In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, a distillery tries to cancel a Twentieth Century Fox trademark for the movie "Sideways," the company behind James Bond is "stirred" to action, and Quaker Oats goes after a real-life woman who calls herself "Aunt Jemima."
Three biotechs and a health care provider quietly kicked off trading this week, braving the market as all eyes were fixed on e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s public debut on the New York Stock Exchange, after it raised a startling $21.8 billion.
The government and attorneys general for 33 states on Thursday urged a Second Circuit panel to keep a court-appointed monitor for Apple Inc. put in place after a ruling that the company fixed e-book prices with publishers, saying a judge didn't abuse discretion in denying Apple's attempt to disqualify the monitor.
The estate of writer Arthur Conan Doyle took its copyright dispute over the Sherlock Holmes stories to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, arguing that the editor of a new anthology of tales inspired by the detective should have been forced to cough up the work in question.
Al Jazeera America Holdings I Inc. on Thursday hit Al Gore and his Current TV co-founder with counterclaims in their Delaware Chancery Court suit over Al Jazeera's purchase of the failed cable network, saying they aren't entitled to $65 million held in escrow.
A Florida federal judge on Thursday ordered a former nightclub owner to hand over documents in a trademark infringement lawsuit that pornographic film company Vivid Entertainment Group filed against him over his use of the mark “Vivid” in the name and promotion of his club.
The U.S. market for initial public offerings is well on the way to its strongest year in more than a decade, and after the success of the Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. listing Friday — the largest IPO in U.S. history — the market is unlikely to hit the brakes any time soon, experts say.
Texas Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, said Thursday that a complaint he filed against members of the Texas Racing Commission seeking to block the introduction of historical racing machines at state racetracks had been tossed by a state judge because the lawmaker lacked standing.
In commenting on the Second Circuit's much-discussed decision against photographer Patrick Cariou, the Seventh Circuit’s recent fair use ruling added to criticism that courts are placing too much emphasis on “transformativeness." Some attorneys, though, say that's not the real problem with the earlier case.
The historic initial public offering of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. on Friday injected multibillion-dollar windfalls to the war chests of a pair of mammoth companies already under the M&A microscope, sending the marketplace buzzing over their next deal-making moves.
The Federal Trade Commission recently targeted mobile apps run by Yelp Inc. and TinyCo Inc. in enforcement actions under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, showing that the agency won't hesitate to apply the privacy rules it has traditionally enforced for websites to the mobile space, even with apps that aren't directed to children.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. officially started trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “BABA” Friday, skyrocketing to $99.09 per share in early trading before calming to close at $93.89, earning the e-commerce giant a roughly $231 billion market capitalization.
The Hong Kong investor-backed Aquis Casino Acquisitions Pty Ltd has scored a key approval from Australia's foreign investment watchdog to move forward with a controversial AU$216.9 million ($194.4 million) purchase of a local casino, according to a Friday investor filing.
Big data and information technology are poised to play prominent roles in upcoming transactions. The companies and investors that seem to be placing a high value on these dynamics appear to have an influence on results in pricing and the overall success of the transaction after it closes, says Bryan Brewer, co-chairman of Crowell & Moring LLP's corporate group.
Disney Interactive Studios Inc., Electronic Arts Inc. and other video game makers urged a California federal judge to toss patent infringement claims over a set of rules for lip-synching on animated characters, saying Thursday that the rules are unpatentable because they aren't novel or concrete.
News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson has joined the chorus of Google Inc. opponents and backed the European Commission's decision to push for yet another settlement offer in its search bias case, underscoring the difficulty attorneys say the European Union antitrust watchdog will have in finding a compromise that makes everyone happy.
Former San Francisco Giants baseball star Barry Bonds urged an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to reverse an appellate panel's ruling upholding his 2011 conviction for obstructing a federal investigation into steroid use, arguing that a witness's truthful evasive statements can't be criminalized.
Creditors of the reorganized hotel media provider formerly called LodgeNet Interactive Corp. sued Wednesday to block a “radical and brazen” restructuring plan crafted by fellow creditor Mast Capital Management LLC, saying it subordinates their debt in violation of LodgeNet’s Chapter 11 plan.
Law firm Gorry Meyer & Rudd LLP, which later merged with Venable LLP, escaped an ex-Los Angeles Times reporter's suit alleging it hired disgraced private investigator Anthony Pellicano to wiretap and threaten her, as a California judge ruled Thursday there wasn't sufficient evidence the firm ordered Pellicano to target her.
Creditors of bankrupt Prospect Park Networks LLC, which tried to extend the run of soap operas "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" online, blasted the production company's disclosure statement on Thursday, saying it omits key information and touts a plan that cannot be confirmed.
Parties contemplating a lawsuit over anonymous online postings may seek court-ordered, presuit discovery to investigate who owns and operates the social media account. Recent New York and Texas decisions evidence the necessity to research and understand fully the extent to which a jurisdiction allows presuit discovery, says Steven Richard of Nixon Peabody LLP.
While marketing departments rapidly have embraced social media advertising, legal departments are cautious in giving them the green light. Trying to keep your company’s marketing timely and clever, while also making sure it is legal, can be a juggling act for many, say Erin Hickey and Nancy Ly of Fish & Richardson PC.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has embarked on a bold new legal strategy designed to bring sports betting to the Garden State. Despite the optimism expressed on many fronts, the latest gambit is unlikely to succeed, says Daniel Wallach of Becker & Poliakoff PA.
Fall is in the air. September is flying by. In a few weeks the U.S. Supreme Court will be convening again. But while there are securities cases on the docket, there is nothing as momentous as Halliburton, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.
In recent years, the number of private actions filed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act has risen sharply, but perhaps more concerning is that litigants are using the act to target an increasingly broad range of industries, say attorneys with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.
A recent Law360 article about the perennial BigLaw concern over how to recruit and retain female and ethnically diverse attorneys addressed a new approach being taken by some law firms — going beyond traditional mentoring programs by creating a sponsorship relationship. Pro bono can also play a part, say David Lash and Merle Vaughn of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.
For a law firm, excess time dedicated to legal research generates waste, either in the form of artificially reduced billable hours or, particularly in flat or contingency fee projects, as overhead eroding the profitability of legal work. By measuring five factors, firms will begin to understand their own opportunities for improving profits, says David Houlihan of Blue Hill Research Inc.
Although the ruling in the Washington Redskins trademark case has garnered much fanfare, Pro-Football Inc.’s constitutional challenges to that decision and Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act have received relatively little attention, say Vinita Ferrera and Richard Crudo of WilmerHale.
Each lawyer's practice is a self-run business, even within the platform of a firm, and yet the level of entrepreneurialism within the practice of law is oftentimes marginalized, says legal industry business development specialist Jenn Topper.
As state and local governments increasingly turn to taxes on gaming and other traditionally regulated products and activities, a recent Illinois case is a timely reminder to taxpayers that many of these “sin taxes” may be vulnerable to challenge, because they do not represent a valid exercise of the police power and are merely a veiled attempt to raise revenue, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.