WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Delaware federal judge properly construed various disputed phrases in two injectable acetaminophen patents and correctly concluded that a defendant infringed those asserted claims, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held March 23 (Cadence Pharmaceuticals Inc., et al. v. Exela PharmSci Inc., et al., No. 14-1184, Fed. Cir.).
PHILADELPHIA - A motion for judgment as a matter of law (JMOL) by two textbook makers following an adverse jury verdict in a copyright case was rejected March 20 by a Pennsylvania federal judge (Grant Heilman Photography Inc. v. McGraw-Hill Global Holdings LLC, et al., No. 12-2061, E.D. Pa.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34813).
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on March 19 affirmed that because a general and personal liability insurance policy bars coverage for defamation committed with an intent to injure, the insurer has no duty to defend against claims that an orthodontist posted online defamatory comments about a competitor (Sletten & Brettin Orthodontics, LLC, et al. v. Continental Casualty Co., et al., No. 13-2918, 8th Cir.).
NEW YORK - Claims by a former union member and his wife that they were defamed in a union newsletter that was printed and also published on a website hosted by GoDaddy.com LLC all fail because the claims against the union are time-barred and the website host is entitled to immunity, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled March 18 (Peter Ricci, et al. v. Teamsters Union Local 456, et al., No. 14-1732, 2nd Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 4303).
SAN FRANCISCO - Declaratory judgment counterclaims of patent noninfringement and invalidity can proceed because they are not barred by any provision in the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), a California federal judge ruled March 19 (Amgen Inc., et al. v. Sandoz Inc., et al., No. 14-4741, N.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34537).
ATLANTA - A photographer need not pay a partly prevailing copyright infringement defendant its attorney fees because the photographer's allegation of removal of copyright management information (CMI) "was not entirely without merit," according to a March 19 ruling by a Georgia federal judge (Iran Watson v. Kappa Map Group LLC, No. 14-100, N.D. Ga.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 33852).
ATLANTA - A Florida federal judge properly found that plaintiff Sandshaker Lounge and Package Store LLC had no protectable rights in the "bushwacker" trademark because it is "a generic term for a chocolaty frozen drink containing rum and coffee liqueur," the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled March 19 (Sandshaker Lounge and Package Store LLC v. Quietwater Entertainment Inc., No. 14-14481, 11th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 4419).
WILMINGTON, Del. - Allegations that AOL Advertising Inc. infringed two patents relating to online business transactions were rejected March 18 by a Delaware federal judge (Priceplay.com Inc. v. AOL Advertising Inc., No. 14-92, D. Del.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 33151).
MINNEAPOLIS - A group of consumer plaintiffs in a consolidated lawsuit over a 2013 data breach experienced by Target Corp., filed a motion for approval in Minnesota federal court on March 18, stating that they had reached a settlement in which the retailer agreed to pay $10 million to settle all of the consumers' claims against it (In re: Target Corporation Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, No. 0:14-md-02522, D. Minn.).
CINCINNATI - An Ohio federal judge properly granted a defendant summary judgment on allegations of copyright infringement, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled March 18 (Stolle Machinery Company LLC v. RAM Precision Industries et al., No. 13-4103, 6th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 4403).
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Two groups of plaintiffs in consolidated class complaints accusing a payroll service company of breach of contract and other violations following a breach of their computer system lack standing to sue because they present no evidence of actual injury, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled March 13 (Daniel B. Storm, et al. v. Paytime, Inc., Barbara Holt, et al. v. Paytime Harrisburg, Inc., d/b/a Paytime, Inc., No. 14-1138, M.D. Pa.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31286).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An Oregon federal judge, acting on remand following reinstatement of a jury verdict of patent infringement, did not err in denying a defendant the opportunity to relitigate the question of patent validity, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled March 18 (Smith & Nephew Inc. v. Arthrex Inc., Nos. 14-1691, -1694, Fed. Cir.).
SAN FRANCISCO - Rideshare application (app) operator Uber Technologies Inc. may subpoena the operator of a third-party website in its effort to uncover the identity of a John Doe defendant responsible for a data breach incident, a California federal magistrate judge ruled March 16, granting Uber's discovery motion (Uber Technologies Inc. v. John Doe I, No. 3:15-cv-00908, N.D. Calif.).
TYLER, Texas - A Texas federal jury on March 16 deemed Apple not liable for infringement of five standard-essential wireless patents (Core Wireless Licensing S.A.R.L. v. Apple Inc., No. 12-100, E.D. Texas).
CHICAGO - Allegations by Par Sterile Products LLC that a defendant misrepresented its vasopressin injection as safe, effective and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in violation of the Lanham Act will proceed in part, an Illinois federal judge ruled March 17 (Par Sterile Products LLC v. Fresenius KABI USA LLC, No. 14-3349, N.D. Ill.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32409).
CAMDEN, N.J. - Immunity conferred on interactive computer service providers by the Communications Decency Act (CDA) led a New Jersey federal judge on March 13 to dismiss negligence claims against a gay social network operator that a man alleged was negligent and, therefore, liable for claims against him related to a sexual encounter with an underage user of the network (William F. Saponaro Jr. v. Grindr LLC, No. 1:14-cv-04522, D. N.J.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 30795).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Findings by a Delaware federal judge that various claims of four patents are valid and infringed by Apple Inc. were only partly correct, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled March 17 (MobileMedia Ideas LLC v. Apple Inc., Nos. 14-1060, -1091, Fed. Cir.).
SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on March 16 found that plaintiffs' failure to allege that their cleaning service and its trademark enjoyed nationwide fame defeated their federal trademark infringement claims against the operator of LivingSocial.com, granting in part a motion to dismiss (Troy Feagin, et al. v. LivingSocial Inc., et al., No. 3:14-cv-00418, S.D. Calif.).
MIAMI - A not-for-profit organization on March 16 won summary judgment from a federal judge in Florida on allegations that it violated the Lanham Act (Edward Tobinick MD v. M.D. Steven Novella, et al., No. 14-80781, S.D. Fla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31884).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In light of the recent revelation that former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton used her personal email account to conduct official government business, Gawker Media LLC on March 13 sued the U.S. Department of State under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeking an order compelling disclosure of requested communications between a Clinton staffer and certain media outlets (Gawker Media LLC, et al. v. Department of State, No. 1:15-cv-00363, D. D.C.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Connecticut federal judge erred in construing claims of a nucleotide probe patent as covering direct and indirect detection of a signaling moiety, a divided panel of the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled March 16 (Enzo Biochem Inc. et al. v. Applera Corp. et al., No. 14-1321, Fed. Cir.).
WILMINGTON, Del. - A lawsuit over seven patents covering genetically modified soybeans was objectively unreasonable, a Delaware federal judge ruled March 13 (Bayer Cropscience AG v. Dow Agrosciences LLC, No. 12-256, D. Del.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 30752).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a March 13 amicus curiae brief, filed upon invitation of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. solicitor general recommended that the high court deny an online data aggregation service's petition for certiorari in a dispute over the injury-in-fact requirement to establish standing to bring a suit under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) per Article III of the U.S. Constitution (Spokeo, Inc. v. Thomas Robins, et al., No. 13-1339, U.S. Sup.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A decision by the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board to reverse an examiner's rejections of a power converter patent was vacated and remanded in part by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on March 13 (Vicor Corporation v. SynQor Inc., No. 14-1578, Fed. Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 4054).