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Who owns God’s Property? Shifting Politics Cost Some Congregations Their Church

Re-alignment of a congregation with a new denomination is typically driven by ideals, but as usual, money becomes the bone of contention....more

Copyright and Trademark Case Review: Copyright Preemption, Software-as-a-Service and Popularity on the Internet

Copyright Decisions - Claim for Copying of Useful Article Design Preempted by Copyright Act: Ultraflo Corp. v. Pelican Tank Parts, Inc., No. 15-20084 (5th Cir. Jan. 11, 2017)...more

Simultaneous Decisions from the 7th Circuit: How the Later-Argued Case Became Binding Precedent

The Seventh Circuit is very serious about treating its panel decisions as the “law of the court” unless and until they are overruled by the en banc court or a higher authority. Hence, its Circuit Rule 40(e) requires a panel...more

Punitive Damages Not Available For State Employment Discrimination Claims

In a decision that will be officially released next week, the Connecticut Supreme Court has, at last, ruled that punitive damages are not an available remedy for state law employment discrimination claims. You may recall...more

Recovery of Liquidated Damages Under Both FLSA and State Law Improper, Says Second Circuit

In a summary order issued on December 7, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit–in Chowdhury v. Hamza Express Food Corp., No. 15-3142-cv–held that an award of liquidated damages under both the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

Chris Lazarini Provides Insight on Standards Applied to Pro Se Litigants

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini provided insight on a case revealing that while less stringent standards are often applied to pro se litigants, courts still should require them to adhere to the procedural rules....more

Supreme Court Update: Order List November 2016

The Court has been relatively quiet since our last missive—we're still waiting for the first signed opinion of the term—but we suspect your minds have been focused on other branches of government over the last few weeks...more

qech wej QaD trademark nIH (Trademarks Don’t Protect Ideas)

Lucas Film Limited has sued Michael Brown and his Light Saber Academy for trademark infringement, unfair competition, dilution, cybersquatting, state unfair competition, and dilution, arising from Mr. Brown’s running an...more

Faragher/Ellerth defense used to defeat Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act claim

As a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit shows, the same employer defenses used to defeat Title VII discrimination claims can also be used to defeat claims under the Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - October 2016

Welcome to the October 2016 issue of the CR&B Alert, the newsletter produced by Reed Smith's Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group. Excerpt from newsletter: DELAWARE AND NEW YORK AT ODDS OVER RECLAMATION...more

The Eleventh Circuit has spoken: “Debtors who surrender property must get out of the creditor’s way”

In recent years, there has been a hotbed of litigation across the nation, particularly in Florida state and bankruptcy courts, regarding a debtor’s ability to contest a secured creditor’s foreclosure notwithstanding the...more

Mediated Agreements and Magic Words: Admissibility of Mediated Settlements of California State Law Claims in Federal Court

Does federal common law govern admissibility in federal court of a written agreement reached during mediation that resolves both California and federal law claims, even when only state law claims remain pending at the time of...more

Mediation Privilege – Federal v. State Law Applicability

Mediation Privilege – Federal v. State Law Applicability In Re: TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation; Sony Electronics, Inc. et al. v. Hannstar Display Corp. U.S. Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit (September 1, 2016)...more

August 2016: Bankruptcy & Restructuring Litigation Update

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Disagrees with Second Circuit on Implied Preemption of State-Law Fraudulent Transfer Claims Brought by Creditors. In recent years, several bankruptcy and district courts have addressed whether the...more

Northern District of California “Shuts Out” Minor League Ballplayers’ Experts

Minor league baseball players took a swing at class certification, and they missed—badly. In Senne v. Kansas City Royals Baseball Corp., et al., minor league baseball players across the country asserted wage and hour...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 - New Federal Protection for Trade Secrets | Orange County Business Journal Intellectual...

On May 11, 2016, the President signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). The DTSA significantly expands protection of intellectual property rights by creating a body of trade secrets law that applies nationwide and...more

U.S. Court in Louisiana Remands Advance Stores Co. Data Breach Class Action to State Court

In a case with a familiar fact pattern, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana refused to find that permitting Plaintiff to proceed in Louisiana state court was “futile” on Article III standing...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: What Does It Mean for Employers?

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law, creating a federal claim for misappropriation of trade secrets. Concerns with the difficulty of protecting trade secrets have grown as...more

Fraudulent Joinder & Bad Faith – Explaining Another Removal Muddle

Here’s some more inside baseball on grounds for removing cases from state to federal court. In brief, the issue is this: does the “bad faith” standard added to the removal statute (28 U.S.C. §1446(c)(1)) in 2011 approximate...more

Rising Tide of State-Enacted Patent Reform

It started with Vermont in 2013. Since then, over half the states have enacted legislation aimed at curbing patent infringement suits from non-practicing entities. Now, the band may add another member: Massachusetts....more

Why is Federal Question Jurisdiction Such a Mess?

In honor of Buddy Ryan, the legendary football coach who passed away last week, we will be especially crotchety in today’s case report. It was while we were in law school in Chicago that Ryan was the coordinator of a Bears...more

Shhhhh! Obama Signs the Defend Trade Secrets Act

Remember when you, as an employer, asked an attorney to prepare a contract containing a covenant not to compete? Or maybe you, as an employee, had questions about such a covenant. Or, perhaps, an attorney prepared a...more

Is the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine Inevitable?

An important feature of the recently enacted Defense of Trade Secrets Act was that it left state trade secret law intact. This meant that states that had adopted the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine could continue to apply it,...more

Dismissing Drug Design Defect Based on Preemption

In a rare harkening to our past and discussion of specific judges, we recall that our first gig after law school was clerking for Judge Jon P. McCalla of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee....more

The Case for a Unified Approach to Corporate and LLC Citizenship

Imagine opening your email one morning to find a copy of a complaint and summons just received by your out-of-state corporate client. The caption shows a familiar North Carolina company as the lone plaintiff, and a cursory...more

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