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Court Finds That Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claims Is Preempted By Trade Secrets Claim

by Winstead PC on

In Super Starr Int’l, LLC v. Fresh Tex Produce, LLC, a Texas entity that distributes produce throughout the United States filed suit against another Texas entity that imports foreign grown produce into the United States and...more

Court Finds No Exceeding Of Powers Or Manifest Disregard Of The Law In Confirming Allegedly Speculative Arbitration Award

by Carlton Fields on

This case concerned an agreement by which Clos La Chance Wines, Inc., a wine producer, appointed AV Brands, Inc., a wine importer and wholesaler, as the exclusive brand agent and distributor of its wine products for the...more

EU & Competition Law Update – July 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On 14 June 2017, the EU Commission announced that it was opening an investigation into Sanrio, owner of the Hello Kitty brand. Sanrio have been accused by the Commission of an infringement of Article 101 TFEU, the prohibition...more

FDA Delays Enforcement of Prescription Drug Product Identifier and Related Requirements

Facing pressure from stakeholders and technological realities, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has again delayed its enforcement of parts of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). As we discussed in a prior post,...more

Supreme Court Seeks Input of United States in International Price-Fixing Case - Request Could Signal Intent to Review Second...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 26, 2017, took the somewhat unusual step of inviting the Acting Solicitor General to express the views of the United States regarding Animal Science Products, Inc. v. Hebei Welcome...more

Financial Product Design and Distribution Obligations

by K&L Gates LLP on

Late last year the Australian Government released a paper outlining a proposal to implement a range of design and distribution obligations on the issuers and distributors of financial products to retail clients. The proposed...more

Whose Unregistered Trademark Is It Anyway?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Expressly adopting for the first time a test to determine whether a manufacturer or distributor is the owner of an unregistered trademark in the absence of a contractual ownership clause, the US Court of Appeals for the Third...more

ABCs of Distribution to Grocery

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

At Farm to Label, I presented a panel called “ABCs of Distribution to Grocery” with Brittany Sienia, Trade Analyst at Tillamook, Chris Tjersland, Partner Brands Development Manager at New Seasons and Ray VanWetten, Vice...more

US Supreme Court strikes death blow against forum shopping in mass actions by limiting personal jurisdiction

by DLA Piper on

On Monday, the US Supreme Court continued its recent trend of contracting personal jurisdiction in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, San Francisco County, No. 16-466, 582 U.S. ___ (2017) by holding...more

Supreme Court Tightens Personal Jurisdiction Requirements

by Benesch on

Determining whether a nonresident defendant is subject to a forum state’s jurisdiction became clearer on June 19, 2017, when the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court...more

New U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Concerning Specific Jurisdiction in U.S. Courts

The United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of San Francisco County, 582 U.S. ____ (2017). Fortunately, the Supreme Court resisted the opportunity to revisit...more

New Jersey Amends the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act to Address the Manufacture and Sale of Hard Cider and Mead – Part 1: The...

In recent years, a handful of companies have been manufacturing and selling cider and mead in New Jersey under a temporary authorization permit (“TAP”) issued under the NJ ABC Commissioner’s general powers. Those companies...more

The Challenge of Auditing and Monitoring Your Distributors

by Michael Volkov on

Whether you are in the high-tech industry and managing your channel partners (i.e. third-party distribution network), the pharmaceutical and medical device industry managing a complex network of distributors and...more

Africa Stand Up: Strengthening supply chains – the key challenge for Africa

by Hogan Lovells on

Supply chain development is at the heart of any ability for Africa to "Stand Up". Without urgent improvement Africa risks remaining a supplier of primary materials to which others add value, leaving it vulnerable to the...more

Court Opinion on Liability for Re-Exports to Iran Spurs Practical Guidance for U.S. Exporters

by Perkins Coie on

A recent federal appeals court decision addresses a familiar issue for many companies: When can a U.S. exporter be liable for a product that is re-exported to a sanctioned country, such as Iran? This update summarizes the...more

EU & Competition Law Update – June 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Hope for a Cleaner Brexit After ECJ Ruling - In a ruling which is likely to have positive implications for a possible Brexit deal, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 16 May 2017 opened up the ability of the EU...more

Clarity on Manufacturer – Distributor Trademark Ownership in Third Circuit

On April 18, 2017, the Third Circuit issued an opinion in Covertech Fabricating, Inc. v. TVM Building Products, Inc., clarifying the test for determining trademark ownership between a manufacturer and distributor, where no...more

Manufacturers: Avoid this Issue—Register Your Trademarks!

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

If you are a manufacturer and allow your distributors to use your unregistered trademarks without a contract, the Third Circuit just issued a decision that could help you retain ownership of those marks....more

Who Owns That Trademark - The Manufacturer or the Exclusive Distributor?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, with a ringing endorsement of Prof. McCarthy’s trademark law treatise, issued a precedential opinion last week on the issue of whether a trademark is owned by the manufacturer or...more

Client Alert: Changes Brewing? How North Carolina's ABC Omnibus Legislation (House Bill 500) Would Affect Your Business

Changes are brewing as the North Carolina General Assembly considers proposed amendments to the brewery self-distribution cap, beer franchise laws, and off-premise container sales (i.e., “crowlers”), among other changes. ...more

New Beer Reporting Requirement Form Released

With the passage of Act 166 of 2016, effective January 17, 2017, Pennsylvania licensed breweries must now report to the Pa.L.C.B. the volume of malt or brewed beverages sold at their premises to consumers and...more

Court Finds Manufacturer/Distributor Relationship Does Not Create An Informal Fiduciary Relationship

by Winstead PC on

In Samsung Electronics America v. Chung, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (“Samsung”) filed suit against All Pro Distributing, Inc. (“All Pro”) and certain former employees alleging claims for breach of fiduciary duty and...more

Form Drug Distribution Services Agreements May Not Be Formulaic

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Vanilla-looking form agreements may contain or omit terms that are important to one or both parties. We were recently reminded of the danger of entering into form pharmaceutical distribution services agreements. Although...more

Demand Letters Protected by the Noerr-Pennington Doctrine

In Silverhorse Racing LLC v. Ford Motor Co., [Civ. Action No. 6:16-cv-00053] (M.D.Fla. January 30, 2017), the Court granted Ford Summary Judgment that the act of sending Demand Letters to Silverhorse’s distributors was...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update – December 2016

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for December 2016. Please see full...more

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