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T-12 Entertainment Speaks Up in Trademark Complaint Over Use of "I Plead the 5th" Mark

On March 24, 2014, T-12 Entertainment, LLC and Kareem Hawthorne, both of Georgia (collectively, “Plaintiffs”), filed a complaint against Young Kings Enterprises, Inc., Ego Entertainment, LLC., Troy Williams, Anthony Adighibe,...more

Antitrust Matters - April 2014 (Global)

Welcome to the second issue of our global competition and antitrust law newsletter Antitrust Matters. The importance and shifting nature of antitrust problems facing companies and individuals is by its nature, a work in...more

Franchising Update - Winds of Change Arrive

In previous Franchising Updates, we reported on the Wein Review of the Franchising Code of Conduct (Code) and the Abbott Government's response to the recommendations in the Wein Report. On 2 April 2014, the Government...more

Employer Failed to Establish Tortious Interference by Current Employees Who Were Secretly Operating a Competing Business

An employer failed to show that its former employees tortiously interfered with its current and prospective customers, even though they had been secretly operating a competing business while working for the employer. In...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Spring 2014

This is the third edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of recent class action trends, along with a summary of class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings...more

Undercover Competitor: Modell’s CEO Allegedly Masquerades as Dick’s Sporting Goods Executive, Taking Corporate Espionage to a New...

Dick’s Sporting Goods has sued Modell’s Sporting Goods and its prominent fourth-generation CEO, Mitchell Modell, claiming Modell brazenly visited a Dick’s retail location and impersonated a Dick’s executive to unlawfully gain...more

Ninth Circuit Once Again Affirms That Malicious Actions To Destroy A Competitor Do Not State An Antitrust Claim Unless Accompanied...

On February 24, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s grant of summary judgment dismissing DAW Industries’ claims of conspiracy to restrain trade and attempted monopolization, once again...more

Business Litigation Report -- February 2014

In This Issue - Firm News: ..Kathleen Sullivan Featured in December 2013 The American Lawyer Cover Story ..Quinn Emanuel Named to BTI’s 2014 “Client Service A-Team” Honor Roll Main Article: ..Overview...more

Expansion of California’s Unfair Competition Law

In yet another expansion of California’s unfair competition law, the California Supreme Court recently ruled that state law claimants may base a cause of action on a “borrowed” federal statute even though the U.S. Congress...more

Ganz USA and Noelle LLC file copyright complaint against Transpac, Inc.

On January 10, 2014 Ganz USA LLC (“Ganz”) of Marietta, Georgia and Noelle LLC (“Noelle”) of Cannon Falls, Minnesota (collectively, "plaintiffs") filed a complaint against Transpac Imports, Inc. (“Transpac”) of Vacaville,...more

Protecting Your US Business From Unfair Competition by Former Employees Requires Timely and Prudent Action

The potential risks posed to a business by former employees are common to employers worldwide. Whether an employee is working in Jakarta, London or New York at termination of the employment relationship makes little...more

Opinion: Bad Facts Make Bad Law, Especially in Non-Compete Cases

A non-compete agreement that prohibited a former sales rep from working for a competitor in any capacity, “even as a custodian,” is overly broad and unenforceable. At least that’s what a North Carolina Court of Appeals...more

Full Commission of the FTC Overrules FTC Administrative Law Judge, Largely Dismissing An Action Against McWane

On February 6, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) dismissed the majority of its claims against McWane, Inc., the leading domestic supplier of ductile iron pipe fittings used in water distribution systems in the United...more

Germany: More detail around claims against “typo-squatting”?

According to its press release, the German Federal High Court (“BGH”) decided on 22 January (I ZR 164/12) that – in the particular case- the registration of a domain name which was a misspelled version of an already...more

Payback Time: Using The Faithless Servant Doctrine To Combat Trade Secret Theft

Employers know all too well that their own employees are often the most likely people to misappropriate their confidential and proprietary information and their valuable trade secrets. Employers have plenty of weapons at...more

Airport abuses dominant position through coach operator concession

On 28 January 2014 the High Court (‘the Court’) in London found that London Luton Airport Operations Ltd (‘LLAO’) had abused its dominant position contrary to UK competition law by entering into an exclusive concession...more

Allergan, Inc. v. Athena Cosmetics, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2013) -- FDCA Does Not Preempt State Unfair Competition Laws

If you have ever wondered how popular eyelash enhancers like RevitaLash and Latisse produce their effects, Allergan, Inc. v. Athena Cosmetics, Inc. provides the answer: these products comprise prostaglandin derivatives. The...more

Federal Circuit Upholds RevitaLash Unfair Competition Violation

In Allergan, Inc. v. Athena Cosmetics, Inc., the Federal Circuit decided an appeal that did not present any patent issues, finding that the allegations of patent infringement in the underlying complaint gave it exclusive...more

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Cartels & Leniency 2014 7th Edition: Chapter 27 - Netherlands

1 The Legislative Framework of the Cartel Prohibition - 1.1 What is the legal basis and general nature of the cartel prohibition, e.g. is it civil and/or criminal? The Dutch Competition Act (‘DCA’) is based on...more

California Appellate Court Holds That Federal Law Preempts Unfair Competition Law Claims Tied to Organic Label

In a case of first impression in the state courts, a California appellate court delivered an early Christmas present Dec. 23 to beleaguered food and beverage companies facing an avalanche of lawsuits under California’s Unfair...more

Federal District Court Holds Evidence Of Online Notice Regarding Arbitration Policy Change Alone Insufficient To Support...

On December 2, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied a bank’s motion to compel arbitration, in part because the bank failed to provide evidence that its customer received an online notice of a...more

Sorting Laundry: California Court Reaffirms Scope Of Uniform Trade Secrets Act

Angelica Textile Services, Inc. v. Park, No. D062405 (October 15, 2013): A California Court of Appeal recently held that claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and unfair competition are not “displaced” or...more

Everyone Can Find Reasons to Give Thanks for 2013 California Coverage Opinions

Thanksgiving is one day when the whole family gets together and sets aside petty differences to give thanks to the Almighty for the bounty we enjoy. California’s insurance coverage family is often a dysfunctional one. To...more

Company allowed to pursue suit against former employee for unfair competition despite absence of trade-secret violation

In Angelica Textile Services, Inc. v. Park, a California court of appeal considered the issue whether Angelica’s common-law claims for breach of contract, unfair competition, and interference with business relations would be...more

Had Your Charbucks This Morning?

Annie Clark and her husband, Jim, own a mom-and-pop shop called Black Bear Micro Roastery in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire. Black Bear introduced its Charbucks blend in 1997, which is a dark roast coffee. In 2001, Black Bear...more

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