A citizen advocacy coalition on Thursday sued the city of New York in state court, seeking to stop a proposed renovation of the main branch of the New York Public Library that was approved by ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, saying the plan would “mutilate” the historic building and the environmental review had been rubber-stamped.
A logo designer has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Fourth Circuit's ruling freeing the Baltimore Ravens and NFL Enterprises LLC from paying him royalties for alleged infringement of his design, saying the appeals court erred in finding the defendants' use of the design in historical footage fit within the fair-use doctrine of the Copyright Act.
The Federal Trade Commission, three states and Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing Inc. have reached a $169 million deal to end a lawsuit over an allegedly illegal pyramid scheme that affected more than 100,000 consumers, according to a settlement agreement filed Friday in Kentucky federal court.
The U.S. Supreme Court said Friday that the U.S. solicitor general can participate as amicus curiae next week in oral arguments in nine cases, including Pom Wonderful LLC's suit accusing competitor Coca-Cola Co.'s juice label of misleading consumers.
The University of Southern California and its student health center urged a California federal judge on Friday to toss an ex-USC football player's claims that a team doctor negligently administered a painkiller that gave him a heart attack, saying the player didn't show a breach in the standard of care.
Media research company The Nielsen Company (US) LLC has agreed to pay up to $1.2 million to settle a putative class action in which employees claimed they were denied overtime compensation and proper meal breaks and rest periods, in violation of state and federal laws, according to a settlement agreement in California federal court announced Thursday.
The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday made a push to join a dispute over the government's ability to prohibit Twitter Inc. and Yahoo Inc. from disclosing grand jury investigations to users, urging a D.C. federal court to unseal the proceedings and allow the companies to participate.
A New York appeals court on Thursday freed two insurers from footing a $3.2 million judgment against a sports equipment company accused of lifting trade secrets after luring a competitor's employee, finding the policies did not cover violations of a corporation's privacy rights.
ViXS Systems Inc. is accusing several technology companies, including Entropic Communications Inc. and DirecTV LLC, of importing set-top boxes and other products that infringe four of its patents, according to a complaint filed Thursday with the U.S. International Trade Commission.
A New York federal judge ruled Thursday that The New York Times Co. doesn't have to produce documents sought by a pension fund for an underlying investor suit accusing a health care operator of performing unnecessary, highly profitable cardiac procedures.
In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Motion Picture Association of America defends its mark-protected ratings symbols, booze behemoth Diageo goes after Sutter Home over a "Royal" mark, and Warner Brothers' fight to defend its "Wizard of Oz" trademarks continues.
A Venezuelan salsa composer filed suit Wednesday in Florida state court accusing two music publishers and their owners of selling his music, including pieces not under contract, through online stores and failing to pay him royalties.
The Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation on Thursday that abolishes the state’s film tax credit in 2016, pending a report to the Legislature on tax revenue that is slipping between the cracks.
A California federal judge on Friday blasted GoDaddy Inc.’s now-failed bid to disqualify the judge overseeing a cybersquatting suit against it as an extremely bad judgment call, but ruled it was not made in bad faith to justify sanctioning the web host.
A screenwriter is demanding $5 million from BBC America Inc. and others, alleging copyright infringement and breach of implied contract over the science-fiction television series "Orphan Black," according to a suit filed Thursday in California federal court.
A lawsuit filed Friday accuses James Franco's former talent manager and his former financial manager of operating an eight-year scam to steal a portion of the commissions the movie star was paying to talent management firm James Levy Management Inc.
A defeat for Aereo Inc. in its U.S. Supreme Court battle with broadcasters could pose a big threat to the world of cloud computing, the company and others have claimed. With arguments in the case set for Tuesday, Law360 examines if the justices can shut down Aereo without causing problems in the cloud.
The Seventh Circuit handed down a scathing opinion this week against a litigious Wisconsin singer-dancer who performs in a giant banana suit, calling a copyright suit over Facebook photos of her performance meritless and blasting her for "incessant filing of frivolous lawsuits.”
