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Big Data and Antitrust: Rethinking Competition Law in the Data Economy

As we approach calendar year end, traditionally the busiest period of the year for mergers and acquisitions, it is worth revisiting whether our existing competition law framework can and does properly assess the market power...more

The Law Against Unfair Competition Amendment

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On November 4, 2017, at the 30th session of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People’s Congress (“NPC”) of China, the NPC approved a bill to amend the Law Against Unfair Competition, effective on January 1, 2018...more

Jay-Z Pleads Court to Remove Him from the Spotlight

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Jay-Z does not want to be in the spotlight- at least not the spotlight of a New York federal judge. This past April, the hip-hop tycoon and Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s entertainment company, were sued by Iconix Brand Group, Inc....more

Kim Kardashian Secures Hometown Advantage

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

Kim Kardashian West’s (“Kardashian’s”) company Kimisaprincess, Inc. won its motion to transfer a pending case against the company from Illinois to California. Danish makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis (“KKW”) sued...more

Amendments to China’s Anti-Unfair Competition Law Broadens the Scope of Commercial Bribery, Imposes Vicarious Liability, and...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On November 4, 2017, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (“NPC”) adopted amendments to China’s Anti-Unfair Competition Law (“Amended AUCL”). In 1993, the Chinese government enacted the AUCL to encourage...more

Is it Pretty? Will H&M Assert a “Classixx” Ornamental Defense to Claims of Trademark Infringement?

by Knobbe Martens on

On October 19, 2017 Hush Hush Sound Inc, Michael David, and Tyler Blake (collectively “Plaintiffs”) also known as the Electronic dance music duo “Classixx” filed suit in the District Court for the Central District of...more

7 Lessons in Trademarks: Smashburger/In-N-Out Burger Battle Royale

by Revision Legal on

According to recent news reports, fast-food hamburger chain, In-N-Out Burger (“In-N-Out”) has filed a federal lawsuit alleging trademark infringement against Smashburger, another fast-food hamburger chain. The trademark fight...more

German Federal Cartel Office Gains New Role in Consumer Protection

by Bryan Cave on

Effective 8 June 2017, the 9th Amendment to the German Act against Restraints of Competition delegated more competences and ways to investigate to the Bundeskartellamt (German Federal Cartel Office — FCO) with respect to...more

Are You Doing Enough to Protect Your Company's Secrets?

by Fisher Phillips on

A decade ago, I litigated a trade secret/unfair competition dispute between two large plastics manufacturers. The Plaintiff was based in southwest Florida, the Defendant in southern Alabama. The factual dispute is...more

Looking Beyond Patents at the International Trade Commission—Is the ITC an Underutilized Forum?

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”) is an independent, quasi-judicial federal agency responsible for enforcing Section 337 of the Tariff Act, a trade statute designed to protect U.S. industries from...more

Are Restaurant No-Tipping Policies the Product of an Antitrust Conspiracy?

In July of 2013, Danny Meyer, the CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group, tweeted that he was considering eliminating tipping at his restaurants and solicited the opinion of other restaurant owners. Meyer and others...more

Be Proactive: Protect Yourself from Unfair Competition

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

Most sophisticated companies actively protect their intellectual property from infringement. They scour the market looking for possible infringers, and they update their searches for possible infringement on a regular basis....more

Data Scraping, Bots and First Amendment Rights

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

A recent case involving a small workforce analytics startup fighting for its right to extract data from the largest professional networking site on the Internet may set a precedent for applying constitutional principles to...more

Respondents Sanctioned For Discovery Violation

by Jones Day on

On September 28, 2017, in Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Products; Inv. No. 337-TA-1002, ALJ Lord issued the public version of her order requiring Respondents Wuhan Iron and Steel Group Corp., Wuhan Iron and Steel Co., Ltd.,...more

Hogan Lovells ITC Section 337 Monthly Highlights

by Hogan Lovells on

The latest news round-up from our Hogan Lovells ITC Section 337 practice, including a new section featuring "tips from the bench" by former ITC Judge Theodore (Ted) R. Essex. Please see full Publication below for more...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - September 2017

NLRB Upholds Retailer’s Rules on Confidential Customer Information - Why it matters - Macy’s rules prohibiting the disclosure of confidential customer information didn’t violate Section 8 of the National Labor Relations...more

Transaction Structuring Matters: North Carolina Rejects Third-Party Rooftop Solar Power Purchase Agreements

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A North Carolina appeals court has reminded energy developers in the state of the importance of structuring a transaction so as not to trigger the state’s utility franchise laws. For one unfortunate developer, that reminder...more

California Court Tosses Challenge to Gap Outlet Labels

In a victory for outlet retailers, a California appellate panel recently tossed out a deceptive marketing and advertising suit against Gap....more

Lack of Substantiation Theories in False Advertising Cases—The Burden Lies on the Plaintiff

by Cozen O'Connor on

Often when we think of product liability we think of a product that doesn’t function as intended and causes some sort of damage resulting in warning, design and/or manufacturing defect claims. However, another important...more

hiQ Labs, Inc. v. LinkedIn Corp.: A Federal Court Weighs in on Web Scraping, Free Speech Rights, and the Computer Fraud and Abuse...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In recent years, a number of firms in a variety of industries have utilized automated research methods, including web scraping tools and certain forms of artificial intelligence such as bots, to gather information from a...more

Damages Recovery for Trade Secrets Misappropriation: What’s New York’s State of Mind?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing unresolved issues surrounding damages calculations for misappropriation of trade secrets under New York law, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit certified two questions to the New York Court of Appeals:...more

Pharma advertising in Italy – Online publication of OTC medicinal products list, prices and reimbursability

by Hogan Lovells on

The Court of Milan held in a Judgment recently handed down in the proceedings brought by Bayer S.p.a. against the generic manufacturer DOC Generici S.r.l. that online publication of over-the-counter (OTC) medicinal products...more

District Court Rules that Startup Can Use Web Scrapers to Collect Information from Public LinkedOn Profiles, Despite Protests for...

On August 14, 2017, on a motion for preliminary injunction, the District Court for the Northern District of California held that LinkedIn, a social network owned by Microsoft, Inc., could not continue to block hiQ, a data...more

The Shared Economy

by Carlton Fields on

Before discussing how and whether the shared economy should be regulated and litigation involving the shared economy, it is important to first define what we mean by the “shared economy”. Shared economy is an economic model...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | August 2017

"Miracle Gel" Not a Salon Gel Manicure, Ad Board Says - In an appeal from a ruling by the National Advertising Division (NAD), the National Advertising Review Board (NARB) upheld a recommendation that Coty discontinue...more

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