When SolAVerde's attorney spoke to the media about his client's defamation claims
against the Town of Front Royal and certain councilmen, he sounded pretty
confident. The court, however, disagreed with his arguments and dismissed the
by Ann Fort and Jason Chang
Patent owners are now on notice: The Federal Circuit has
confirmed that shredding relevant documents after identifying litigation
targets can lead to spoliation sanctions, even if the destruction occurred
Virginia courts have long held that statements made in
connection with judicial proceedings are entitled to absolute protection from defamation
liability. To encourage truthfulness in litigation, Virginia public policy has
extended an absolute privilege...
On March 22nd, Amazon.com launched Appstore for Android,
where it offers for sale and download games and other applications available
for Android smart phones. Apple Inc., the maker of iPhones, iPod media players
and iPad tablet computers, sued Amazon...
We all sometimes say things that we are sorry to have
said. Even judges. Those types of statements by a District Court Judge in
South Carolina, which the Fourth Circuit called "neither wise nor
temperate" were the subject of a recusal motion...
What kind of expense amounts to a "loss" under
the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), and did a Virginia litigation-support company
incur the required minimum of $5,000 in losses when it investigated an alleged
breach of its computer systems...
A May 6 study in Science with the
banal title of "Relationship Between Clinical Signs and Transmission of an
Infectious Disease and the Implications for Control," written by a number of
scientists at the Institute for Animal Health
that a user accepts "automatically" by the virtue of visiting the site. If you
want to understand your rights in connection with using the site, you should
On April 27, 2011, the United States Supreme Court issued
an important decision upholding an arbitration clause barring class-wide
arbitration. The decision has important implications for telecommunications and
other consumer contracts, including website...
The Business Court yesterday sifted through cross motions
for summary judgment brought by the seller and buyer of a business selling
"power protection devices used primarily to control power surges and to
provide power filtration in high volume...
Steinman v. Malamed , (June 28, 2010) 185 Cal. App. 4th
1550, 111 Cal. Rptr. 3d 304.
This case suggests that UCC § 1-308 (allowing payment
"under protest") may not be interpreted broadly to allow a party to reserve
rights when making...
A new line of women's footwear now being sold by Yves
Saint-Laurent has high-end French shoe designer Christian Louboutin seeing red.
Louboutin's companies, asserting that a new line of red Yves Saint-Laurent shoes
violates their U.S. trademark...
39 J.L. Med. & Ethics 96
Author: Cordaro Rodriguez
The American Journal of Law & Medicine has been tracking and
contributing to the development of health law since its inception at Boston
University School of Law in...
Consumer review sites continue to grow in popularity.
Sites like Angie's List ,
Avvo , and Yelp (to name but a
few) allow people to post their experiences with lawyers, doctors,
hairdressers, restaurants, roofers, and just about anyone else,...
It's Passover, a time when Jews think more about their
food than we usually do, which is a lot. I was raised in a kosher home
where we had four sets of dishes, meat and milk each for chametz and
Passover. Every year, cupboards were lined, closets...
The Fourth Circuit on Thursday sided with a franchisor in
its efforts to recover prospective damages under North Carolina law, including
lost profits, from a franchisee which it had terminated. Franchisors
seeking such damages should find joy in Meineke...
There is a recent case from March 2011 that caught my
attention: a Louisiana personal injury lawyer, who operated an "attorney
incubator", owed $158,000 in back taxes because he misclassified his associates
as independent contractors instead...
Lacoste Alligator, S.A., which sells tennis shirts and
other apparel with the distinctive green crocodile logo in high-end stores like Nordstrom and
Saks Fifth Avenue, will get a chance to find out, through discovery in a
lawsuit, which of its distributors...
So much of discovery depends on agreement: for example,
where and when will the officers of an out of state corporate defendant appear
for their depositions. And what about an out of country
defendant? Can you make their representatives appear in...
Wow. Today the Nasdaq (technically Nasdaq OMX) made
an $11.3 billion bid to buy NYSE Euronext, hoping to outbid Deutsche
Boerse's friendly offer. So what happens next? Do we allow a German
outfit to own the most famous stock exchange in the world...
Did an Associated Press reporter commit a foul against an
NBA referee earlier this year by defaming him on Twitter during a league game? On March 14,
2011, National Basketball Association official Bill Spooner filed a federal defamation
by William T. Wilson
Purely commercial bribery can
be as troublesome to a company as its more famous relative involving government
officials -- prohibited by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. There is a new
focus on transnational and national solutions...
A corporate or individual litigant is usually
responsible for the payment of its own attorneys' fees and costs in a lawsuit
in the New York state courts. New York follows the
so-called "American Rule" that a litigant is "not . ....
One of the first
scenes in IFC's comedy " Portlandia '
involves a couple asking their waitress for the provenance of the chicken they
are considering ordering. She comes back with a photograph of "Colin", the