A class of tech employees urged a California federal court on Thursday to deny a bid by Apple Inc., Google Inc. and other tech companies to limit evidence in an upcoming trial over their alleged conspiracy to suppress wages and not compete for each others' workers, arguing that the tech giants' request to bar statements about Steve Jobs' character was overbroad.
Global ticketing giant Live Nation Entertainment Inc. rounded out its stake in its Japanese unit, it said late Thursday, in a deal that lifts ownership from a Japanese competitor and gives the California company full strategic influence as it pursues a global expansion plan.
The Florida appellate case of Comins v. VanVoorhis offers the latest in a small but growing number of debates over whether and, if so, what kinds of bloggers or publishers of Internet content should be afforded the same protection as print and broadcast journalists. Indeed, one of the more controversial points of contention for the Free Flow of Information Act bill still awaiting passage by Congress is a provision that narrowly defines "covered journalist" to exclude bloggers, says Robert Rogers of Holland & Knight LLP.
There has been a dramatic change in how public relations professionals interact with the news media to promote or protect a law firm’s brand and reputation. But content is queen and has a bright future in law firm PR — it all begins with a plan that should include goals, performance indicators and a system of assessment, say Paul Webb, director of marketing at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, and Kathy O'Brien, senior vice president at Jaffe PR.
The Ninth Circuit's recent decision in Herb Reed Enterprises LLC v. Florida Entertainment Management Inc. has shifted the balance against plaintiffs seeking a preliminary injunction in the trademark context to be in line with the trend in patent cases. The party seeking an injunction must proffer some evidence of irreparable harm, and can no longer rely on the presumption, say Beth Goldman and Daniel Justice of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
The ruling by the Southern District of New York in Zhang v. Baidu strongly supports the principle that search engines and e-commerce sites are immune from legal claims based on how they retrieve, present and rank information and products. This result is particularly important because high rankings on Google, Amazon and other powerful search engines are critical for companies conducting e-commerce, says Joshua Fowkes of Arent Fox LLP.
The emergence of “smart” technology is opening new avenues for advertisers and media and entertainment companies to reach consumers at home and provide them with content and services in a new interactive, direct and personalized manner. But companies must be aware of the potential dangers in this space and take certain steps to ensure transparency in their data collection efforts, says F. Paul Pittman of Sedgwick LLP.
While the actual breaches are unknown, Heartbleed has the potential to expose all of a lawyer's files stored or transmitted online. The bug raises professional responsibility questions and offers confirmation of the greatest anxieties that the legal industry has about online practice. In fact, the timing is poor for many legal tech providers, following a general industry warming to cloud offerings, says David Houlihan of Blue Hill Research Inc.
Why do the majority of speakers get polite claps at the end of their talks while a few select others receive rousing applause? Having given more than 375 presentations to legal groups, bar associations, Fortune 500 companies and corporate gatherings, I’ve learned a few things about what not to do. Remember, great speakers don’t tell “war stories.” They don’t even give examples from their own practice, says Michael Rubin of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.
The confluence of a vigorous legal defense with a sophisticated press strategy helped us exonerate — both within the courtroom and in the court of public opinion — an Army officer accused of sexual assault. Normally, PR professionals work with attorneys to minimize a client’s exposure and correct inaccuracies in coverage, but sometimes transparency is the better route, as in this case, say Lathrop Nelson III of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP and Josh Zeitz of MWW.
A Kansas federal court's recent decision in Sprint Communications Co. LP v. Comcast Cable Communications LLC raises concerns about the possible inadvertent waiver of attorney-client privileged documents when responding to document requests. But perhaps most concerning, the court’s claim of a trend among its “sister courts” is misguided, says Jay Barron of Bingham McCutchen LLP.
An interesting twist is that while one is unable to register a vulgar trademark, there is no such roadblock for patenting a device that one may consider vulgar. The same office that prevented a rooster-shaped lollipop from obtaining a registered trademark because of a double entendre has issued patents for many sexual devices — whose names, if trademarked, would probably be rejected for their vulgarity, says Shelly Rosenfeld of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.