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Truth or Consequences: Sanctions Fly in Telenovela Copyright Infringement Case

The case of Latele Television v. Telemundo Communications Group might have been a simple factual dispute over copyright ownership, but instead it has devolved into a series of accusations — including allegations of willful discovery…more

Department Of Health And Human Services Issues Proposed New Rules Implicating The Use Of Electronic Health Records And Patient Privacy

On December 8, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued a proposed rule related to changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program. These revisions promote the use of electronic health records by…more

FCC’s Retroactive Solicited Fax Opt-Out Waiver Window Closing

Businesses that engage in fax advertising and solicitation should pay careful attention to the recent ruling by the Federal Communications Commission clarifying that even fax advertisements sent with the prior express invitation or…more

Compliance and Contemplation

In December 2013 I returned to my computer, having been “off-line” for a little over fourteen months, and I couldn’t help but noticing the dramatic growth in the fields of legal, regulatory, audit and investigatory practices, all…more

Germany’s First National Minimum Wage Law Will Take Effect on January 1, 2015

On January 1, 2015, Germany’s Minimum Wage Law, or Mindestlohngesetz, will take effect. Under this first-ever national minimum wage law, almost any employee in Germany—including contract employees, as well as employees of employers…more

USPTO Fees Reduced for 2015

Effective January 17, 2015, the USPTO has announced a number of fee reductions for 2015, including a $50 reduction in the cost to file electronic applications ..…more

A December for Configuration Trademarks?

Every now and then it’s worth checking in at the USPTO to see what’s cooking in the world of non-traditional product configuration trademarks: As it turns out, the Big Green Egg is seeking to be more than a word mark — two days…more

Daubert Challenge to Damage Expert Denied Where Contested Matters Were for Cross-Examination and Not Proper for Exclusion

In this patent infringement action, Apple challenged the opinions of the plaintiff's damage expert on several bases, including the determination of a royalty rate based on the price of third-party applications…more

This “Appeal” Of Whole Foods’ No-Action Letter Isn’t Very Appealing

Last week, James McRitchie submitted an “appeal” of the staff’s grant of no-action advice to Whole Foods Market, Inc. As explained in a post by Broc Romanek, Whole Foods was able to obtain that staff’s concurrence in excluding Mr…more

PTAB: Patent Owner/Inventor Cannot Proceed Pro Se

In an IPR petition filed by petitioner Shire Development LLC, the petitioner sought review of patent owner, LCS Group, LLC's U.S. Patent No. 8,318,813. In its mandatory statement, the patent owner timely designated outside counsel to…more

Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Lawyer for Your Midland Funding Case

Finding a lawyer to represent you in your debt collection lawsuit against junk debt buyers like Midland Funding, Portfolio Recovery, CACH, LLC (or any other junk debt buyer) can be a difficult task. There aren’t a lot of lawyers like…more

Eastern District of Pennsylvania: Bad Faith Claim Rejected Where Insurer Requested Examination of Claimant, Made Settlement Offer Below Policy Limits, and Paid Award One Day After Appeal Period Expired

Stanford v. National Grange Ins. Co., Civil Action No. 11-7144 (E.D. Pa. Nov. 3, 2014). Eastern District of Pennsylvania grants insurer’s motion for summary judgment on bad faith claim in dispute over payment of proceeds under a…more

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