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It Started With A Mouse: TTAB Reverses Refusal Of Application By Me And The Mouse Travel

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

In a non-precedential decision in In re Me and the Mouse Travel LLC, Serial 76717725 (April 21 2017), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) held that a mark combining the word ‘Mouse’ with the depiction of a narrow arm...more

An Implied Contract Can Turn You “Inside Out” — Remember the Non-Confidential Disclosure Agreement

Denise Daniels has sued the Walt Disney Company in the Central District of California for breach of an implied-in-fact contract to compensate her for using her ideas in the movie Inside Out. Daniels alleges that she relied...more

Disney Seeks To Cage “Zootopia” Copyright Infringement Suit

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Walt Disney Company claims there was no monkey business in creating the Oscar-winning animation film Zootopia and has moved to dismiss writer Gary L. Goldman’s lawsuit for copyright infringement. Goldman, an author whose...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

An EU high court opinion yesterday about a trade deal with Singapore could throw yet another stumbling block in the way of Britain’s exit of the union. Read on for more on the intricacies of the EU division of competencies....more

‘Home Improvement’ decision may provide tools for drafting, managing CAM in commercial leases

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In California, commercial lease tenants typically pay a portion of the common area maintenance expenses or "CAM." Commercial leases also generally include the right of the tenant to audit the landlord's CAM statement each...more

How to Avoid Disney’s Not-So-Fairy Tale $3.8 Million Payment of Employee Back Wages

by Genova Burns LLC on

On Friday, March 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) and two subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Co. (“Disney”), the Disney Vacation Club Management Corp., and the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Inc., reached an...more

Curiouser and Curiouser: Copyrights and Trademark Rights are Not Perfect Reflections

by Knobbe Martens on

Much like the world of Underland created in Lewis Carroll’s book Alice Through the Looking Glass, the blurring between copyright and trademark rights can create a topsy-turvy universe....more

Does Your Human Resources Department Understand Antitrust?

by Miller Canfield on

Several Hollywood companies have agreed to pay $170 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by animators who claimed their wages were depressed by unlawful anti-poaching agreements. The recent settlements highlight that now...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Measuring growth according to GDP. It’s how we’ve always done it, but here’s an interesting argument that the transition to an online services-based economy may mean that we’re underestimating growth by as much as 2 percent...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The December 22 announcement that Deutsche Bank had settled with the DOJ over long-standing RMBS-related claims and investigations for a reported $7.2 billion prompted this Times long-read that traced the Icarus-like rise and...more

Terminated Disney Employees Allege that Outsourcing Work to Indian Workers Discriminated against American Workers

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Disney continues to face legal repercussions from the company’s 2014/15 layoffs of numerous American IT workers, and the outsourcing of their functions to two Indian companies employing H-1B workers. On Monday, Dec. 12th,...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Big American companies are awfully eager to keep the China market alive. For Disney, that means dropping $1.4 billion on a Hong Kong Disneyland upgrade. For Facebook, it means a CEO who’s picked up Mandarin and a...more

Recent Proxy Access Developments

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

To date, nearly 300 companies have adopted proxy access bylaws, including over 40% of S&P 500 companies. Given the widespread adoption of proxy access by large U.S. companies, it was only a matter of time before a shareholder...more

Another $50 Million Shoe Drops: DreamWorks Settles Wage-Fixing Class Action

In the latest sequel to the ongoing legal drama, DreamWorks has agreed to pay $50 million to settle a class-action based on DreamWorks conspiring with other animation studios not to poach/hire one another’s employees....more

A Handy List of Star Wars References that Might Get You Sued

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

With its purchase of Lucasfilms and the Star Wars franchise, Disney did not wait long to begin exploiting the works. Episode VII: The Force Awakens was released on Dec. 18, 2015 and grossed more than $2 billion at the box...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 10.5.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Investor plaintiffs won a big discovery battle with the US gov’t over its 2012 decision to seize Fannie & Freddie’s profits. Federal Claims Court Judge Margaret Sweeney has ruled that the government improperly invoked the...more

Luxo Shuts the Lights Out on Disney’s and Pixar’s Merchandising of Luxo Jr.

by Weintraub Tobin on

It is no secret; the Disney Corporation is a marketing and merchandising powerhouse. It has achieved that reputation by capitalizing on almost every marketing and merchandising opportunity that comes its way. If you have...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.27.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We learned yesterday that Twitter’s shopping itself around for a buyer. It’s facing one big complication, though—the sizeable amount of stock Twitter has doled out to its employees over the years. Last year, for example,...more

The VPPA and PII: Is Geolocation Another Anonymous Identifier?

by WilmerHale on

Video Privacy Protection Act - This article explores how personally identifiable information has been defined in leading Video Privacy Protection Act actions and looks at how concerns over the potential sensitivity of...more

Update on China’s New Restrictions on Internet Content

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Apple’s iTunes and Disney’s DisneyLife websites have reportedly become early targets of China’s internet regulators who are beginning to enforce new rules restricting the publication of online content. The new rules, the...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.6.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Talk about a regulation with teeth. Within days of the Treasury Department announcing new rules meant to discourage corporate tax inversion deals, Pfizer and Allergan announced they were scrapping their planned $152 billion...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.5.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Big news from Big Mouse, as the former heir apparent to Bog Iger’s CEO chair—Thomas Staggs—is stepping down, throwing a wrench into Disney’s succession plans (which came under great scrutiny after a troublesome handoff to...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.4.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

It’s Jobs Report Friday. The Journal suggests that it may again be millennials’ time to shine (especially after scoring 421,000 jobs in January) – WSJ... And while we’re talking US jobs, a recent Federal Reserve working...more

H-1B Season and a Lesson from Disney

by Baker Donelson on

H-1B Cap season is approaching, and, with a similar flurry to file petitions for eligible specialized knowledge workers expected for April 1 as we experienced in 2015, H-1B employers should carefully consider the obligations...more

Disney’s Influence on United States Copyright Law

by Weintraub Tobin on

If you’ve ever applied for, or researched copyright law, you likely learned one thing above all else: it’s not a perpetual right. So, how, you might wonder, have companies like The Walt Disney Company managed to maintain...more

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