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B&B Hardware v Hargis Industries - Supreme Court: TTAB rulings refusing registration on likelihood of confusion grounds may be...

The United States Supreme Court has decided an important question of trademark law that has divided the courts of appeals. The Court held in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., No. 13-352, 575 U.S. ____, 2015...more

Using the Economic Loss Rule to Your Client's Benefit

All lawyers can benefit from having a toolbox of general legal knowledge with which to frame a case to their client's advantage. For business attorneys the economic loss rule is a particularly useful tool. At its...more

The PTAB May Be Taking a More Balanced Approach in Biotech and Pharmaceutical IPRs

Patent challengers were first able to file inter partes review (IPR) petitions on September 16, 2012. Since then IPRs have become an increasingly popular way of challenging the validity of patents. In the first three months...more

Supreme Court Crafts Modified McDonnell Douglas Analysis to Handle Pregnancy Discrimination Claims

On March 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a long-awaited decision in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., wherein the Court vacated the Fourth Circuit’s decision to affirm UPS’s successful motion for...more

Toward Class Actions for Health-Related Claims in France

Class actions – which are progressively becoming part of the legal landscape in France as “actions de groupe” – will probably soon be extended to personal injury claims against health products manufacturers, suppliers or...more

Result-Driven Affirmance of Birth Defect Verdict

We have said it before – birth defect cases are hard. Juries and judges are sympathetic where the individual whose health is at issue had no say in the matter. We have also said that we do not like it when judges frame the...more

Supreme Court: TTAB Decisions May Have Preclusive Effect in Litigation

Issuing its second trademark decision in 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States in a 7–2 decision reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, concluding that an administrative ruling by the U.S. Patent...more

Family Medical Leave Act Now Covers Same-Sex Couples

The U.S. Department of Labor recently finalized a rule to extend the protections afforded by the Family Medical Leave Act to married same-sex couples. ...more

Ambiguity in Court’s Construction Creates Objective Reasonableness of Infringement and Negates Exceptional Case Determination -...

Addressing the award of attorneys’ fees by the district court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of fees under § 285 and affirmed the district court’s denial of fees under §...more

Federal Circuit Narrows Patent Exhaustion Doctrine - Helferich Patent Licensing, LLC v. The New York Times Co.

Addressing the scope of the judicially created doctrine of patent exhaustion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a lower court’s summary judgment of non-infringement, finding that patent exhaustion...more

Supreme Court Limits Employers' Ability to Distinguish Between Causes of Work Restrictions When Denying Accommodations to Pregnant...

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the much-awaited Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. pregnancy discrimination case, as we first reported in our Supreme Court Decides Young v. United Parcel...more

“Spacious Accommodations”: Supreme Court Breaks New Ground in Pregnancy Discrimination Case

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, revived a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought by Peggy Young against United Parcel Service (“UPS”). The decision vacated the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’...more

No Collateral Estoppel in Subsequent Case Where Decision in Earlier Case Subject to Multiple Possible Theories - United Access...

Addressing the applicability of the collateral estoppel doctrine, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit concluded that there was no collateral estoppel barring the patentee from reasserting the same patent claims...more

Intellectual Property Legal News: Volume 2, Number 1

TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS: IS IT TIME TO RETHINK HOW YOU WILL ARGUE CLAIM CONSTRUCTION? The United States Supreme Court decided in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. v. Sandoz Inc. that the Federal Circuit must review all...more

Lender Beware: The Pitfalls of Narrowly Defined Secured Obligations

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit underscores the substantial risks secured lenders take when they narrowly define the obligations intended to be secured by their borrowers’...more

Hospital Wins First Round Against Largest Rival in Antitrust Suit Alleging Illegal Exclusive Dealing Agreements with Insurers

The waves of change affecting health care providers include reimbursement and funding developments, the impact of the Affordable Care Act, technological and medical advances, provider network design transformations imposed by...more

Wannabe Derivative Plaintiffs of Delaware Corporations Cannot Skirt Delaware Law By Filing Suit in California

It is well-established that a shareholder-plaintiff may not assert derivative claims against a corporation’s officers or directors unless he or she makes a pre-suit demand on the corporation’s board of directors and alleges...more

Court Applies Concepcion And Compels Arbitration, Rejecting Claim That Agreement Precluded “Effective Vindication Of State...

In a putative class action alleging violation of Pennsylvania labor laws, unfair trade practices, and other state law claims brought by a franchisee against the franchisor and two subsidiaries, the court stayed the...more

Supreme Court’s Omnicare Decision Muddies Section 11 Opinion Liability Standards

The Supreme Court has a long history of rejecting expansive interpretations of implied private rights of action under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act. Most notably, since 1975, it rejected the argument that mere...more

Serving Legal Documents On Time Can Be Tricky

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg runs into litigation service deadlines on a regular basis. It can be confusing calculating when a legal document is considered “served” according to the Code of Civil...more

‘Primary User’ of Cell Phone Number Can Sue under TCPA, Florida Federal Court Holds

The "primary user" of a cell phone line has standing to sue under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), even when another party is the actual subscriber to the service, a federal court in Florida has ruled. The case...more

N.C. Court of Appeals Reminds of Factual Findings Required for Award of "Reasonable" Attorney Fees

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently reversed an award of attorney fees by the trial court on the basis that the trial court did not render the appropriate findings of fact. We're talking about Brown's Building...more

U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Preclusive Effect of Likelihood of Confusion Rulings by Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

Adverse findings in trademark registration opposition and cancellation proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) may come back to bite the parties to these relatively inexpensive administrative...more

Supreme Court to Securities Issuers: Beware What You Omit When Stating Your Opinions

Deciding this Term’s big securities case, a unanimous Supreme Court held on March 24 that a statement of opinion does not become actionable under the “untrue statement of material fact” clause of section 11 of the Securities...more

BC Supreme Court to Consider Cumulative Impacts of Resource Development on Treaty Rights

On March 3, 2015, Blueberry River First Nation (“BRFN”) sued the Province of BC seeking to break new ground by considering the cumulative impacts of resource development on BRFN’s traditional territory and treaty rights....more

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