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When Transparency Is Not Enough: Class Action Litigation Under California’s Transparency in Supply Chains Act

Passed in 2010, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act has a worthy aim: requiring retailers and manufacturers doing big business in California to disclose what measures, if any, they are taking to ensure their...more

Yet ANOTHER Disappointed “Additional Insured”

The retail giant Costco joined the ranks of disappointed “Additional Insureds” the other day in a California Court of Appeals case, Costco Wholesale Corp. v. Tokio Marine and Nichido Fire Ins. Co. Ltd., which left Costco and...more

Food and beverage industry target of new supply chain composition and disclosure suits. Are you covered?

As if risks relating to product recalls, product labeling, and food contamination were not enough, the food and beverage industry now faces potential liability in connection with the alleged composition of its global supply...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - October 2015

The Survey Says: Tiffany Is Not Generic for A Ring Setting - Last month, the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment to Tiffany & Co. on its trademark infringement claim against Costco Wholesale...more

Tiffany & Company v. Costco Wholesale: Tiffany is far from Generic

On September 9, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that Costco was willfully infringing Tiffany & Co.’s trademarks by selling diamond engagement rings bearing the renowned...more

Is Tiffany’s Major Victory Short-Lived?

On September 8, Judge Laura Taylor Swain ruled on summary judgment that Costco Wholesale Corp. had willfully infringed Tiffany & Co.’s trademark by selling engagement rings using the Tiffany name. Frankly, the infringement...more

The Survey Says: TIFFANY Is Not Generic for a Ring Setting

Last week, the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment to Tiffany & Co. on its trademark infringement claim against Costco Wholesale Corporation for selling rings advertised under the TIFFANY mark. Tiffany &...more

Five on Friday: Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

There continue to be regular developments in the business and human rights field that warrant attention from both companies and their stakeholders. New legislation and regulation, shifting policy positions, and developments...more

Costco Eats Crow for Its Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Founded in 1837 by Charles Lewis Tiffany, Tiffany & Co. is now arguably the world’s best known jeweler. The company claims to have introduced the first-ever mail-order catalog in the United States, the Blue Book®. Tiffany...more

Blog: Class Action Charges Misrepresentation In Policies And Disclosures Regarding Slave Labor In Supply Chain

As discussed in this Bloomberg article, Costco and some of its suppliers are facing class action litigation alleging that Costco misled consumers about the use of slave labor and human trafficking in its supply chain for the...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2015

Employee's Inability To Work For A Particular Supervisor Does Not Constitute A "Disability" - Higgins-Williams v. Sutter Med. Found., 237 Cal. App. 4th 78 (2015) - Michaelin Higgins-Williams worked as a clinical...more

California Appellate Court Holds Employer Must Withhold Taxes on Back Pay

On June 26, 2015, a California appellate court rendered a precedential opinion that should hopefully put to rest the issue of whether an employer must withhold taxes on settlements or judgments made to former employees in...more

Wet Wipes Manufacturer Must Back Up Its Flushing Claims (And Not Consumers’ Plumbing)

On May 18, 2015, the FTC announced a settlement with Nice-Pak Products, Inc., concerning claims that its moist wipes are “flushable,” “break apart after being flushed,” and are “safe” for sewer and septic systems. Nice-Pak...more

Facebook is Not a Picket Line

The National Labor Relations Act protects the rights of employees to connect and address conditions at work, and recent decisions have held that this protection extends to certain work-related conversations on social media....more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2015

Copyrighting Player-Generated Content in Video Games - Last year, consumers spent more than $21 billion on the video game industry. The Entertainment Software Association reports that almost 60% of Americans—roughly...more

First Sale and Copyright Misuse Doctrines Available to Extinguish Rights to Products Purchased in Gray Market - Omega S.A. v....

In a short majority opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit concluded that once a copyright claimant conceded that it authorized a first sale of the watches in a foreign jurisdiction, the first sale doctrine...more

Revised “Fred Meyer Guides” Leave Treatment of Key Robinson-Patman Act Provisions Unchanged

While hardly ever enforced in modern times by government enforcement agencies, and rarely the subject of antitrust treble damage actions, Sections 2(d) and (e) of the Robinson Patman Act (15 U.S.C. §§ 13(d) and (e)) have had...more

Expert Testimony in Indemnity Action Not Limited to Opinions Presented in Underlying Matter

In National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh Pa. v. Tokio Marine and Nichido Fire Insurance Co. (filed 2/4/2015, B24899 and B247258), the California Court of Appeal, Second District, held that the insurer of Costco...more

Court Allows Price Discrimination Lawsuit Over Bulk Sales to Survive

On February 2, 2015, a federal judge denied a motion to dismiss a claim that Clorox’s proposed policy of providing only large bulk-size packages of products to warehouse clubs, like Sam’s Club and Costco, and not to competing...more

Omega S.A. v. Costco Wholesale Corporation - USCA, Ninth Circuit, January 20, 2015

In Depth - Relying on Supreme Court’s decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Ninth Circuit affirms summary judgment in favor of Costco, holding that “first sale” doctrine protects Costco from infringement...more

Ninth Circuit (Mostly) Skirts the Issue of Copyright Misuse in Most Recent Omega v. Costco Decision

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, as the saying goes. However, things are not always as they appear, and sometimes events unfold in ways you would not anticipate. Such is the case with the Ninth Circuit decision in the...more

Follow up to Beyond Borders: The Reach of Motorola Mobility LLC v. AU Optronics Corp.

In October, we wrote about the Seventh Circuit’s reconsideration of Motorola Mobility LLC v. AU Optronics Corp., 746 F.3d 842 (7th Cir. 2014) and the reach of the Sherman Act and the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act...more

Turning Your Rooftop Into Profitable GLA

Commercial property owners tend to be diligent in their efforts to maximize leasing revenue. And yet there is a novel way to bolster GLA that relatively few landlords have fully explored—namely, leasing rooftops to utilities...more

“Super” Anti-Harassment Policy May Create Unanticipated Liability

Ordinarily, employers think of anti-harassment policies as a means of defending themselves against harassment claims rather than a source of liability. However, a recent decision from a U.S. District Court in Connecticut...more

Employer's "Super Policy" Against Harassment Requires Employer to Protect Employee Beyond That Which is Required by Law

A Costco employee suffered from Tourette's syndrome, and made complaints to management about the way his supervisors and others were treating him. He later filed charges with the Connecticut Human Rights Organization as well...more

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