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Dickey's Barbecue Pit Files Lawsuit Against Former Owner/Operator

MERIDIAN, Idaho — Dickey's Barbecue Pit has filed a federal lawsuit against former Meridian, Idaho, franchise owner Luigi Mangione after he continued to use the brand when his franchise agreement ended, it was announced April 12. Dickey's terminated Luigi Mangione's franchise agreement...

HP Sues Ex-CEO Hurd Over New Job At Rival Oracle

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Hewlett-Packard Co. is suing the chief executive it ousted last month, Mark Hurd, to stop him from taking a top job at rival Oracle Corp. The lawsuit , filed Tuesday in a California state court, came a day after Oracle hired Hurd as co-president. . . . Full version available to lexis...

Lacoste Granted Limited Discovery In Lawsuit Over Sales In 'Big Box' Stores

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 (if any) have been selling its products to Costco...

Jury Rejects Mattel's Bratz Doll Copyright Claim

SANTA ANA, Calif. - (AP) A federal court jury on Thursday rejected Mattel Inc.'s claims that it owns the copyright to the blockbuster, billion-dollar Bratz dolls and instead awarded upstart rival MGA Entertainment Inc. more than $88 million in damages for misappropriation of trade secrets. The verdict...

Stradling Adds Prominent Southern California IP Litigator As Shareholder

SAN DIEGO - Alexandra ("Alex") Mahaney, an IP litigation shareholder, has joined Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth as a shareholder, in its San Diego office and as a member of Stradling's Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. Mahaney was formerly a partner at the San Diego...

Mattel To Pay Rival $309 Million In Bratz Doll Spat

SANTA ANA, Calif. - (AP) A federal judge ordered toy giant Mattell Inc. to pay rival MGA Entertainment Inc. more than $309 million on Thursday, marking another tumultuous chapter in the years-long legal fight between the two companies over ownership of the lucrative Bratz fashion doll line. The judge's...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Jury Awards DuPont $920M In Virginia Intellectual Property Case

By Dabney Carr Yesterday [September 14th], in what we believe is the largest verdict in an intellectual property case in Virginia, a jury in the Richmond Division of the Eastern District of Virginia awarded Dupont $920 million for misappropriation of trade secrets against the Korean company, Kolon...

Crowell & Moring Releases Report, 'Litigation Forecast 2013'

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Crowell & Moring LLP has announced the publication of "Litigation Forecast 2013: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know in the Coming Year." The report explores critical litigation issues, provides concise, forward-looking perspectives on trends affecting a wide range of...

Fulbright's 9th Annual Litigation Trends Survey: Litigation Bounces Back; Regulation Hits High

Companies in the United States and United Kingdom dealt with more litigation while regulatory investigations reached a five-year high, according to Fulbright's 9 th Annual Litigation Trends Survey . After a one-year decline, litigation rose to 2010 levels as businesses on both sides of the Atlantic...