SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California federal judge on March 10 certified a class and subclass of minors suing a social networking site for allegedly violating California law by permitting minors to make purchases through its website that are final and otherwise nonrefundable (I.B., by and through his guardian ad litem Glynnis Bohannon, et al. v. Facebook, Inc., No. 12-1894, N.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29357).
HOUSTON - Litigation over the right to use the "World Igbo Congress" trademark will proceed in Texas, a federal judge there ruled March 11 (World Igbo Congress Inc. et al. v. Chief Cyril Nwaguru, No. 14-3213, S.D. Texas).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration did not exceed the scope of its authority when revoking two of five tentative abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) approvals, a District of Columbia federal judge ruled March 11 (Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., et al. v. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, et al., No. 14-1923, D. D.C.).
BALTIMORE - Wikimedia Foundation and a group of eight other nonprofit and human rights organizations filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency and other U.S. government entities in Maryland federal court on March 10, alleging constitutional violations in the government's en masse seizure of Americans' Internet communications (Wikimedia Foundation, et al. v. National Security Agency, et al., No. 1:15-cv-00662, D. Md.).
MADISON, Wis. - Several defendants accused of copyright infringement in connection with legal documents in a state court case won summary judgment on March 10 when a Wisconsin federal judge agreed that the plaintiff failed to demonstrate that any copying had taken place (Rodney Rigsby, et al., v. Chris Miscik, et al., No. 14-23, W.D. Wis.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28878).
HOUSTON - Efforts by Uber Technologies Inc. and a co-defendant to obtain dismissal of allegations that they falsely advertised their services and misrepresented their level of insurance coverage to consumers were only partly successful on March 10, when a Texas federal judge agreed to allow a portion of the case proceed (Greater Houston Transportation Authority, et al. v. Uber Technologies Inc., No. 14-941, S.D. Texas).
LOS ANGELES - After deliberating just over one full day, a jury empanelled before U.S. Judge John A. Kronstadt of the Central District of California on March 10 ruled in favor of the late Marvin Gaye's heirs in a high-profile music copyright dispute over the hit song "Blurred Lines" (Pharrell Williams et al. v. Bridgeport Music Inc. et al., No. 13-6004, C.D. Calif.).
SAN FRANCISCO - A California appeals panel on March 9 affirmed a lower court's ruling that a commercial general liability insurance policy's intellectual property exclusion precludes coverage for an underlying lawsuit alleging that the insured used the name and likeness of a designer, author and inventor to market its products without permission from the insured's estate (Alterra Excess and Surplus Insurance Co. v. Estate of Buckminster Fuller, No. A140453, Calif. App., 1st Dist., Div. 2; 2015 Cal. App. LEXIS 216).
LOS ANGELES - A Florida man on March 6 filed a class action lawsuit in a California federal court, alleging that a mobile phone dating application company violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) when it stopped offering the app for free and began charging for its use (Billy Warner v. Tinder Inc., No. 15-1668, C.D. Calif.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An examiner's decision to reject, as obvious, a patent application covering an automobile ignition system was not erroneous, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled March 10 (In re: Tara Chand Singhal, No. 14-1704, Fed. Cir.).
LOS ANGELES - The operator of an adult website has failed to "identify any new evidence or law that it could not have, with reasonable diligence, presented" previously, a California federal judge ruled March 6, declining to reconsider his previous judgment in favor of two Usenet service providers in a copyright infringement dispute (Perfect 10 Inc. v. Giganews Inc., et al., No. 2:11-cv-07098, C.D. Calif.).
MIAMI - A trademark and copyright dispute between a franchisor and its former franchisees will proceed, thanks to a March 9 ruling by a Florida federal judge (Help at Home Inc. v. CAM Enterprises et al., No. 14-80255, S.D. Fla.).
SHERMAN, Texas - A prevailing plaintiff was awarded $88.7 million on March 6 by a Texas federal jury, including $73,653 on allegations of patent infringement (Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions Inc. v. Intersil Corp., No. 08-451, E.D. Texas).
SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge erred by not addressing the essentiality of a plaintiff's decision to use the color green on its ear plugs, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled March 6 (Moldex-Metric Inc. v. McKeon Products Inc., No. 13-55446, 9th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 3584).
CHICAGO - Wendy's International Inc. will face allegations that it infringed a patented method for accessing electronic data, an Illinois federal judge ruled March 5 (Marshall Feature Recognition LLC v. Wendy's International Inc., No. 14-865, N.D. Ill.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26386).
ALBANY, N.Y. - A June 2014 preliminary injunction barring a defendant from ordering, purchasing, marketing or selling sports protective eyewear under the "Rec Specs" trademark will remain in place, a New York federal judge ruled March 5 (Halo Optical Products Inc. v. Liberty Sports Inc., No. 14-282, N.D. N.Y.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26714).
NEW YORK - Acting on remand from the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, a New York federal judge on March 5 stood by his earlier findings that Oprah Winfrey did not violate the Lanham Act when using the slogan "Own Your Power" (Simone Kelly-Brown, et al. v. Oprah Winfrey, et al., No. 11-7875, S.D. N.Y.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27124).
SANTA ANA, Calif. - Noting a moving defendant's failure to show significant prejudice from a plaintiff's failure to comply with certain portions of its discovery requests, and in light of a subsequent submission of comparable evidence, a California federal magistrate on March 3 granted in part the defendant's motion for sanctions, awarding only a small portion of the award sought (Oculu LLC v. Oculus VR Inc., No. 8:14-cv-00196, C.D. Calif.).
CHICAGO - A Nevada doctor need not defend against patent infringement allegations in Illinois federal court, thanks to a March 3 ruling by U.S. Judge Edmond E. Chang of the Northern District of Illinois (Addiction and Detoxification Institute LLC v. Thomas C. Yee, No. 14-5648, N.D. Ill.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25716).
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A Florida federal magistrate judge on March 4 ordered a copyright and trademark infringement plaintiff to hand over evidence relating to its finances from 2010 to the present (Exist Inc. v. ESY Inc., No. 14-62429, S.D. Fla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26248).
JACKSON, Miss. - Pending briefing and discovery, a Mississippi federal judge on March 2 granted a motion by Google Inc. to preliminarily enjoin a subpoena Mississippi Attorney General (AG) Jim Hood served on the Internet giant in conjunction with his efforts to curb online piracy and the sale of counterfeit prescription drugs (Google Inc. v. Jim Hood, No. 3:14-cv-00981, S.D. Miss.).
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Allegations of legal malpractice levied against a law firm in connection with its alleged failure to provide timely notice of alleged patent infringement will proceed, thanks to a March 4 denial of summary judgment by a New York federal judge (Oak Forest Products Inc., et al. v. Hiscock & Barclay LLP, No. 12-6453, W.D. N.Y.).
TRENTON, N.J. - Two claims of a patented formulation for the treatment of osteoporosis were deemed invalid as obvious on March 4 by a New Jersey federal judge (Warner Chilcott Co. et al. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals Inc., No. 11-6936, D. N.J.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26207).
SAN FRANCISCO - In a March 2 corrected ruling, a California federal magistrate judge applied a legal standard championed by Twitter Inc. and an amicus curiae and reversed an earlier order in which she had granted a defamation plaintiff's motion to compel discovery of two anonymous Twitter users, concluding upon reconsideration that their postings were protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Music Group Macao Commercial Offshore Ltd., et al. v. John Does I-IX, No. 3:14-mc-80328, N.D. Calif.).
NEW YORK - In a March 2 judgment, a New York federal judge sentenced a confessed hacker to 24 months' imprisonment for his illegal access to at least 400 victims' computers via remote access tool (RAT) malicious software (malware) (United States of America v. Kyle Fedorek, No. 1:14-cr-00548, S.D. N.Y.).