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How Employers Can Avoid California Labor Code Section 925

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

Many non-California employers view the enactment of California Labor Code Section 925 as destroying any possibility of avoiding the state’s restrictive covenants laws for California-based employees. But there is hope! With...more

Do Private Company M&A Intermediaries Need to Register with the SEC as Broker-Dealers?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Since 2014, many private company mergers and acquisitions intermediaries have chosen not to register as broker-dealers. That’s because a 2014 SEC no-action letter took the position that intermediaries that limited their...more

Use in commerce for federal trademark registration: the Federal Circuit slowly moves towards the Supreme Court

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Is there any use of a trademark within the United States that is insufficient to support federal trademark registration? The federal trademark laws are based on the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution, and...more

Second Circuit Rejects Novel Due Process Challenge to Rule Permitting Evidence of Prior Sexual Assaults

The Second Circuit joined its sister circuits and upheld the constitutionality Federal Rule of Evidence 413, which renders admissible propensity evidence about the defendant in sexual assault cases. In United States v....more

The Muddy Waters of Use for Beer Brands

The Craft Brewers Conference is an impressive affair. Between the number of brewers I’ve met from across the country as well as internationally, and the colossal trade show, the breadth and scope of the industry is probably...more

Expect a Mess When Food and Class Actions Collide: Part 1

by Benesch on

Remember eating pasta and spaghetti sauce as a kid? Remember what it did to your shirt? Your face? Want to rekindle that memory? Two recent cases will help you revive it. One involves gumbo; the other, gourmet foods and...more

DELAYED: The FDA’s Intended Use Rule

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

The effective date of FDA’s Intended Use Rule has been extended until March 19, 2018. The comment period will remain open until May 19, 2017....more

In Commercial Litigation, Home-Field Advantage Can Help You Win

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Interstate commerce is happening all around us, all the time. Companies from all over the country do business with each other. Lawsuits between these companies, however, can only occur in one place (aka venue). Does it matter...more

Just When We Thought Measure 97 Was Dead—It May Be Back!

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

As I reported previously, Oregon Measure 97 was overwhelmingly defeated by voters in the state’s general election this past November. It certainly appeared that the voters spoke loudly and clearly on November 8, 2016, when...more

Riding Currents into New Markets: What Power Generation Developers and Contractors Should Watch Out For

The CPV St. Charles Energy Center, a new 725 MW combined-cycle gas power plant in Maryland, went online earlier this month. The U.S. Supreme Court analyzed federal preemption with respect to state regulation of power...more

Facing a Potentially Lengthy Non quorum Period, FERC Delegates Further Authority to Its Staff

On February 3, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) issued an order (the “Delegation Order”) delegating “further authority” to its staff—beyond the existing delegations of authority...more

Nebraska Real Estate And Nebraska Borrowers, But Federal Arbitration Act Applies

In a fight over whether a single lending transaction involved interstate commerce, the Supreme Court of Nebraska found the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) applied and preempted its state arbitration act. Wilczewski v. Charter...more

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Cert in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl

by Reed Smith on

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the Tenth Circuit’s holding in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, which upheld Colorado’s use tax reporting regime on out-of-state taxpayers. In so doing, the Court also...more

President Applies Authority under CFIUS to Prohibit Acquisition of the U.S. Business of A German Technology Company by A...

by Bryan Cave on

As we discussed in a recent alert, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) refused to approve the proposed $710 million acquisition of Aixtron GE, a German-based technology company, by Grand Chip...more

A Tale Of Two Hats: Trademark “Use In Commerce” Expanded In A Potentially Game-Changing Decision

Our readers no doubt understand that trademark use is the basis for trademark protection in the U.S. But all use is not created equal, and sometimes it’s not so easy to tell whether a trademark is actually used in a manner...more

Facebook calls Illinois Biometric Law Unconstitutional

In the ongoing saga of Facebook’s challenge of the Illinois Biometric Law, it declared last week that the Illinois law violates the United State Constitution. According to Facebook’s Answer in a suit filed against it in...more

More Than Zero: Under the Lanham Act, One Interstate Sale Qualifies as Actual Use of a Trademark in Commerce

by Knobbe Martens on

In 2009, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected shoe manufacturer Adidas’s application to trademark the phrase “ADIZERO,” due to a likelihood of confusion with an existing mark: “ADD A ZERO,” a clothing trademark held...more

ADD A ZERO v. ADIZERO

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

The long running trademark dispute between Adidas and a church in Illinois just had a decision handed down by a federal appeals court. Adidas thought it could outrun a church in Zion Illinois, but it appears that they...more

Mississippi Supreme Court Finally Disconnects The Line On Dividend Exclusion Statute In The AT&T Case

by Butler Snow LLP on

In a previous article, we summarized AT&T’s 16-year effort, in two separate lawsuits, to have declared unconstitutional two Mississippi income tax statutes on the alleged basis that they placed a greater tax burden on AT&T...more

Video-Streaming Companies See the “Netflix Tax” Going into Effect Around the Country to the Dismay of “Cord Cutters”

by Butler Snow LLP on

If you are like many other Americans, then you may have “cut your Cable TV cord” and turned to streaming movies and shows through your accounts with Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO GO, SlingTV, or other video streaming tech...more

FERC Proposes Changes to Interstate Oil Pipeline Index Ratemaking and Cost and Revenue Reporting

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANOPR). This ANOPR is seeking comments on potential changes to FERC’s policies for evaluating interstate oil pipeline...more

FERC Issues ANOPR on Revisions to Oil Pipeline Indexing Policies and Reporting Requirements

On October 20, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (“ANOPR”) seeking comments on potential revisions to (1) the Commission’s policies for...more

Ninth Circuit Rules Trader Joe’s May Pursue Infringement Claim Against Infringing Activity in Canada

The Ninth Circuit recently became the latest appeals court to address the extraterritorial reach of the Lanham Act, holding that a U.S. trademark holder can pursue a Lanham Act claim in the U.S. against infringing activity...more

Class Action Arbitration after Dell Webb

Agreeing to arbitrate disputes, in lieu of traditional litigation, is not a new phenomenon. As consumers, we all contractually agree to arbitrate disputes on an almost daily basis. While not everyone may read the entire...more

California Dreamin’: California Releases Its Sustainable Freight Action Plan and is Sued for Allegedly Improperly Imposing a Fee...

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

Late last week, California released the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan, a comprehensive document that is to serve as a blueprint for transforming the state’s multi-billion dollar freight transport system into one...more

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