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Trump Goes A Rockin’: Neil Young Comes A Knockin’

Donald Trump, the New York real estate mogul and self-proclaimed business genius, just kicked off his campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination at Trump Tower in Manhattan to the tune of Neil Young’s Rockin’ In The...more

Cephalon and Teva's $1.2 Billion Consent Order with the FTC: Is it Really a Harbinger of Things to Come?

On June 17, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania approved a consent order (the “Consent Order”) between the Federal Trade Commission and defendants Cephalon, Inc. and its parent, Teva...more

May Court Decision Round-Up

Nedschroef Detroit Corp. v. Bemas Ents. LLC, Case No. 14-10095, 2015 WL 2453511 (E.D. Mich. May 22, 2015). U.S. District Judge Linda V. Parker granted summary judgment in favor of plaintiff Nedschroef Detroit Corp...more

Even More Reason for Manufacturers to Update Their Employment Agreements

In an increasingly competitive landscape, a manufacturer’s significant employees may hold the “keys to the kingdom.” Loss of such a worker to a competitor could have a substantial impact on future business growth. Many...more

Play Fair: Guidelines for New Employees Hired from a Competitor

It’s common for customers or clients to want to stick with the person who has been handling their account even when that person moves to a different company. But this situation can create serious issues around trade secrets...more

Competition News, June 2015

It is a cardinal rule of antitrust that – absent very limited exceptions – parties can do business, or refuse to do business, with whomever they choose. The Supreme Court solidified that premise in United States v. Colgate &...more

Attorney’s Fees Awarded in “Nonsensical” Trade Secrets Case - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. v. Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

Upholding an award of more than $180,000 in attorneys’ fees under the California Uniform Trade Secret Act (CUTSA) for bringing a bad faith misappropriation claim, the California Court of Appeal found that “Cypress filed a...more

SG’s Latest Brief On Implied FDCA Preemption Under Buckman

On May 26, 2015, the Solicitor General’s office responded to the United States Supreme Court’s Oct. 14, 2014 invitation for the government’s views on the certiorari petition filed in Athena Cosmetics, Inc. v. Allergan, Inc.,...more

Catch of the Day: Tuna Fish Brand StarKist Swims into a Sea of Trouble After Agreeing to Settle Claims Against It

StarKist Co. recently agreed in principle to a $12 million settlement with a putative class of plaintiffs concerning alleged under-filling of tuna fish cans. But agreeing on the dollar figure seems to have been the easy part;...more

In re Capacitors Antitrust Class Action Litigation Survives Motion to Dismiss

Direct and indirect capacitor purchasers who filed class action complaints against an alleged worldwide cartel of capacitor manufacturers have, for the most part, survived a motion to dismiss in the Northern District of...more

Opt-out Collective Actions for Competition Damages Actions—A New Dawn for Litigation in the UK

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 (UK), enacted on March 26, 2015, heralds a significant development in UK litigation. Following years of debate, and despite the concerns of many that the UK would suffer from the apparent excesses...more

California Supreme Court Details Antitrust Analysis of "Reverse Payment" Patent Settlements

Last week, in In re Cipro Cases I & II, Case No. S198616, the Supreme Court of California adopted the United States Supreme Court's application of the Rule of Reason to the antitrust analysis of so-called "reverse payment"...more

California District Court Refuses To Certify 33-Jurisdiction Class Due To Material Variations in State Warranty Law

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California certified a California-only subclass of purchasers of allegedly mislabeled KitchenAid refrigerators but denied plaintiffs’ motion to certify a 32-state and...more

Things to Think About Before You Leave to Work for a Competitor

An employee who leaves a company to work for a competitor can run into a hornet’s nest of legal problems.  The latest example of this classic fact pattern involves William Georgelis, a sales manager for building material...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – May 2015

On 15 April 2015, the European Commission (EC) sent a Statement of Objections (preliminary statement of case) to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services...more

China’s SAIC Issues Competition Rules Regulating Abuse of Intellectual Property Rights

On April 7, 2015, China’s State Administration of Industry and Commerce of the PRC (the “SAIC”) issued the long-anticipated Provisions on the Prohibition of the Abuse of Intellectual Property Rights to Eliminate or Restrain...more

Slep-Tone and Karaoke Redux: Under Dastar, Bar Must Face the Music For Trademark Infringement

The Northern District of Illinois recently held that the Supreme Court’s decision in Dastar Corp. v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., 539 U.S. 23 (2003), did not protect a karaoke bar from claims of trademark infringement...more

USITC Declines to Institute Investigation of Induced Patent Infringement as Unfair Method of Competition or Unfair Acts

In a recent decision, the International Trade Commission rejected a petitioner’s attempt to use allegations of unfair competition and unfair acts as a possible way of working around the Federal Circuit’s bar on claims of...more

Alert - Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) Developments

The Evolving World of Biosimilars - Amgen, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. Addressing two new issues in the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), the Northern District of California issued an order, on...more

One More Hurdle Cleared – Amgen’s Preliminary Injunction Motion for Filgrastim is Denied

On March 19, 2015, Judge Seeborg of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California denied Amgen Inc.’s motion for a preliminary injunction in the Amgen v. Sandoz case, thereby removing one more...more

Alert: Suing Bribing Competitors for Lost Profits

Companies are competing to win a contract. One pays a bribe to exclude its competitor from the bidding process, or to win the contract. If caught, it faces prosecution under the UK's Bribery Act 2010, as do its bribing...more

FTC Competition Chief Defends Stand-Alone Section 5 Use in Unfair Competition Cases

In a blog post last Friday, Debbie Feinstein, Director of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), defended the agency’s use of FTC Act Section 5 to target unfair methods of competition outside the scope of the...more

FDA Approves Biosimilar Agent Zarxio: Dawn of a New Era in Pharmaceutical Therapy and Product Liability Law

The FDA's approval on March 6, 2015, of Sandoz's Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz) is a momentous occasion for pharmaceutical therapy and product liability law in the United States. Catching up with Europe (where Sandoz's identical...more

Lucky Brand Not So Lucky

The Second Circuit ruled last week in favor of Plaintiff Marcel Fashion Group Inc. (“Marcel”), vacating the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendant Lucky Brand Dungarees, Inc. (“Lucky Brand”), which had...more

Intellectual Property Exclusion Bars Coverage for Unauthorized Use of Famous Inventor’s Name to Sell Toys

In Alterra Excess & Surplus v. Estate of Buckminster Fuller (No. A140453, filed 3/9/15), a California Appeals Court held that an ISO policy’s exclusion for intellectual property unambiguously barred coverage for a Lanham Act,...more

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