark on a Door Insufficient to Show Use of a Service Mark

On February 23, 2017, in a non-precedential opinion, the TTAB affirmed a PTO refusal of Republic National LLC’s service mark based upon the failure of its specimen to demonstrate use in connection with the covered…more

Has the Supreme Court invalidated almost two years of actions by the NLRB Acting General Counsel? (Maybe, but employers shouldn’t get too excited.)

For the second time, the U.S. Supreme Court has handed a setback to the efforts of the Obama Administration to make appointments to leadership positions in the National Labor Relations Board. In Noel Canning (2014), the Supreme Court…more

Neste Renewable Diesel Reduces GHG Emissions By 6.7 Million Tons

On March 9, 2017, Neste, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), announced that its My Renewable Diesel helped reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 6.7 million tons in 2016. The reduction of carbon…more

SCOTUS Declares That Time Has Expired for Laches Defense in Patent Cases

On March 21, the Supreme Court of the United States held in Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products that laches is not a defense to a damages claim when the Patent Act’s six-year statute of limitations has yet to…more

Proposed Maryland Law Would Permit HOAs To Collect A Fee For Resale Inspections

House Bill 34 in the Maryland General Assembly would give homeowner associations the right to collect a fee relating to inspections during the resale process. The proposed law would entitle an HOA to charge “a reasonable fee not to…more

Supreme Court Eliminates Laches Defense in Patent Cases

For decades, defendants accused of patent infringement could assert the defense of laches to eliminate damages that accrued before the patent owner sued if the plaintiff’s unreasonable delay in filing suit prejudiced the defendant…more

Federal Circuit PTAB Appeal Statistics – March 2017

Through March 1, 2017, the Federal Circuit decided 172 PTAB appeals from IPRs and CBMs. The Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB on every issue in 132 (76.74%) cases, and reversed or vacated the PTAB on every issue in 15 (8.72%) cases…more

Senate Takes Next Step in Eliminating OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

On March 22, 2017, the Senate voted to kill an OSHA regulation that would enable employers to be cited for recordkeeping violations that occurred as long as five years ago. OSHA had created the rule to try to get around court decisions…more

Dreaming Big: Broad Trademark Protection Requires an Actual Bona Fide Intent to Use

Trademark owners applying for “intent to use” applications risk loss of trademark rights if the identification of goods services in the intent to use application is broader than the actual intended use of the mark. Brand owners…more

Damages Directive and competition claims

The Damages Directive came into force in the UK on 9 March 2017. This change is important, as the risk of competition claims is likely to increase steadily across the EU. What may be less obvious, but is equally significant, is that…more

Hip Hip Hooray! Supreme Court Upholds Copyright Protection for Cheerleader Uniforms

On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court, in a 6-2 opinion by Justice Thomas, affirmed the Sixth Circuit’s holding that the two-dimensional graphic designs on Varsity Brands’ cheerleading uniforms are eligible for copyright protection…more

New PBOC Circular potentially raises the overseas borrowing ceiling for borrowers in China: but is it a game changer?

On 11 January 2017, the People's Bank of China ("PBOC"), China's central bank, issued the People's Bank of China Circular on Matters relating to the Full Bore Macroprudential Administration of Cross-Border Financings ("New PBOC…more

Privacy TIp #79 – Consumer Reports Will Help Us With Privacy + Security of Products

What a great idea! Trusty Consumer Reports has announced that it is collaborating with three cybersecurity firms to “create a new standard that safeguards consumers’ security and privacy—and we hope industry will use that standard…more

AIG Europe Limited v Woodman and others

On 22 March 2017, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the case of AIG Europe Limited v Woodman and others, in which they considered the meaning of the words 'a series of related matters or transactions' within an aggregation…more

Court Upholds ULP Finding Against Employer Despite Union “Gamesmanship”

An employer that withdraws recognition from a union as the exclusive bargaining agent of its employees does so, as the Board and Courts say, “at its peril.” It’s a risky move, one that requires objective evidence that a union has…more

The Supreme Court - March, 2017 #3

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases today: Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., No. 15-649: Respondent Jevic Transportation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This spawned two lawsuits…more

China opens up the securities investment fund management industry: the first in a journey of ten thousand steps?

