Former professional basketball player Damon Jones was hit with a suit in Texas federal court Thursday by a marketing and events company that said the athlete backed out of a military goodwill tour to serve as a commentator during the NBA Finals.
Five former Kansas City Chiefs players claimed in a lawsuit Tuesday that the team had failed to warn them about the health risks posed by concussions — the first time NFL retirees have targeted a team, rather than the league, over head injuries.
Miami's Hialeah Park has filed suit in Florida court against Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association Inc., claiming the nonprofit breached multiyear agreements concerning the handling of $26.4 million of purse money, including a Horsemen's Fund intended to make benevolent distributions to participants.
The artist who created a seductive replica of the Statue of Liberty for a Las Vegas hotel and casino sued the U.S. Postal Service last week, claiming the mail carrier violated his copyrights by using a picture of the sculpture on a stamp without permission.
The state of Massachusetts on Monday filed a lawsuit in state court against a Native American tribe pursuing a gambling project in Martha's Vineyard, over the alleged violation of a decades-old settlement agreement between the two governments.
A radio jingle and music licensing company bought by Westwood One Inc. infringed the copyright to the Norman Greenbaum hit “Sprit in the Sky” by distributing copies to radio networks without permission, according to a suit filed Wednesday by the song’s producer and copyright holder.
A pair of producers planning a movie based on the life of infamous pimp and blues guitar player Fillmore Slim launched a suit in Texas state court Wednesday against Shamrock One Capital LLC, saying a promised $20 million investment in the film never materialized.
Rhapsody International Inc. finally went to court Wednesday in a long-brewing fight over its control of the infamous “Napster” name, lodging a trademark infringement and unfair competition suit against the owner of an open-source music sharing site called Napster.fm.
A slot machine company filed a $5 million suit Tuesday against a competitor formed by the company’s former in-house counsel, alleging he poached employees and appropriated trade secrets in violation of a nondisclosure agreement he signed upon his exit.
The former NHL players suing the league over its handling of concussions face the same daunting obstacles as their NFL counterparts, attorneys say: a string of collective bargaining agreements that could boot their claims out of court, and potential difficulty linking their symptoms to hits they took during their professional careers.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center on Tuesday sued the U.S. Department of Justice in D.C. federal court, saying it violated the Freedom of Information Act by ignoring its requests for records regarding the legal authority for the National Security Agency’s collection of people’s communications from leading Internet companies.
The National Hockey League was hit with a putative class action in D.C. federal court on Friday by 10 former NHL players who say they suffer from pathological and debilitating effects of brain injuries caused by concussive impacts sustained during their professional careers.
A woman who says her photo was used to make fake profiles on IAC/Interactive Corp.-owned dating sites, including Match.com, filed a $1.5 billion putative class action Thursday seeking to force the sites to use facial recognition technology to protect customers from fraudulent profiles.
The editor and publisher of New Jersey's largest newspaper sued a business owner in New Jersey federal court Tuesday, accusing him of linking web domains bearing their names to pornography in retaliation for publishing negative articles about his business practices in a consumer protection column.
The owner of the Houston Astros said in a suit filed Thursday in Texas state court that Comcast Corp. and the ballclub’s former owner, billionaire Drayton McLane Jr., duped him into overpaying for the team and its stake in a regional sports network.
Federal prosecutors stunned Penn National Racetrack on Friday with a rare law enforcement action on alleged doping by trainers and manipulation of handicapping data by an employee, hitting four individuals at the central Pennsylvania facility, also home to a casino, with fraud charges.
GoldieBlox Inc., a toy company that created a viral promotional video satirizing the message of the Beastie Boys' song "Girls," hit the band with a preemptive lawsuit in California federal court Thursday, seeking a judgment that the parody video makes fair use of the track.
A Miami art gallery and framing shop sued the builders of the $1 billion downtown Brickell CityCentre project in Florida court on Monday, claiming the work is causing damage and danger to the neighboring business and to people who work and shop there.
The NCAA has sued video game maker Electronic Arts Inc. and Collegiate Licensing Co., reportedly alleging they breached their contractual obligations to the association and can't use a $40 million settlement to bow out of an antitrust class action brought by student-athletes alleging unauthorized use of their likenesses.
A putative class of shareholders in a flash memory storage company say its stock price was artificially inflated by executives’ false promises that Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. were still buying the company’s products, according to a suit filed Tuesday in California federal court.
State attorneys general gave online privacy protection increasing attention in 2013. There was mounting pressure from attorneys general to expand privacy protections, a rising number of enforcement actions and increased coordination among states, says Jason Crawford, a federal law clerk.
The term of copyright in sound recordings and performers' rights has been extended in Europe from 50 to 70 years for sound recordings that were first released on or after Jan. 1, 1963. It seems likely that the new law will have at least some commercial impact once the interplay between a number of provisions meant to benefit performers have been subject to careful analysis, say Sarah Byrt and Daniel Gallagher of Mayer Brown LLP.
The stars of the reality show "Dog the Bounty Hunter" recently succeeded in convincing the California labor commissioner to side with them in a dispute against their former manager/producer. The case provides a valuable lesson for managers who have side agreements with others in connection with their clients’ projects, says David Mark of Buchalter Nemer PLC.
In the past few months, several courts have considered how U.S. state and federal laws apply to defamation claims over negative online reviews. As the resulting decisions demonstrate, the barriers to succeeding on such a claim are high, say Matt Kellogg and Simon Frankel of Covington & Burling LLP.
The recent California appeals court decision in GetFugu Inc. v. Patton Boggs LLP serves as a reminder that parties should refrain from attempting to litigate their case in the press or on social media, particularly if the statements are known to be false, or the veracity of such statements is not yet confirmed, say Mark Hansen and Robert Milligan of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
Whether or not the significant changes to China's trademark laws can be practically implemented or lead to real change, China has taken a positive step toward recognizing and protecting intellectual property rights in a manner consistent with international norms, say Perry Viscounty and Jennifer Barry of Latham & Watkins LLP.
The aggressively regulatory approach under the Consumer Choice in Online Video Act ensures that the bill as a whole is not likely to become law. The Furthering Access and Networks for Sports Act, introduced in the Senate the same day, addresses sports blackouts and also is unlikely to move as a standalone bill, say Seth Davidson and Arthur Harding of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.
The Federal Communications Commission recently unanimously adopted a declaratory ruling granting a request by the Coalition for Broadcast Investment to relax a longstanding de facto cap on foreign investment in broadcast companies, which marks a significant shift in regulatory policy and, in turn, presents a significant business opportunity, says Mace Rosenstein of Covington & Burling LLP.
Picture this: A seller of goods is losing tens of millions of dollars per year on a requirements contract containing price caps that the parties have operated under for years. Given the Uniform Commercial Code and relevant case law, it would be natural — and completely logical — to accept the cogent authority establishing that rising costs are generally insufficient to invalidate a contract. I am betting that, in this case, the law will trick you, says Andrew Jarzyna of Ulmer & Berne LLP.
The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has been aggressively applied to issues or disputes that were not even conceived when the statute was enacted. However, as seen in United States v. Kane, there are limits to its application, says Jeffrey Neuburger of Proskauer Rose LLP.