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    NFL Released From Ravens Logo Copyright Dispute

    A Maryland federal judge on Thursday pared the National Football League Properties Inc. from a copyright suit brought by the designer of the Baltimore Ravens' old “Flying B” logo, finding that the NFL’s merchandising arm didn’t...

    AbbVie, Teva Accused Of Pay-For-Delay On Generic Niaspan

    A union pension fund lodged an antitrust class action Thursday accusing AbbVie Inc. of paying off Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. in a sham patent settlement to delay the release of a generic version of the cholesterol drug Niaspan. ...read more

    Cooley Poached Chadbourne IP Adviser, Recruiter Says

    Legal recruiter Wise Counsel LLC on Thursday hit Cooley LLP and the chair of its New York intellectual property practice with a lawsuit alleging they caused Wise Counsel to lose $26,250 when they poached an engineer that Wise Counsel had recruited for...

    Broadcasters Strike Out Again In Aereo Ruling

    The Second Circuit recently held that Aereo Inc., which provides a service that streams local broadcast TV programming to subscribers, does not violate any copyrights of the broadcasters because the service does not constitute a transmission to the public...

    Foundry Fights Off Alleged ‘Patent Troll’ In Fed. Circ.

    The Federal Circuit affirmed a Michigan federal court’s decision on Thursday granting Foundry Networks LLC — now Brocade Communications Systems Inc. — summary judgment of patent invalidity against purported “patent troll”...

    Reuters Under Attack After Firing Of Alleged Whistleblower

    A former employee of Thomson Reuters Corp. sued the multinational news wire service Thursday in New York federal court, claiming the company fired him for reporting to the FBI that he suspected the firm violated insider trading laws by releasing a consumer...

    Hilco's PE Unit Rescues Music Chain HMV

    The private equity division of restructuring firm Hilco Trading LLC said Friday that it had bought 141 retail locations of insolvent HMV Group PLC, saying it had plans to revive the U.K-based bankrupt DVD and CD seller. ...read more

    Stryker Exec Who Jumped Ship Told To Hand Over Trade Secrets

    A Michigan federal judge Tuesday blocked a former Stryker Corp. marketing director from attending a high-profile industry conference and demanded he cough up documents containing trade secrets, finding there are good odds the man flouted a noncompete...

    DuPont GC Had Role In $1B Monsanto Verdict, Suit Says

    DuPont Co.'s general counsel directly oversaw the crafting of a 2002 licensing agreement for herbicide-resistant seeds that led to a patent infringement lawsuit by its rival Monsanto Co. and an eventual $1 billion jury verdict, an investor suing the...

    Liberty Media Puts Up $2.6B For 27% Charter Stake

    Liberty Media Corp. has agreed to acquire roughly 27.3 percent of private equity-backed cable operator Charter Communications Inc. in a $2.62 billion stock and warrant purchase, both companies said Tuesday. ...read more

    Union Dispute Has Journal Register Judge Mulling $120M Sale

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Tuesday held off ruling on the proposed $120 million sale of newspaper group Journal Register Co.’s assets to a unit of hedge fund Alden Global Capital LLC, taking more time to consider the last union objection. ....

    Apple, Samsung Lose Bids To Seal Docs In Patent Battle

    The California federal judge overseeing Apple Inc.’s second mobile device patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on Monday denied requests by both companies to seal several documents, saying some of the information has...

    And Now A Word From The Panel ...

    One of the most fascinating facets of watching the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is trying to guess not simply whether an MDL will be created, but where it will be located. Take, for example, In re Mirena IUD Products Liability and Marketing...

    High Court Says 1st-Sale Doctrine Covers Foreign Goods

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that federal copyright law's first-sale doctrine extends to products made outside the U.S. ...read more

    Hartford Dodges Coverage For Adobe Piracy Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday ruled Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. has no duty to cover software company Purplus Inc. in a lawsuit filed by Adobe Systems Inc. alleging Purplus infringed its copyrights and trademarks by copying and distributing...

    Samsung Hits Back At Ericsson In Patent Licensing Battle

    Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. countersued Ericsson Inc. in Texas federal court Monday over 12 telecom patents, alleging Ericsson — "unhinged" by its exit from the mobile device market — has refused to license its standard-essential...

    Hedge Fund Suit Over Liverpool Takeover Lacking, RBS Says

    A Royal Bank of Scotland PLC attorney urged a New York state judge to toss a hedge fund's lawsuit accusing the bank of derailing its £385 million ($605 million) bid for topflight English soccer team Liverpool FC, arguing that new allegations...

    Deals Rumor Mill: Rockwood, Best Buy, Samsung

    Rockwood bundles assets in an attempt to stoke multibillion-dollar private equity interest, while a Best Buy executive's move fuels talk of divestments for the wavering company. ...read more

    Bankrupt Yellow Pages Makers Keep Merger On Track

    Dex One Corp. and SuperMedia Inc. took a step toward their anticipated merger Tuesday as a Delaware bankruptcy judge approved a series of first-day motions intended to keep the Yellow Pages publishers running smoothly ahead of a Chapter 11 confirmation...

    Class Actions Go Viral: Facebook Forces Attys To Adapt

    A Michigan judge’s recent gag order forcing an attorney to pull down Facebook posts criticizing a class action settlement marks the latest skirmish in what some attorneys see as a brewing storm over how to regulate the rising power of social media...

    Sea Change For Import And Sale Of Foreign-Made Goods

    The March 19 U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of a nongeographic interpretation of the first sale doctrine will have major implications for the sale of secondhand goods in numerous markets that involve copyrighted materials, such as consumer electronics...

    Camera Cos. Shake Memory Card Claims In Papst Patent MDL

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Tuesday threw out patent infringement claims in a multidistrict litigation against Canon Inc., Eastman Kodak Co. and other camera companies, ruling that camera memory cards are stand-alone technology separate from...

    A New Roadmap For Northern Calif. E-Discovery

    New e-discovery guidelines from the Northern District of California will require an early and substantial knowledge of the preservation and discovery of electronically stored information — including where and how much data may be stored, which custodians...

    Copyrighting Yoga Poses Is Too Much Of A Stretch

    Fitness innovators who wish to protect their intellectual property may be sweating a bit more after a U.S. district court in Los Angeles told the founder of Bikram yoga he couldn’t copyright his famous yoga. The court’s ruling and a statement from the...

    Avoid The Top 10 Pitfalls In A Jury Charge Conference

    It can be a challenge even for experienced trial lawyers to keep one eye on the present trial and one eye on the future appellate record, as the charge conference requires. But being aware of the major pitfalls of the conference, and how to avoid them...