On 30 June 2016, the industry self-regulating body, the Asset Management Association of China published what, on the face of it, appeared to be a fairly innocuous document entitled Questions and Answers regarding the Registration and…more

IRS Sets Deadline for Retroactive Fixes to 403(b) Retirement Plan Documents

In January 2017, the IRS published Revenue Procedure 2017-18 which set March 31, 2020 as the last day to take advantage of the remedial amendment period under Revenue Procedure 2013-22 to retroactively fix defects in 403(b) retirement…more

Charles M. Callahan and Daniel O. King Obtain Defense Verdict

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC is pleased to announce Charles M. Callahan and Daniel O. King obtained a defense verdict for their client, a Kingman, Arizona mental health clinic, after a six (6) day jury trial. Our client was sued…more

Brexit Process to Begin on March 29

The following alert is directed to organizations with a presence in the UK or who anticipate the need to place talent at a UK work site. Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 29, 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May will invoke Article…more

Insurance Recovery Group News: Murtha Cullina Helps Policyholder Prevail Before Connecticut Appellate Court In Asbestos Coverage Dispute

In a significant Connecticut Appellate Court victory for policyholders, Murtha Cullina LLP helped Vanderbilt Minerals, LLC prevail in its coverage case against more than 20 of its insurance carriers, who had issued policies from the…more

340B Program Ceiling Price and CMP Final Rule Delayed Until May 22

On 20 March 2017, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) published an Interim Final Rule (IFR) delaying the effective date of the 340B Ceiling Price and Civil Monetary Penalties (CMP) Rule (the Final Rule) until 22 May…more

Communications With Your Broker May Be Privileged

Are communications among a client, a third party, such as an insurance broker, and the client’s attorney privileged? The answer is yes, if the communications are confidential and reasonably necessary to accomplish the purpose for which…more

SEC Registered Investment Advisers—A Review of 2016 and a Look at What’s Ahead for 2017

As we near the seventh anniversary of the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), private equity and hedge fund advisers are subject to an ever-increasing degree of supervision by the…more

Key priorities of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada in 2017

The privacy law regime in Canada affects any organization whose business involves dealing with the personal information of Canadians. Canada’s main private sector privacy legislation is the federal Personal Information Protection and…more

Rating - the road to revaluation: Check, Challenge, Appeal: Wrong but not unreasonable will suffice...

The headlines continue to be dominated by the 2017 revaluation and the disappointing approach to reform delivered by the Chancellor's Spring Budget, which simply repeats the government's commitment to more regular revaluations with yet…more

U.S. Supreme Court Passes On Opportunity To Address Scope of Dodd-Frank “Whistleblower” Provision

On Monday, March 20, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in Verble v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC. (No. 16-946), thereby declining an opportunity to resolve a conflict amongst circuit courts as to…more

2016 GAO Bid Protest Annual Report

GAO recently released its annual report to Congress, which included data concerning its protest ?lings for Fiscal Year 2016. Based on the data, 2016 was an historic year. GAO not only decided more cases on the merits in 2016 than in…more

Bank of England Deputy Governor for Markets & Banking and Chief Operating Officer Resigns

Charlotte Hogg has formally offered her resignation to the Bank of England, which was publicly accepted on March 14, 2017. Ms. Hogg held the positions of both Deputy Governor Markets & Banking and Chief Operating Officer..…more

New Mexico On the Brink of Passing Data Breach Law

On March 15, 2017, New Mexico's Senate passed H.B. 15, which would create the state's first data breach notification law. New Mexico is currently one of only three states (including Alabama and South Dakota) without a data breach…more

Searches of Devices at the U.S. Border

Seyfarth Synopsis: Although longstanding policy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorizes searches of electronic devices in the possession of travelers arriving in the United States, recent reports of such searches have…more

Supreme Court eliminates key defense in many patent infringement suits

In a strong reversal of the Federal Circuit, the US Supreme Court held in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v First Quality Baby Products, LLC, No. 15-927 (March 21, 2017), that delay by a patentee will not give rise to a laches defense…more

New Beer Reporting Requirement Form Released

With the passage of Act 166 of 2016, effective January 17, 2017, Pennsylvania licensed breweries must now report to the Pa.L.C.B. the volume of malt or brewed beverages sold at their premises to consumers and self-distribution sales…more

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Joins List of Endangered Species Despite Delay

On January 11, 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published a final rule listing the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The rusty patched bumble bee’s…more

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