A federal judge indicated Thursday that the U.S. Department of Justice has a shot at winning a case alleging Apple Inc. conspired with publishers to fix e-book prices, providing an early read on a much-anticipated trial.
The European Parliament voted Thursday to begin talks on a U.S.-European Union free trade agreement, but called for the negotiations not to address the film and television industries.
A Miami Beach sports agency on Tuesday hit former partner Ronnie Chalmers, the father of Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers, with a trade secrets and contract suit in Florida state court claiming he exploited his partnership stake to advance his own career as an agent, at the expense of the agency.
A California federal judge agreed Thursday to temporarily stay Pragmatus AV's case accusing Yahoo Inc.'s Messenger of infringing two communications technology patents in order to give a Delaware court time to rule on Yahoo's motion to transfer a nearly identical case to the Golden State.
A former stockbroker accused of defrauding a real estate company and the producers of defunct Broadway musical “Rebecca” sought bail in New York federal court Thursday as negotiations for a potential plea deal continue, saying he has found temporary work and is not a flight risk.
A pair of House Democrats on Wednesday unveiled the latest bill aimed at barring employers from demanding direct access to current and prospective employees’ password-protected accounts on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Thursday that Microsoft Corp. didn't infringe a patent owned by Google Inc. subsidiary Motorola Mobility when it manufactured the popular video gaming brand Xbox.
The trustee overseeing the California "Girls Gone Wild" bankruptcy derided efforts by founder Joe Francis to halt the bankruptcy of a subsidiary involved in the purportedly fraudulent overseas transfer of company trademarks on Thursday, saying his emergency motion was filed an hour and a half too late.
Deal makers really don't want to spend Memorial Day weekend in the office. A flurry of transactions have made this one of the year's busiest weeks in mergers and acquisitions, with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP among those that freed up grilling time.
The U.S. Tennis Association's $500 million plan to expand its tennis center in Queens moved one step closer to reality Wednesday when New York City's Planning Commission voted to approve the controversial proposal.
The heirs of Superman co-creator Joseph Shuster did not agree to release their statutory right to reclaim Superman copyrights in a 1992 deal with DC Comics, the heirs told the Ninth Circuit on Thursday in a bid to overturn a victory for the publisher in their long-running copyright fight.
A Miss USA beauty pageant official urged a California appellate court Thursday to toss a breach of contract suit, arguing that a trial court erroneously greenlighted claims that she broke a secret agreement by talking to TMZ about a beauty queen's sex tape.
A Virginia federal judge on Thursday ordered Facebook Inc. to turn over documents related to its 2009 acquisition of FriendFeed, developer of the “Like” button, which is at the center of a lawsuit alleging Facebook infringes two social media patents.
House Judiciary Committee Republicans on Wednesday pressed the Justice Department for answers about its controversial investigation into reporters at The Associated Press, asking whether the department had attempted to limit the scope of its subpoenas or exhausted all other investigative tools before requesting them.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that casino revenue-sharing negotiations with the Seneca Nation Native American tribe have stalled, leaving the tribe’s territory open to other bidders as the state seeks to legalize table games like poker, roulette and craps.
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., iRobot Corp., Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. and others were hit with suits in Texas federal court Wednesday alleging their online stores infringe two Landmark Technology LLC patents for data processing and computer search systems.
The ousted head of Pennsylvania State University wants a state judge to dismiss criminal charges accusing him of helping cover up the conduct of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, arguing that his indictment was improperly based on testimony from a school lawyer who violated his attorney-client privilege.
An elite roster of the world's investment banks, securities exchanges and financial publications urged the Federal Circuit on Monday to affirm lower court rulings that they hadn't infringed data-compression patents held by software company RealTime Data LLC.
Former "Batman" actor Michael Keaton urged an Illinois federal court on Wednesday to toss a suit brought by a production company seeking to hold him liable because a movie he helped create didn’t live up to expectations for commercial success, calling the claims speculative.
Nintendo Co. Ltd. argued Wednesday that the U.S. International Trade Commission’s chief administrative law judge had not properly considered its arguments to invalidate a patent claim by an interactive game company accusing Nintendo's Wii products of infringing three patents.
An important practice tip that flows from the Third Circuit's opinion in Ryan Hart v. Electronic Arts Inc. is that talismanic invocation of the First Amendment does not resolve the legal problem of balancing that amendment with competing rights such as the right of publicity, says Ronald Katz of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.
In the technical sense, medical causation answers whether an accused substance brought about some alleged disease. But rarely are the central causal allegations in major toxic torts purely courtroom affairs — publicity and politics now drive the litigation, with plaintiff verdicts begetting more publicity, says James Sabovich of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
In its recent decision in Righthaven LLC v. Hoehn, the Ninth Circuit made clear that courts must look beyond labels in agreements and evaluate the substance of the rights actually assigned in order to determine whether an assignee has standing to pursue a claim for copyright infringement, say Benjamin Marks and Elisabeth Sperle of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.
The pros of using predictive coding far outweigh the cons. Given the heavy pressure on law firms and in-house counsel to reduce discovery costs, as well as the Justice Department's recent stance on the subject, it appears predictive coding will continue to emerge from the obscure world of legal technology to the mainstream of legal practice, say Michael Moscato and Myles Bartley of Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP.
"Escape From Tomorrow," a movie that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, was shot on-site at Disney World without the permission or knowledge of The Walt Disney Co. Disney didn't file suit, but it appears that the strategy of silence has largely paid off up to this point, says Brent Lorentz of Winthrop & Weinstine PA.
The Federal Communications Commission’s long-anticipated ruling in the Charvat v. Echostar and U.S. v. Dish Network LLP matter is significant because it confirms that companies that do not exercise undue levels of control over their telemarketers or their call centers will not be held liable when those third parties violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, say attorneys with Locke Lord LLP.
Though many of the issues in Viacom International Inc. v. YouTube Inc. are still unsettled in light of the strong likelihood of additional appeal in the Second Circuit, the district court’s analysis provides a basic framework for the Southern District of New York’s interpretation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s safe harbor provisions, say attorneys with Latham & Watkins LLP.
Many lawyers are asking whether placing electronically stored information in the cloud could inadvertently waive the attorney-client privilege and whether the government or a civil litigant could obtain ESI directly from a cloud service provider. In answering these questions, there are a number of aspects of the cloud worth considering, say Timothy Broas and Matthew Saxon of Winston & Strawn LLP.
Not every company can be the next Facebook. But thankfully, for many startups, generating one billion users is not the end goal, nor should it be. Enter “narrowcasting” — one of a few reasons to be optimistic about venture capital, despite the first quarter of 2013 being the slowest for fundraising since 2002, says David Kaufman of Thompson Coburn LLP.
As the rollout of new Internet domains continues to become more complex, it is crucial for intellectual property owners to familiarize themselves with each step of the trademark clearinghouse registration process in order to have full control over their brand, says Jan Corstens of Deloitte.