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Greensboro/Winston-Salem, North Carolina Area, United States

Python Safety Files Trade Dress and Patent infringement Complaint Against Ty-Flot

On June 18, 2014, Python Safety, Inc. (“Python”), of Woodstock, GA filed a complaint against Ty-Flot, Inc. (“Ty-Flot”), of Manchester, NH, alleging federal trade dress infringement and unfair competition, infringement of US…more
| Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

N.C. Supreme Court Issues Significant Ruling On Commercial Forbearance Agreements and Spousal Guaranties

On August 20, 2014, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued an opinion giving great weight to properly-drafted forbearance agreements in a commercial loan and guaranty context. RL REGI N.C., LLC v. Lighthouse Cove, LLC, No…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Commercial

District Court in 11th Circuit Deems Claim for Equitable Relief Appropriate under Amara and Varity

Yet again, the Court has been called upon to negotiate the juxtaposition between Varity and Amara. According to the Complaint in Biller v. Prudential Ins. Co. and Six Continents Hotels, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. Lexis 118577, 2014…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Insurance

A Few Zoning Notes: New Caselaw, Oakwood and Beer, Oh My!

We're going to touch on three separate topics today in this post. First, we'll discuss a recent case from the North Carolina Court of Appeals regarding legal nonconforming uses, burdens of proof and lost zoning maps. Second,…more
| Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

New Eminent Domain Law May Require Business-Litigation Approach To Condemnation Cases

The Charlottesville paper recently ran an interesting story about how local road improvement projects will test the limits and scope of the Commonwealth's new eminent domain law. The new laws are comprised of reforms passed in…more
| Constitutional Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

O’Bannon Decision Could Open the Door to Significant Changes in Collegiate Athletics

Since Judge Claudia Wilken’s recent ruling in O’Bannon et al. v. NCAA et al., Case No. 4:09-cv-03329 (N.D.Ca.), in which the judge called the NCAA a “cartel” that restrains the college athletics market, many commentators have…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts

A Powerful Tool: Challenging Assertion during Patent Prosecution

Patent claims can be rejected, during patent prosecution, for a very large variety of reasons. A proper rejection is factually based. Examiners for the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and patent practitioners acting…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Sine Die Die Die!

Sine Die, folks! The North Carolina General Assembly has adjourned until a new legislature convenes January 14, 2015 with the members elected this November…more
| Criminal Law, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Taxation

District Court in Fourth Circuit Rejects Extension of Amara-like Remedies to Benefit Cases

The Honorable Martin Reidinger, sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, declined Plaintiff’s invitation to extend the applicability of Cigna v. Amara, 131 S. Ct. 1866 (2011), to…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking

Antitrust Laws Are Rapidly Changing In Latin America

In recent travels to Central America, it’s been interesting to see the number of American companies operating and distributing in the region. So in a recent telephone conference with other antitrust practitioners, I was…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Important Bill For Local Tax and Economic Development Changes is Mired in the Muck

The clock ran out on HB 1224 and we've had our fingers crossed for two weeks hoping that having the House and Senate both in session tomorrow might yield some legislative love and perhaps another look at HB 1224 -- which is…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Taxation

Blue Force Seeks to Cut Off Supply of Infringing Weapon Slings to U.S. Marines (and others)

Blue Force Gear, Inc. (“Blue Force”), brought two patent infringement actions in June 2014 against Raine, Inc. (“Raine”), an Indiana corporation, and Savvy Sniper , LLC (“Savvy Sniper”), an Ohio corporation, relating to United…more
| Business Torts, Intellectual Property

Inventions and the Ecosystem of Ideas

There are some striking parallels between inventions and living organisms, and between technology in a consumer marketplace and an ecosystem. Insights gained through the comparisons may be beneficial to inventors, companies,…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Court Rules NCAA Violated Antitrust Laws: But Did The NCAA Win By Losing?

A federal court has ruled that the NCAA cannot ban schools from giving athletes money based on their name, image and likeness, and cannot impose a salary cap below $5,000. See O'Bannon v. NCAA (N.D. Calif Aug. 8, 2014). The…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Education

Business Court Modernization Bill is now Law

This session we've watched SB 853 - Business Court Modernization work through the legislative process and we are impressed by freshman Senator Tamara Barringer's first big effort. All you lawyers who take on complex…more
| Civil Procedure, Elections & Politics, Mergers & Acquisitions
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