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Hallmark Cards Awarded $47 Million for Misappropriation of Four-Year-Old Market Research

The number of data theft/trade secret cases that go to trial is growing, as are the size of the verdicts. For example, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a $47 million total recovery for Hallmark Cards for...more

Hallmark Recovers $47 Million for Theft of Greeting Card Market Research, Eighth Circuit Says Ok

A fascinating, salacious trade secrets case out of the Western District of Missouri and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals...more

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Giving Someone Trade Secrets Injures the Owner, and Using Them Does Too

How do two companies end up liable for nearly $50 million in damages relating to confidential, trade secret materials? Like many romances gone awry, this tale arose from actions taken under cover of secrecy that did not look...more

Business Litigation Reporter -- June 2014

Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation sessions and related courts throughout the country – courts within which...more

“Raging Bull” Decision Highlights Importance of ADR in Entertainment Disputes

“Raging Bull” is a classic 1980 motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta. In the case of Petrella v. Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., the United States Supreme Court recently...more

FTC v. Actavis on Remand: A New Chapter

District Court refuses to grant renewed motion to dismiss based on Noerr-Pennington doctrine. In re AndroGel Antitrust Litigation (No. II), MDL No. 2084 (re Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc., No. 1:09-CV-955-TWT)...more

Business Litigation Reporter - March 2014

In This Issue: Main Article: ..Russia’s Recently Enacted Anti-Bribery Laws Noted With Interest: ..Are Courtroom Technology Costs Reasonably Necessary To The Conduct Of Litigation In California...more

Arbitration Proceedings Do Not Trigger the One-Year Bar Period for IPR

Although an inter partes review (IPR) can be a powerful weapon to challenge a patent, it comes with a key limitation: a petition for IPR cannot be filed more than one year after the requester has been "served with a complaint...more

The GPMemorandum - Issue 177

In This Issue: - Washington Federal Court Denies Motion To Hold Defendants In Contempt Of Consent Judgment For Trademark Infringement: A federal judge in Seattle has denied a franchisor’s motion for a contempt...more

ITC Section 337 Update – January 17, 2014

Commission Confirms Licensing-Based Domestic Industry Must Be Tied To Article That Practices Asserted Patent In 841 Investigation – On January 9, 2014, the Commission issued an Opinion in Certain Computers And...more

JAMS Dispute Resolution -- Summer 2013

In This Issue: U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Class Arbitrations; ADR CONVERSATIONS; ADR News & Case Updates; DOMESTIC FOCUS - Handling the Oncoming Tide of Generic Top-Level Domain Name Disputes; GOOD WORKS - Innovative...more

Xbox One: Single Player Lawsuits Only

Microsoft is dropping its new console, the Xbox One, just in time for Christmas this year. The official unveiling occurred last month and reviews have been . . . mixed. The most controversial aspects of the console were...more

Patent Watch: InterDigital Commc'ns, Inc. v. Int'l Trade Comm'n

"[A]n ITC order terminating an investigation on the basis of an arbitration agreement [is] an appealable final determination under 19 U.S.C. § 1337(c) [over which the Federal Circuit has] jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. §...more

CIS Legal Updates - May 2013: Litigation Updates

Recent rulings by Russia’s Supreme Arbitrazh (Commercial) Court (SAC) have clarified dispute resolution procedural issues in Russian courts. In particular, the following resolutions were adopted...more

Arbitrator’s Creative IP Remedy Upheld Because It Furthered “General Aims Of Agreement”

In a dispute over whether an arbitrator has authority to grant a video game developer and publisher a perpetual license in the intellectual property as a remedy for the developer’s fraud and breaches of contract, the Fifth...more

IP: Three things to know about mediating licensing disputes - Follow these tips to have the best opportunity for settlement in IP...

The number of IP disputes resolved in mediation has continued to increase as more attorneys make efforts to find a speedy resolution and cut litigation time and cost for their clients. Only a small percentage of costly patent...more

Domain-Name Rights: Pursue Them or Lose Them, Arbitrator Rules

Domain-name registrants who sit on their rights rather than go after trademark infringers do so at their peril. In a case decided last July, an arbitrator for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) held that a...more

What Can the NHL Lockout Teach Us About Mediating Non-Compete and Trade Secret Disputes?

After 113 days, the NHL lockout ended with the NHL and its players association reporting that they have reached a tentative deal. Although they say that a lot of i's need to be dotted and t's need to be crossed, it looks as...more

Employers and Employees May Contract To Arbitrate Non-Competes

The U.S. Supreme Court has weighed in again on employer-employee arbitration agreements, this time holding that disputes over the enforceability and enforcement of non-competition and confidentiality covenants in contracts...more

Is the Apple-Samsung Verdict Anti-Consumer?

I’ve shied away from writing about the Apple-Samsung patent verdict, in part because I don’t know the details of the patents involved or the evidence that went to the jury. And so I offer no opinions on the specific...more

Business Litigation Report -- August 2012

In This Issue: - Firm News: Quinn Emanuel Continues to Build Out International Arbitration Practice and Quinn Emanuel Hosts U.S.-Style Mock Jury Trials in Taipei and Seoul - Main Article: Raising the...more

Arbitration Clauses in License Agreements (Part 3)

We have reviewed a few decisions relating to arbitration clauses in intellectual property license agreements (see here). Courts in the US have shown that they are willing to uphold arbitrator’s decisions. What is the law in...more

Arbitration Clauses in License Agreements (Part 2)

Many intellectual property license agreements refer disputes to arbitration under an arbitration clause. After the arbitrator renders a decision, can that decision be appealed to court? Or is it final and binding on the...more

Arbitration Clauses in License Agreements (Part 1)

This 2010 case is a good reminder that courts will give effect to arbitration clauses if that’s what the parties have chosen in their license agreements. - In PRM Energy Sys., Inc. v. Primenergy, LLC, 592 F.3d 830...more

Enactment of the New Georgia International Commercial Arbitration Code Solidifies Atlanta's Status as a Hub for International...

On May 2, 2012, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed S.B. 383, replacing Part 2 of the Georgia Arbitration Code pertaining to international transactions with a new Georgia International Commercial Arbitration Code, O.C.G.A. §...more

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